QPR manager Mark Warburton felt his players showed West Brom too much respect.
Rangers had won their previous four league matches but were beaten 2-0 in a largely one-sided game at Loftus Road.
Warburton said: “I think we showed too much respect. They’re a very good team, a talented team with big expectations and we knew what we faced, but we didn’t get out of second gear in the first half.
“We started the second half well and then conceded a really soft goal. To concede a goal like that, the whole dynamic of the game changes.
“He (Nathan Ferguson) has run 40 yards and shot from 30-odd yards. We shouldn’t concede that goal.”
The likes of Ebere Eze and Ilias Chair have been exciting for Rangers this season but were well contained by Albion, who looked comfortable.
But Warburton took exception to a suggestion that the game had been an education for his young players.
He said: “Without being rude to you, it’s derogatory. What do you mean it’s an education?
“Maybe their budget is multiples of ours and the expectations are there, but we’ve shown in recent weeks that we can go home and away and play good football and hurt teams.
“Up to last week we had the second-most chances created. So I think we’ve earned the right to be shown some respect and if teams don’t show us respect we’ll hurt them.”