QPR’s derby victory over Brentford – the verdict

QPR’s comeback underlined their improvement since a dismal start to the season as well as Brentford’s reliance on top scorer Neal Maupay.

Rangers, beaten in their first four league games under boss Steve McClaren, have lost just three of their subsequent 13 and showed great tenacity to hit back after going behind at Loftus Road.

They were helped by some poor defending from the Bees, who also looked frail at the other end of the pitch after top scorer Maupay went off after suffering concussion.

With only Ollie Watkins, who is currently out, as their only other recognised forward, Brentford’s lack of attacking options could prevent them challenging for the play-offs.

QPR are just one point off the top six and their defending has improved immeasurably since a 7-1 hammering at West Brom in August.

Centre-backs Toni Leistner and Joel Lynch were woeful that day but have been excellent since – and both were instrumental in another impressive Rangers performance.