EARLY goals from Luke Freeman and Pawel Wszolek gave QPR their first victory of the season and a place in the second round of the Carabao Cup.
The R’s got off to the perfect start in the 3rd minute when Luke Freeman converted from close range after good work from Conor Washington before three minutes later Pawel Wszolek added a second to secure victory inside the opening six minutes.
Rangers boss Steve McClaren made six changes to his team for the visit of Peterborough, following Saturday’s slender home Championship defeat at the hands of Sheffield United.
Former Posh striker Conor Washington was drafted into the starting XI – as were goalkeeper Joe Lumley, Alex Baptiste, Jordan Cousins, Pawel Wszolek and Bright Osayi-Samuel.
Matt Ingram, Ebere Eze, Paul Smyth and Idrissa Sylla dropped down to the bench, while Joel Lynch and Massimo Luongo sat out altogether.
Meanwhile, there was also a spot among the substitutes for Grant Hall, following his long-term absence with a knee injury.
The R’s lined up in a 4-2-3-1 formation: Lumley; Osman Kakay, Toni Leistner, Baptiste, Jake Bidwell; Cousins, Josh Scowen; Wszolek, Freeman, Osayi-Samuel; Washington.
Peterborough came to the capital in good form and no doubt full of confidence, following two wins from two at the beginning of their league campaign.
But Rangers were in no mood to offer their League One visitors a hospitable welcome – racing into a two-goal lead after just six minutes.
QPR opened the scoring in the third minute. Posh goalkeeper Aaron Chapman couldn’t get enough purchase on his clearance following Washington's low cross from the right, before Freeman followed up to shoot home from only eight yards.
Washington then played the role of the architect in the sixth minute again.
The strikers through ball put Wszolek in the clear, who in turn tucked his effort under advancing ‘keeper Chapman as he raced into the penalty area.
A commanding start – and Rangers looked extremely comfortable in possession for it.
In turn, a seemingly shell-shocked Posh side offered little. In the 20th minute, QPR’s Scowen went on a buccaneering run through the middle before shooting wide.
The rest of the half certainly wasn’t as fast as the opening stanza, with no further chances arriving.
Importantly, though, Rangers - who never looked threatened - had a two-goal lead intact.
Peterborough made a change at the break but that didn’t seem to shift the pattern of the game with Josh Scowen going close with a free-kick that went inches wide of the post.
Rangers went close again two minutes later when a quick counter-attack saw Conor Washington release Osayi-Samuel who shifted it onto his left foot before firing narrowly wide.
The missed opportunities seemed to awaken Peterborough who upped the tempo of their play and enjoyed a dominant spell which resulted in three corners and Sikiri Dembele firing a powerful drive just past the far post.
In the 69th minute, Peterborough almost halved the deficit when defender Ryan Tafazolli met a Dembele corner but his header was deflected just wide.
There was then a spectacular effort from full-back Jake Bidwell who tried an audacious shot with the outside of his left boot that forced Chapman into a good save.
Ten minutes from time Peterborough created their best chance of the game. Good hold up play from Jason Cummings saw him release a pass to Dembele who found himself one on one with Lumley but the R’s number one produced a good save with his right leg.
A minute later the visitors once again should have scored when Matt Gooden beat Bidwell down the left and put an accurate cross into the path of Cummings but the forward took his eye off the ball and shanked it wide.
The final chance of the game fell to R’s substitute who headed just over the bar from a Bidwell cross as QPR comfortably put themselves in the hat for the second round draw.