QPR bowed out of this season’s Carabao Cup competition following a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Portsmouth at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.
A tie devoid of clear opportunities in the main, two late goals were enough to send League One Pompey through to the third round in W12.
First John Marquis (77) scored from the penalty spot after initially tangling with Toni Leistner in the box.
And just four minutes later, Kenny Jackett’s men completed the win thanks to Marcus Harness’ easy close-range finish.
Ahead of our seventh August fixture already, QPR boss Mark Warburton made seven changes to his team following Saturday’s 3-1 home success over Wigan Athletic in the Championship.
Only Yoann Barbet, Ryan Manning, Ilias Chair and Marc Pugh were named in Rangers’ first XI for the visit of Pompey – with Charlie Owens and Brighton loanee Jan Mlakar handed their first senior starts for the club.
The R’s, in a 4-2-3-1 formation, lined up as: Liam Kelly; Todd Kane, Leistner (captain), Barbet, Manning; Owens, Matt Smith; Bright Osayi-Samuel, Chair, Pugh; Mlakar.
Rangers looked bright early on and so nearly edged in front following a fine team move in the 11th minute.
‘Keeper Kelly started the attack inside QPR’s box and, after a flurry of passes, Mlakar sent a cross-shot wide – with the ball only just evading Osayi-Samuel at the back post.
Twelve minutes later, Portsmouth’s Craig MacGillivray was tested for the first time. Chair cut in from the right flank before his stinging drive was collected by the visiting goalkeeper at the second attempt.
At the other end, Pompey’s opening effort of note came in the 26th minute – Ross McCrorie’s low distance attempt pushed away from goal by R’s custodian Kelly.
Then in the 32nd minute, with the visitors enjoying their best spell of the game yet, attacker Ronan Curtis – on the turn – sent a 20-yard effort past the right-hand post.
After a relatively lively opening, the tempo of the tie dulled somewhat thereafter – with the first half a pretty even encounter in the end come half-time.
However, Rangers really should have opened the scoring in the 54th minute.
From the left-hand side, Manning sent over a cross for Pugh who, after escaping his marker, could only head straight at MacGillivray from eight yards.
A minute later, Smith’s rasping drive from outside the box also flew over the crossbar.
The R’s then made a double substitution in the 59th minute. Ebere Eze and Nahki Wells replaced Osayi-Samuel and Chair respectively.
Pompey's maiden effort of the closing period arrived in the 68th minute – sub Sean Raggett crashing a 20-yard shot over the bar.
At the other end, in the 71st minute, Pugh and Wells combined for the latter to shoot harmlessly past the upright.
Clear-cut chances hadn’t exactly flowed during this encounter – but the visitors didn’t pass on the golden opportunity to lead from the penalty spot come the 77th minute.
Marquis went to ground after clashing with Leistner in the area, before the former stepped up to slide into the bottom left-hand corner from 12 yards.
Advantage Pompey late on. Could the R’s respond?
Unfortunately not, with the visitors even extending their lead to take a 2-0 victory and progress to round three of the Carabao Cup.
McCrorie skipped away down the left and, when he picked out an unmarked Harness at the back post, the latter applied the finish from close range.
Highlights: QPR 0, Portsmouth 2
WATCH highlights from QPR's 2-0 defeat to Portsmouth at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium on Wednesday night.