QPR stay bottom after losing to West Ham

Premier League, Loftus Road – Queens Park Rangers 1 (Taarabt 57') West Ham United 2 (Jarvis 3', Vaz Te 35')

Queens Park Rangers remain bottom of the Premier League table after they were beaten 2-1 by West Ham United at Loftus Road.

First-half goals from Matt Jarvis – his first for the club – and Ricardo Vaz Te were both the result of some poor defending from QPR.

Adel Taarabt hit back for the hosts soon after coming off the bench but their hopes of salvaging a result were hit when second-half substitute Samba Diakite was sent off for a second bookable offence.

The west London club prop up the table courtesy of their goal difference being worse than Reading's, who are also winless but have played one game fewer than any of the teams around them.

The Hammers, meanwhile, move up to seventh in the table after their first win in their last eight Premier League games on the road.

A succession of injuries among QPR defenders led to them fielding Stephane M'Bia – usually a defensive midfielder – at centre-back on his debut for the club. However, even under those circumstances they should have been able to avoid conceding the opening goal with just three minutes on the clock.

Kevin Nolan exchanges passes with Vaz Te down the right flank before he attempted shot was completely mis-cued. The ball looped into the air and dropped at the far post where the unmarked Jarvis was free to nod back across Julio Cesar and in for his first goal since leaving Wolves in the summer.

West Ham had not trouble at all playing their way through QPR's midfield seemingly at will, and not even being forced into two first-half substitutions could halt their dominance.

First Winston Reid had to be replaced after a collision with Jussi Jaaskelainen knocked him out cold and then Joey O'Brien also had to be brought off. James Tomkins and George McCartney fitted into the team very quickly, however.

Vaz Te doubled West Ham's led on 35 minutes thanks to some more sluggish defending from QPR. After a corner was initially scrambled out of the six-yard area, Tomkins sent the ball back over to far post where Vaz Te was able to somehow sneak the ball between Julio Cesar and the frame of the goal.

QPR did have their fair share of chances, with Jaaskelainen having to make several high-quality saves, most notably in the first half from Djibril Cisse's improvised volley.

After the break QPR were unable to mount a comeback until the hour mark approached and manager Mark Hughes made two changes, bringing on Taarabt and Diakite for Park Ji-Sung and Shaun Wright-Phillips.

Within a minute-and-a-half the mercurial Moroccan Taarabt had scored, cutting into from the left before curling a wonderful effort from 20 yards right into the top corner.

Taarabt was booked for removing his shirt as he celebrated, and right after the game got back underway Diakite also saw yellow for a foul on Vaz Te which was to prove costly.

The game became much more open and both sides had great chances – Granero drawing another good save from Jaaskelainen and Carlton Cole guilty of squandering an excellent chance – before Diakite was shown a second yellow card and a red for a rash and late challenge on Guy Demel.

QPR continued to throw what they could at West Ham - who brought striker Andy Carroll on for an impressive 20-minute cameo off the bench – but Jaaskelainen continued to thwart them and ultimately protected all three points for the Hammers.

MAN OF THE MATCH – Jussi Jaaskelainen (West Ham United): West Ham were the better side for most of the match, but they still had to rely on their goalkeeper to make several important saves in the second half.

PLAYER RATINGS

QUEENS PARK RANGERS: Cesar 7, Hill 7, Park 6, Cisse 6, Wright-Phillips 6, Granero 7, Onuoha 6, Nelsen 6, Zamora 6, Faurlin 6, Mbia 6. Subs: Diakite 4, Taarabt 7, Hoilett N/A

WEST HAM UNITED: Jaaskelainen 8, Reid 6, Nolan 7, Jarvis 7, Cole 6, Vaz Te 7, Noble 7, O’Brien 6, Collins 6, Demel 6, Diame 7. Subs: McCartney 6, Tomkins 7, Carroll 6.