A late Djibril Cisse strike handed Mark Hughes' men all three points, but the Potters boss praised his side's commitment to the cause despite having little to play for.
Stoke manager Tony Pulis has rued the profligacy of his team after seeing QPR snatch a late winner to keep their survival hopes alive.
It appeared the Potters would earn a point against the relegation-threatened outfit but a late Djibril Cisse strike sent them back to Staffordshire empty handed.
However, Pulis believes the result could have been very different on another day had his side converted its dominance into goals.
He told reporters: "The disappointing thing is right from the first whistle where Cammy [Cameron Jerome] has had a great chance. When we've gone in there and we've put ourselves in really good positions, [but] we've not hit the target.
"I don't think we made the keeper make a save yet we created opportunities again today. If you sit down and have a look at it and analyse it there is about four or five chances where you'd expect us to score and like I say we didn't take those chances."
However, despite the defeat, Pulis was quick to praise his players for how they approached the match given that they have nothing to play for, as Stoke are comfortably above the relegation scrap but too far behind qualification to the Europa League.
"We're disappointed, I don't think it was a game we deserved to lose. We'll move on, [I don't think you can question] the players attitude and application, I think they were really at it."
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