Neil Warnock was left purring after some more magic from Adel Taarabt fired QPR five points clear at the top of the npower Championship following their 2-1 win over Coventry.
Rangers were trailing to a shock opener from Marlon King when Taarabt equalised with another dazzling solo effort to add to his growing collection. And there was more to come 11 minutes from time when Taarabt lofted a pass with the precision of a sand wedge into the path of Wayne Routledge, who marked his second Rangers debut with the winner.
Warnock said: "There's baggage with him and he'll make some mistakes. He was bombed out by the previous two managers here and rightly so. But it couldn't be better for me at this time of my career and I think I'm the right manager for him."
He added: "My son bought his mate just to see Taarabt. He thinks he should be playing for Real Madrid. And he could, but first of all he's got to help me."
City boss Aidy Boothroyd was also in no doubt where the game was won and lost.
"The difference was Taarabt," he said. "He's an exceptional player, I was tempted to run on and kick him myself at one stage. He was absolutely terrific.
"How do you stop him? I'm not really bothered now, we've played them twice.
"He didn't do much at our place and I don't think he did too much, but then suddenly he hits a 40-yard pass with the outside of his foot and you have to admire it.
"With that talent you have to ask why is he here?"
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