Wayne Routledge hit a late winner as 10-man QPR moved eight points clear at the top of the npower Championship with a decisive 1-0 win at Reading.
Rangers played for nearly 50 minutes with 10 men after winger Hogan Ephraim was dismissed for an ugly lunge on Jimmy Kebe at the end of the first half, but struck with eight minutes left to move a step closer to promotion.
Reading had been on the back for foot for the opening half-hour but rallied to create the best chances either side of the red card.
But Neil Warnock's side refused to sit back in the second half and claimed the three points when Routledge capped a rare move of quality with a fine low finish.
Warnock is looking for the seventh promotion of his managerial career but was furious with the decision to dismiss Ephraim and was lucky not to be sent-off himself.