Stoke 1 QPR 2
Goals from Jordan Hugill and Ebere Eze gave QPR a dream start to Mark Warburton’s reign as manager.
Hugill scored eight minutes into his debut and Eze doubled Rangers’ lead with a sublime goal early in the second half.
Sam Clucas pulled a goal back for Stoke with a close-range finish with 13 minutes remaining.
But Warburton’s side held on to clinch the club’s first away win on the opening day of the season since a 3-0 triumph on Paul Parker’s debut at West Ham in 1987.
Geoff Cameron, playing against the club he recently left to join the R’s, was involved in the build-up to both their goals.
Cameron picked up the ball in midfield and played a perfect pass to Bright Osayi-Samuel, whose cross from the right was misjudged by keeper Jack Butland deflected into the path of Hugill, giving the on-loan West Ham striker a simple tap-in.
And a swift move from back to front culminated in Eze breezing past two challenges before firing into the bottom corner.
QPR (4-2-3-1): Lumley; Rangel, Hall, Barbet, Manning; Cameron, Scowen; Osayi-Samuel (Shodipo 72), Amos (Pugh 68), Eze; Hugill (Leistner 81).
Subs not used: Kelly, Chair, Smith, Mlakar.