R'S MANAGER Mark Hughes admits his side ‘gifted’ the game to West Bromwich Albion after a 3-2 defeat at The Hawthorns.
The Baggies were two goals up inside just 22 first-half minutes before Adel Taarabt replied with a splendid volley.
Rangers pressed for an equaliser throughout the second period but would concede a third goal five minutes from time through Youssef Mulumbu, following a fine team move.
Esteban Granero struck a consolation second for QPR in the dying seconds but it was not enough avoid defeat.
“We gave ourselves too much to do,” Hughes told www.qpr.co.uk. “When you want to give a performance away from home, you’ve got to do the fundamentals right.
“Unfortunately, we didn’t do that in the opening period of the game.
“There were a number of occasions where West Brom got out wide, put good quality into the box and got on to the end of it. That’s basic defending.
“You have to be ready to deal with that from the first whistle. That’s two games now (including Monday night’s home defeat to West Ham United) where we’ve been caught on the back foot and paid the price.”
Hughes added: “It’s frustrating, because for long periods we were in total control of the game – certainly in the second half, where our intensity was better.
“We took the game to West Brom at the end and scored two very, very good goals. But from our view we gifted goals to them because we didn’t defend correctly.
“When you give the home side a two-goal head-start, it’s nigh-on impossible to recover. We’ve got cut that out of our play.”