After receiving backing of owner Tony Fernandes in the wake of Monday’s home loss to West Ham United there was a feeling the luck of Mark Hughes and his players would change for the better in the Midlands.
Any hope of that happening was quickly snuffed out by a ruthless Albion side that capitalised on a customary defensive lapse to snatch a fifth minute lead. A swift counter attack caught the visitors off guard and James Morrison profited to head Shane Long’s cross past Julio Cesar.
Having taken just three points from a possible 48 since returning to the Premier League it was no surprise that the R’s fell further behind in the 22nd minute. Zoltan Gera was the man on hand to double the Baggies’ lead, taking advantage of Anton Ferdinand’s inability to clear a right-wing cross and steering the ball home from 12-yards.
That appeared to wake QPR up from their slumber enough to fashion a stunning riposte 10 minutes before half time. It was another one for the scrapbook for Adel Taraabt as he rifled a stunning volley past Ben Foster after controlling Esteban Granero’s lofted pass on his chest.
Taarabt, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Granero all went close to an equaliser after the break but their hopes of salvaging a point were ended with Youssouf Mulumbu latching on to Gonzalo Jara’s pass and beat Cesar to wrap up another impressive win for Albion.
The away side continued to press and still had time to peg the hosts back further courtesy of a sublime strike from Granero but remain rooted to the bottom as Steve Clarke’s men moved up to the heady heights of fourth.