Summary: QPR are on the brink of relegation after Stoke enhanced their own survival prospects with victory on a decisive day at Loftus Road.
The Potters are now six points above the relegation zone after goals in each half from Peter Crouch and Jonathan Walters as they won for only the second time in 2013.
For Harry Redknapp and his side the future looks bleak as the Championship drew ever closer on another deflating afternoon in west London.
A bright start from the R’s raised the optimism and the noise from the home support and Loic Remy went close to scoring twice only to be denied by Asmir Begovic.
But they were made to pay for their wastefulness as Stoke snatched the lead just before the break. Marc Wilson regained possession with a superb tackle and released Cameron Jerome who saw his drilled, low cross converted by the waiting Crouch.
Remy was thwarted again by Begovic in the second half before Stoke put the game to bed 13 minute from time. Clint Hill dragged Crouch to the ground in the area and Walters stepped up to fire low past Robert Green at the second time of asking and push QPR closer to England’s second tier.
Harry Redknapp post match…“It looks in tatters doesn’t it, it’s very difficult. We’ve got to try to win a game or two, we’ve got to go to Reading next week and try to win. It looks almost impossible doesn’t it. It would take a real miracle.
Tony Pulis post match…“It takes a bit of pressure off but there is still pressure there and the four games we’ll play are very tough games. 40 points will be enough because we have good goal difference. A win or three draws, I don’t care how we cook it.
Good day for…Jon Walters: Although his influence across the 90 minutes was minimal he kept his nerve to score from the penalty spot to give Stoke a crucial two-goal buffer even after being forced into a retake.
Bad day for…Clint Hill: Conceded the penalty that led to Stoke’s second goal and was the weak link in the QPR rearguard. Caught out on numerous occasions and generally struggled with the pace of the game.