QPR suffered a 2-0 defeat at Leeds United with the hosts scoring in each half to secure all three points.
Tyler Roberts opened the scoring six minutes before the interval with a low shot from the edge of the box while Jack Harrison was on target seven minutes from time with a neat finish from 12 yards.
In truth, the visitors had the better of the opportunities over the course of the game on what was a difficult afternoon for QPR at Elland Road.
Mark Warburton made three changes from the side that lost to Brentford on Monday evening, bringing in Lee Wallace for his R’s debut along with Dominic Ball and Jordan Hugill, who completed a one-game ban against the Bees.
It meant the R’s lined up with Liam Kelly between the posts behind a back three of Wallace, Grant Hall and Toni Leistner.
Ryan Manning operated as a left wingback with Angel Rangel doing likewise on the right.
Dominic Ball was in the centre of the park just behind Ilias Chair and Ebere Eze while Hugill joined Nahki Wells in attack.
Rangers started the game brightly and in the 6th minute Manning came close to being able to give Warburton’s side the lead when Wells’ cross from the right almost found him at the far post but the Irishman was just unable to apply the finishing touch.
At the other end of the pitch, Mateusz Klich had a great opportunity to score the opener moments later when a cross from the right found him in acres of space but he volleyed his effort over the bar from ten yards.
It was certainly a lively start at Elland Road and on ten minutes Stuart Dallas forced a low save from Kelly with a 20-yard curling effort.
On 22 minutes, Klich was booked when he grabbed Eze by the neck after the R’s No.10 turned him in the middle of the pitch as the visitors look to get at the Leeds backline.
Two minutes later, Luke Ayling headed Kalvin Phillips’ floated freekick over the crossbar while on 26 minutes Patrick Bamford looked set to give Leeds the lead when he raced clear and went round Kelly but debut-boy Wallace was there to pull of a stunning last ditch tackle to keep the scores level!
On 34 minutes, Bamford had another great chance to open the scoring when Dallas pulled the ball back across the face of goal from the left but the Leeds striker was unable to convert from close range to Rangers’ relief.
The hosts were enjoying a sustained period of pressure and the R’s had to ride the storm as they battled to stay in the game.
But on 39 minutes Leeds got the breakthrough and it came through Tyler Roberts who fired low from 20 yards into the bottom left hand corner beyond Kelly.
On the stroke of half-time Hugill came within inches of drawing the R’s level when Wells’ turn and shot from the edge of the box deflected into his path, but despite his best efforts he just couldn’t apply the finishing touch as the ball bobbled just away from him and wide of the far post.
After the restart, Bamford again came close to getting his name on the scoresheet when a neatly worked move by Leeds found him in the box but he couldn’t apply the vital touch as the ball crossed the six-yard-box.
Moments later, Rangers were dealt a blow when Leistner went down seemingly unchallenged and had to be replaced. Todd Kane came on for the German defender and Rangel moved to right-sided centre back with Kane operating as a wingback.
It was a scrappy start to the second half with a series of niggly fouls committed from both sides.
Roberts fired over from 18 yards for the hosts as they looked to extend their lead.
Midway through the second period, Chair was replaced by Pugh as Warburton looked to get control of the game.
Bamford thought he has finally got himself on the scoresheet when he headed home from close range but the assistant’s flag ruled the goal out to the dismay of the Leeds crowd.
Pugh had an effort from distance which drifted wide before Wells was replaced by Jan Malakar with 20 minutes remaining.
On 72 minutes, Pugh played Kane down the right and he delivered a brilliant, whipped cross for Hugill but the R’s striker headed wide from ten yards.
But a little over ten minutes later Leeds doubled their lead when Pugh blocked a throughball but it fell into the path of Jack Harrison who coolly slotted the ball beyond Kelly from 12 yards.
In the closing stages, Rangers pushed forward in a bid to get themselves back into this game but the Leeds rearguard held firm to seal the victory.