Jose Bosingwa blew a golden chance to rescue a point for winless QPR as he missed from five yards out in West Brom's 3-2 Premier League win at The Hawthorns.
With four minutes of added time up, the ball broke kindly for the former Chelsea man in the home area from a corner, but he somehow lifted the ball miles over with just goalkeeper Ben Foster to beat.
QPR remain moored to the foot of the Premier League table with just two points from seven games while West Brom are up to the lofty heights of fourth on 14 points from seven games behind only Everton on goal difference.
West Brom have now won each of their opening four home top flight matches for the first time since 1919. They look a real force at home, or they did at least in spells of this game, with Premier League champions Manchester City due to visit after the international break on October 20.
They were perhaps fortunate to get out of this one with all three points having being dominant in the first period but indifferent in the second half.
Steve Clarke's side looked to be heading for a routine three points when James Morrison nodded home Shane Long's cross on five minutes before Zoltan Gera benefited from some awful defending to tuck away the second after Anton Ferdinand had slipped trying to clear a Morrison ball on 22 minutes.
The prominent Adel Taarabt handed QPR hope when he controlled Esteban Granero's ball with his chest before crunching a volley high beyond Foster on 35 minutes.
The visiting side seemed to become more vibrant after an abject first half and looked likelier to equalise until Youssouf Mulumbuf finished off a sweeping passing move to net from Jara Reyes's cutback on 85 minutes and apparently bury the visiting side.
But Granero set up a grandstand finish with a stylish finish from the edge of the home area a minute into stoppage time - his first goal for the goal - but it was not to be his team's day as Bosingwa fluffed his lines in the dying seconds to leave manager Mark Hughes sporting a hangdog look near his technical area.
QPR have conceded in their last 20 Premier League away matches going back over a year and remain without a single away victory in 2012.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Adel Taarabt - The one shining light on another bleak day for QPR. Some superb skills and scored a breathtaking goal yet it was not enough to help his side salvage anything from the match.
West Brom: Foster 7, Tamas 5, McAuley 6, Olsson 7, Popov 7, Yacob 6, Mulumbu 7, Gera 7, Morrison 7, Odemwingie 7, Long 6..subs: Rosenberg 6, Jara Reyes 6, Lukaku 6
QPR: Julio Cesar 7, Bosingwa 5, Ferdinand 5, Nelsen 6, Hill 5, Granero 7, Mbia 5, Wright-Phillips 5, Taarabt 8, Park 5, Zamora 5..subs: Traore 6, Mackie 6, Hoilett 6
Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)