QPR Under-23s suffered a 3-1 away defeat to Millwall in this Professional Development League Two South fixture on Friday afternoon at The Den.
Portuguese winger Brandon Aveiro’s first-half strike wasn’t enough for the R’s as they were condemned to defeat in south London.
Rangers, who were managed by boss Paul Furlong on his 52nd birthday, started the clash positively with Alex Aoraha going close in the early exchanges, but it was the hosts who took the lead in the ninth minute.
Ben Thompson was the man, with a fine effort from the edge of the box which flew past the helpless Joe Walsh in the R’s goal.
However, after going behind Furlong’s side looked for a route back into the game, with Sean Adarkwa unlucky not to latch onto a perfectly-weighted through ball.
This saw the R’s only growing in confidence and in the 25th minute they found a equaliser, with a fine strike from recent recruit Aveiro.
But, just seven minutes later, experienced Icelandic striker Jon Dadi Bodvarsson was able to finish a good move from the Lions, restoring their lead once again.
This is how it remained at the break, however only three minutes after the restart a fine free kick from Sean O’Brien found defender Besart Topalloj, who was able to head home at the far post, further extending the Lions’ lead.
The Super Hoops tried to find a route back in the game with Ody Alfa, Franklin Domi and Aaron Drewe all going close in the closing exchanges.
But the R’s were to leave south London empty-handed.
QPR: Walsh, Williams-Lowe, Domi, Drewe, Kefalas, Trialist, Aveiro, Aoraha, Adarkwa, Duke-McKenna, Alfa.
Substitutes: Little, Trialist, McLean, Ajose.