QPR suffered a 2-0 defeat at Huddersfield Town at the John Smiths Stadium with two first-half goals proving to do the damage.
The Terriers took the lead early on with a superb strike from Josh Koroma and doubled that lead just before the break when Harry Toffolo found the back of the net.
It was no more than the hosts deserved after they dominated for much of this game.
Rangers, in truth, found it difficult to create any real chances which certainly isn’t something that can be said too often about this side.
Mark Warburton made three changes from the side that lost 2-1 to Bristol City in midweek, with Todd Kane, Niko Hamalainen and Geoff Cameron coming in for Ossie Kakay, Lee Wallace and Dom Ball respectively.
Despite encouraging aspects of the last two fixtures against Brentford and the Robins, the R’s chief is always quick to highlight it’s a results industry and the squad approached this game keen to address that short-coming.
November’s Player of the Month Seny Dieng continued between the posts behind a back four, from left to right, of Hamalainen, Yoann Barbet, Rob Dickie and Kane.
Cameron partnered Tom Carroll in front of the back four while Chris Willock, Ilias Chair and Bright Osayi-Samuel operated behind the lone striker of Lyndon Dykes.
The hosts had picked up a win, draw and defeat from their last three games and headed into this match on the back of a 3-0 loss at Cardiff.
Under Carlos Corberan, the Terriers have adopted a high-press, passing style of play and they certainly flew out of the blocks, stunning the R’s with an opening goal in the 4th minute.
Josh Koroma picked the ball up on the left and advanced before curling beyond Dieng, into the top corner.
The early strike gave the hosts a lift and they nearly doubled that advantage just a minute later, but this time a fine save from Dieng denied Harry Toffolo.
As QPR looked to play themselves back into this game, some nice link up play saw Willock try his luck from distance but his effort was easily gathered by Ben Hamer in the Huddersfield goal.
There were good passages of play from Huddersfield throughout the first half and shortly after a Frazier Campbell effort was saved by Dieng, the hosts doubled their lead when full-back Toffolo slid the ball beyond the R’s keeper.
It came after another slick passing move and was no more than the Terriers deserved.
Rangers went in at the break two behind and knowing they had a big challenge facing them after the interval if they were to take anything from this game against a Huddersfield side playing with a real swagger.
Warburton made one change at the break, bringing on Macauley Bonne for Dykes, while George Thomas and Ball were introduced shortly after at the expense of Willock and Cameron respectively.
Huddersfield continued to enjoy much of the play as Rangers battled to stamp their own authority on the match.
Lewis O’Brien forced an excellent flaying save from Dieng on 65 minutes, his edge of the box effort being palmed away by the Rangers stopper.
Despite creating numerous chances against Bristol City four days ago, QPR were finding it difficult to get beyond the Huddersfield backline and really test Hamer.
On 73 minutes, Carroll played a ball towards the far post which Hamalainen was just unable to get on the end of. Despite the control of the game being enjoyed by Huddersfield, a goal at this stage could just change the direction the match was heading in.
With ten minutes remaining, Osayi-Samuel and Chair were replaced by Charlie Kelman and Albert Adomah respectively.
Unfortunately, they were unable to change the momentum and nature of the match and Huddersfield were comfortably able to see the game out.
Rangers will look to get themselves back on track when they visit Millwall at The Den on Tuesday night.