ROVERS lacked a cutting edge to put the brakes on Rangers’ unstoppable march towards the Premier League.
There was little to choose between Sean O’Driscoll’s men and the runaway Championship leaders over the ninety minutes but QPR grabbed the all important goal and never looked like throwing the points away.
The powerful London side had just too much savvy and know-how for injury hit Rovers who looked lightweight and a little naive by comparison.
Rangers dominated the early stages with Iceland international striker Heidar Helguson heading against the post in the 5th minute.
It took some time for Rovers to settle to their task but they broke away in the 16th minute with Sam Hird and James Coppinger combining to set up a chance for Franck Moussa who mishit his shot and saw the ball hit the foot of the post.
Brian Stock also rattled the woodwork and the energetic Moussa had a header tipped over the bar just before the interval.
But a lapse in concentration proved fatal for Rovers when Hogan Ephraim struck early in the second half.
Rovers took too long to close him down after Ephraim had got past Hird on Rovers’ right flank in the 47th minute and he slotted home a curling low effort past the partially unsighted Gary Woods.
Helguson missed a great chance to add a second when he headed wide five minutes later and Rangers shut up shop effectively after that.
Rovers battled to the finish but their moments of menace were few and far between with substitutes Ryan Mason and Jason Euell heading wide in the closing stages.