NEIL WARNOCK'S reign got off to a flier at Loftus Road as Rangers made light of the gulf in league positions to inflict only a third away defeat of the season on the Baggies.
Jay Simpson's 13 th goal of the season on 13 minutes and Matt Connolly's second of the campaign five minutes later put Rangers firmly in the driving seat.
Simpson (pictured) reacted quickest after one-time England keeper Scott Carson had spilled a low cross from Adel Taarabt. Connolly was coolness itself as he raced onto an exquisitely timed pass from Alejandro Faurlin to drill under the Albion stopper.
The visitors got themselves back in the hunt when Chris Brunt headed a deep cross from ex Ranger Jerome Thomas back over Carl Ikeme and into the far top corner of the net – cancelling the benefits of Ikeme's fine handed save to deny Ben Watson a few moments earlier.
But Albion's hopes of rescuing the game fell apart on 67 minutes when sub Akos Buzsaky's astonishing curling 40 yard free-kick from wide on the left bounced in front of bemused Carson and into the net off the inside of a post. The flight deceived everyone, evading both defenders and attackers alike.