COMETH the hour – cometh Djbril Cissé.
The QPR forward’s tap in at the back post in the final minute as he met Anton Ferdinand’s corner restored hope when all seemed lost.
It was difficult to tell whether the Frenchman’s goal was the loudest cheer of the day, or that WBA had levelled at Bolton seconds later to provide a two-point cushion between the two strugglers.
Cissé kissed the Loftus Road turf in gratitude on the final whistle. His team-mates will be kissing the blond streak down the centre of his head if his sixth goal of the season saves their bacon.
Minutes earlier it looked as if the fingertips of Thomas Sorensen would see QPR lose a grip on the Premier League in their first season back.
The Stoke keeper scrambled across his goal deep into the second half to claw away a glancing header from sub Cissé that was by far Rangers best hope on a tense day in a match where chances were far and few between.
Cameron Jerome let Rangers off the hook in the third minute when he latched on to a Peter Crouch header only to flick wide of Paddy Kenny’s near post with only the keeper to beat.
But Joey Barton probably wishes he had a second go at the low drive that only found the side netting on 13 minutes.
The spill by Sorensen from Adel Taarabt’s low free-kick needed to be chipped back over the keeper and into the waiting Zamora’s feet.
Instead, the hit from a near impossible was an early chance gone begging.
He was a little closer with a curler that drifted over the bar after decent inter-play set the captain up from the edge of the box.
And anywhere but straight at Sorensen straight after from a six-yard header would have produced a rare Barton goal.
Attempts on goal were at a premium, but Ricardo Fuller was right to hold his head in his hands when his bending shot whistled just wide of the Rangers goal early in the second half.
The best Potters’ fans could muster was to taunt the opposition with news that Bolton were beating WBA.
When all that changed in added-on time, they were back on the coaches up the M40 even before both teams had escaped those in hoops gratefully flooding the pitch at the end.