Adel Taarabt, the man Harry Redknapp once described as a 'fruitcake', lived up to his bad-boy reputation by scoring the winner and then getting sent off as QPR inflicted yet more misery on sorry Tottenham at Loftus Road.
Adel Taarabt celebrating with his team mates after scoring against
Tottenham at Loftus Road
Taarabt, who left Spurs to join QPR two years ago, came back to haunt his former boss by curling home a wonderful first-half free-kick to boost QPR's survival hopes and put a severe dent in Tottenham's Champions League hopes.
The Moroccan lived up to his firebrand billing in the second half when he received a second booking for kicking the ball away.
Taarabt's actions will be forgotten by QPR boss Mark Hughes, though, as the forward's goal means his team are three points clear of the drop zone.
QPR thoroughly deserved their fourth successive home victory as they had more spirit, creativity and energy than a desperately lacklustre Spurs, who are now fifth in the Barclays Premier League table - some three points behind Newcastle with only four games of the campaign left.
Redknapp's team have now won just once in their last nine league games and their campaign looks set to end in failure.