QPR UNDER-23S suffered defeat to Charlton Athletic on Monday.
Paul Hall’s side were punished for a slow start at Harlington, where the visitors raced into a 3-0 lead midway through the first half at Harlington.
Goals either side of half-time from Aiden Mesias and Mickel Platt gave Rangers hope but it was shortlived, as Charlton responded to run-out comprehensive winners in west London.
The young R’s made the worst possible start – conceding twice in the opening six minutes.
First Igor Vetokele crossed for strike partner Wassim Aouachria to head home, before the pair combined moments later – Vetokele this time getting on the end of Aouachria’s centre.
It got worse when Caden Genovesi was penalised for a trip on Aouachria, allowing Charlton captain Taylor Maloney to add a third from the penalty spot.
Meanwhile, Rangers were left frustrated at the other end as Genovesi saw an effort well-saved before the woodwork denied Amrit Bansal-McNulty.
They did at least find the net before half-time. Bansal-McNulty’s searching cross picked out Mesias, whose diving header found the bottom corner.
And a comeback seemed on the cards when Rangers found a second soon after the interval. Olamide Shodipo’s left-wing centre came back off the post, but Platt was perfectly placed to put away the rebound.
The R’s hopes were quickly extinguished, though. Charlton quickly restored their two-goal cushion courtesy of strikes from right-back Kenneth Yao and Aouachria’s second of the afternoon.
There was time for more too, as defender Toby Stevenson stabbed home a sixth for the visitors 15 minutes from time.
It was Rangers who completed the scoring – Mesias converting his second at the death – but it was scant consolation.
QPR U23: Brzozowski, Williams-Lowe, Genovesi, Bettache, Omar, Fox, Tilt, Mesias, Platt, Bansal-McNulty, Shodipo.
Subs: Bowman, Remy, Wells, Noel-McLeod.
Goals: Mesias 38, 90, Platt 50.
Images courtesy of Ian Randall.