A TEN-MINUTE purple patch saw Rangers score three goals and come from behind to take victory in this rip-roaring west London derby at Loftus Road.
In some atrocious W12 rain, Championship top scorer Neal Maupay registered his 12th league goal of the campaign to hand Brentford a 22nd-minute lead.
But QPR responded in empathic fashion to ultimately secure all three points and rise to 10th in the table.
Massimo Luongo (50) got the ball rolling for the R’s, before further goals from Joel Lynch (58) and Nahki Wells (60) at the Loft End gave Steve McClaren’s Hoops a commanding lead.
The Bees did respond with a second goal through Henrik Dalsgaard in the 81st minute, though couldn’t add a third during a tense finale.
Following last weekend’s slender defeat at Blackburn Rovers, Rangers were able to welcome Geoff Cameron back in the starting XI following his return from a hamstring injury.
That was our only change, with Tomer Hemed missing out once more with a groin complaint.
In a 4-4-1-1 formation, the R’s lined up as: Joe Lumley; Angel Rangel, Toni Leistner, Lynch, Jake Bidwell; Pawel Wszolek, Luongo, Cameron, Luke Freeman; Ebere Eze; Wells.
Brentford made a bright start, with Sergi Canos’ low 20-yard drive in the third minute forcing Lumley into a fine fingertips stop.
Rangers settled thereafter, though, and Wells twice went close for the hosts in minutes seven and 11.
First, the Burnley loanee flashed an effort past the foot of the right-hand post, as QPR looked to capitalise on a miskick from Bees goalkeeper Dan Bentley, then saw his distance blast deflect over.
Better from Rangers and, in the 17th minute, McClaren’s men went even closer – as Cameron’s 25-yard thunderbolt whistled only inches past the target.
However, it was visitors Brentford who drew first blood through the league’s leading marksman in the 22nd minute.
Said Benrahma’s drive from range was beaten away by Lumley, before Maupay reacted first to follow up and head beyond the R’s goalkeeper from close range.
Advantage Brentford – and 1-0 was how the score remained up until the break, with a tight encounter taking place for the remainder of the first period.
Rangers almost levelled on the stroke of half-time, after Freeman’s flighted free-kick into the visiting box caused a bit of a scramble, but Romaine Saywers was eventually on hand to hack Lynch’s close-range attempt off the goal-line.
The first half ended with Bees striker and goalscorer Maupay being stretchered off, following lengthy treatment for a suspected head injury.
And things weren’t about to get much better for the visitors when, just five minutes after half-time, Rangers got themselves level.
Freeman’s low right-flank centre caused confusion in the Brentford ranks and, when the ball eventually fell for Luongo, he applied a simple finish from all of three-yards out.
Game on in the west London derby.
Soon after that equalising goal, Lumley was forced into a fantastic reaction stop to deny Benrahma at close range.
Rangers then roared in front on the back of it, registering two quick-fire goals to take a 3-1 lead!
The R’s were ahead come the 58th minute, as Lynch got the finishing touch when skipper Leistner headed on another Freeman free-kick.
And a third goal on the hour mark really did raise the Loftus Road roof.
Wszolek’s low ball in from the right saw Wells take a shot before the ball broke back into his path, allowing the forward to race through on goal and slide beyond Bentley.
What a turnaround.
Chances continued to flow after that.
In the 63rd minute, Benrahma forced another superb save from Lumley while, at the other end six minutes later, Freeman dragged wide of the left-hand post – albeit on the angle.
As the clock ticked down, the R’s – now full of confidence – began to play some intricate passing football.
However, a Bees second nine minutes from time promised a grandstand finish.
Sawyers' lovely slide-rule pass freed Dalsgaard in the penalty area, who drilled low and beyond Lumley from 12 yards.
Thankfully, though, there was to be no late heartbreak for the R’s, who defended stoutly during four minutes of second-half stoppage time to take the points.
Three-two to the Super Hoops.