A PENALTY in either half was enough to see off the R’s, who fell to a 2-0 defeat to Preston North End in W12.
Alex Neil’s men took the lead thanks to Daniel Johnson’s 24th-minute spot-kick.
Rangers were firmly second best after that and North End wrapped up a deserved win on 60 minutes, as Scott Sinclair tucked away the visitors’ second penalty of the night.
QPR boss Mark Warburton made one enforced change to his starting line-up for the visit of Preston, following Saturday’s 0-0 draw at AFC Bournemouth.
Luke Amos’ season-ending ACL injury subjected him to the sidelines, so Tom Carroll deputised in a 4-2-3-1 formation.
Injury also continued to keep Lyndon Dykes out.
The Hoops lined up as: Seny Dieny; Osman Kakay, Rob Dickie, Yoann Barbet, Lee Wallace; Geoff Cameron, Dom Ball; Bright Osayi-Samuel, Ilias Chair, Carroll; Macauley Bonne.
When the game got underway, QPR were first to threaten in the eighth minute.
Chair’s dinked pass put Osayi-Samuel in the clear but, as he looked to round North End goalkeeper Declan Rudd, the visiting custodian just did enough to avert the danger.
The first half was a hard-fought affair which saw Preston open the scoring from the penalty spot.
Wallace was penalised for his box challenge on former R’s loanee Sinclair and, when Johnson subsequently stepped up from 12 yards, he slid the visitors in front on 24 minutes.
Preston certainly took confidence from their goal. In truth, Rangers struggled to get going somewhat after that and, in the 31st minute, North End had strong claims for a second penalty dismissed when Emil Riis Jakobsen went down under challenge in the area.
Seven minutes later, Brad Potts’ range attempt so nearly caught Dieng off his line, who just about kept the effort out after he flung himself to his right.
North End continued to press going into the second half.
Four minutes into the closing period, Riis Jakobsen spurned a fine chance from just six yards, that following Alan Browne’s floated cross.
Warburton reacted by making a first R’s change. Albert Adomah replaced Ball just short of the hour.
However, the R’s would fall further behind come the 60th minute.
Another Preston penalty – this time after Riis Jakobsen was felled by Wallace – was duly dispatched by Sinclair. Rangers were now firmly up against it.
A second substitution eventually followed, as Chair made way for Chris Willock.
There was to be no late comeback, though.
Rangers huffed and puffed but rarely looked like finding a way back into this contest.
Adomah struck the post at the Loft End in second-half stoppage time, but that was as close as QPR came to a reply.
They’ll be keen to respond when Birmingham City visit the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium on Saturday.