Told in official QPR tweets and video - here are a few soundbites from Ian Hollway after hitting form at St Andrews.

From the moment QPR were ahead from Matt Smith's header it eased Hoops to a much needed victory.

How did they do it?

Telling statistics

If Sky Sports are to be believed Birmingham had 62 per cent possession and only two shots on target.

Rs had nine that would have rustled the onion bag, and were clearly the more aggressive side. After all, a foul count of 25 to 11, showed which side was prepared to put it about.

Tongue twister: Matt Smith puts Rangers ahead

Same start as against Blackburn - this time an early goal made all the difference

Rangers hit fifth gear from the whistle last time they were away at Blackburn, but failed to convert chances that came their way.

Smith's thumping header was a wrong righted, and it was so much easier after that.

Matt Smith has a good memory of Birmingham

There was a Blues fear (see below) that he might recall scoring a brace against Brum for Leeds in October 2013.

He obviously did, and was a towering menace all the way to being substituted in the 80 minute.

It's a strange thing that players have it in for certain sides. Luckily, for Rs it happens to be their newest forward against Franco Zola's side.

Never give a sucker an even break

Birmingham are struggling under former Chelsea hero Zola.

In the first half, the Italian had to watch his side struggle to find any impetus, and Rs made sure they were pegged back time and time again to increase anxiety on the bench and in the home stands.

With bit firmly between teeth it was Rs again who took it to the home side in the second 45 minutes.

Grant Hall brings so much more to Rangers than any other defender – or is it midfielder?

Last season's player of the year has failed to reach the same heights as 2015-16, but his steadying influence and commitment makes him a rock despite the best efforts of others.

This game was another where what came his way, and admittedly it wasn't much, was effectively dealt with, while his midfield holding role allowed him to get forward when it mattered.

Important: Grant Hall

He also had a decent header saved in the second half.

And the match...

QPR were very worthy winners at Birmingham to record a first win in five attempts.

Goals from Matt Smith, Conor Washington and subs Idrissa Sylla and Yeni N'Gbakoto did the job - and City, managed by former Chelsea hero Gianfranco Zola can have no complaints.

Rangers could have made it more with better luck, especially as tormentor-in-chief Smith made a massive difference - about 6ft 6ins worth of difference as he caused Blues all kinds of trouble.

Luke Freeman underlined Rs lively start when he had an early chance blocked, but City missed a sitter shortly after.

Head boy: Matt Smith scores

Jerome Sinclair's cross picked out defender Emilio Nsue in the centre, but his header from three yards was somehow glanced wide to leave Hoops mighty relieved.

Smith showed him how to do it with a bullet header from Freeman's corner on 18 minutes continue his fine run against Birmingham for 1-0.

He nearly had another soon after with another nod at the far post, this time well saved by Tomasz Kuszczak.

A Sinclair shot clipped the top of the bar after Grant Hall got a brave block to deflect the effort, and Conor Washington's effort was goalbound only for Freeman to inadvertently become the blocker this time.

The half time break was no stop to rampant Rangers, when Smith nodded down. Ryan Manning had a close effort half cleared, and Washington rammed home the loose ball into the bottom corner.

Sub Sylla got down to convert Pawel Wszolek's cross with six minutes left to spark a massive exodus from home fans.

There was practically no one left apart from buoyant Rs supporters when second sub N'Gbakoto fired home a 30-yard free-kick that flew past a dozy Blues defence seconds later.

Those left could at least cheer a very minor consolation when Nsue made up for his earlier miss with a goal in the third minute of added time to muddy Rs clean sheet.

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