Nov 17 2012 By Jacob Murtagh
QPR 1-3 Southampton
QPR slumped to a drab home defeat against Southampton to leave boss Mark Hughes teetering on the brink.
The R's remain rock-bottom of the table after slipping to another miserable loss against their relegation rivals to heap more pressure on the under-fire Welshman.
Southampton started the stronger and almost took an early lead when Jason Puncheon's cross evaded everyone and clipped the post.
At the other end, Adel Taarabt was denied by Paulo Gazzaniga, while the Saints keeper parried Junior Hoilett's effort moments later.
However, the visitors deservedly took the lead midway through when Rickie Lambert bundled the ball home after Puncheon's shot was blocked on the line.
Things went from bad for worse for Rangers on the stroke of half-time as Puncheon came back to haunt his former club with a fine left-footed finish from oustide the box.
QPR were booed off at the break with some fans calling for Hughes to be axed.
The manager responded by hauling off Ali Faurlin at the interval, with Jamie Mackie replacing him.
Rangers started the second-half on the front foot, with Djibril Cisse firing straight at Gazzaniga.
But the Saints shotstopper was helpless minutes later when Hoilett headed home Taarabt's left-wing cross to hand the hosts a lifeline.
Puncheon wasted a glorious chance to restore Southampton's two-goal cushion just past the hour mark, while Cesar did well to keep out Mya Yoshida's spectacular effort.
However, the visitors eventually wrapped up the points on 83 minutes when Anton Ferdinand diverted Morgan Schneiderlin's cross into his own net.
QPR: Cesar, Bosingwa (Fabio 74), Nelsen, Ferdinand, Traore, Diakite (Derry 71), Granero, Faurlin (Mackie 46), Taarabt, Cisse, Hoilett.
Subs (not used): Green, Ehmer, Wright-Phillips, Dyer.
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