QPR 0-1 Leicester City
A squirrel got among the Foxes – but Jamie Vardy drove QPR nuts with the only goal of the game.
The trespassing rodent got on the pitch to stop play for five first-half minutes, but not enough to prevent a first home defeat of the season.
It got worse when Joey Barton was sent off five minutes from time.
The midfielder was shown a yellow for a tackle, and then a straight red for presumably he said.
Rangers had enough chances to win two games, but a lethal cocktail of defence and dud shots burst the blue balloon.
Early doors, a wayward Leicester free-kick was exchanged for a wild thump by Tom Carroll, but Gary O’Neil should have been closer a minute later.
A low pass from Matt Phillips into the centre saw the midfielder elect to pass it into the net – a mistake, and an easy save for Kasper Schmeichel.
Niko Kranjcar from distance was more telling with a couple of fizzers that had keeper diving both left and right.
But a goal proved as elusive as ‘Luis Suarez’.
That’s what Rangers fans dubbed the squirrel after it scampered into view. It proved more difficult to track down than a Christmas card from Vincent Tan to his manager.
Eventually, after a comic posse of players corralled it, a Hill header and a Charlie Austin flick was cleared off the line by Paul Konchesky.
Rangers then had a furry, sorry, flurry of three chances in six seconds.
Austin was through but the feet of Schmeichel came to the rescue. The ball rebounded to O’Neil and his chip found Wesley Morgan on the line who headed back to Phillips.
The winger’s stab still demanded the keeper tip around the post.
The City goal was out of the grey. Blue was how Clint Hill beaten to the flicked header by David Nugent, and Richard Dunne beaten for pace, felt as Jamie Vardy slammed the ball low and hard past Rob Green’s right from an angle.
Heads were in hands over all the ground, including the Rs side of the directors box when Austin squared to Phillips for a one-on-one with the keeper that brought a stuttering run and a woeful clip over the bar.
Lloyd Dyer could have put the game out of sight two minutes into the second half, but screwed his shot wide as he broke through on the left.
Matty James then let fly with the effort catching Dunne’s leg and on to the bar with Green grateful for the wooden thump behind him.
Barton's red was another reason to forget a bad day and neither subs Junior Hoilett and Yossi Benayoun, making his debut, could make the telling impact, and were left to rue the one that got away – and not ‘Luis Suarez.’
QPR, 4-3-1-1; Green, Simpson, Dunne, Hill, Assou-Ekotto; O’Neil (Hoilett 45), Kranjcar, Barton, Phillips; Carroll (Benayoun 69); Austin, subs not used: Murphy, Traore, Jenas, Henry, Onuoha