QPR manager Harry Redknapp admitted his side had been outclassed as they lost 4-0 to Everton in their FA Cup third-round tie.
Nikica Jelavic scored twice for the Toffees at Goodison Park and Ross Barkley and Seamus Coleman were also on target as Rangers were brushed aside.
"It was a disappointing afternoon, we were well beaten today," Redknapp told QPR's official website. "We were beat by a far better team. I thought Everton were excellent.
"Even though they made lots of changes, they were strong all over and made life very difficult for us. They've got some real quality throughout their squad and it really showed today.
"We struggled to live with them at times. Their movement, their passing, their attacking play, it was top class.
"The lads learnt a lot today and so did I. Today was a benchmark for us. We want to get out of the Championship and be competing against sides like Everton every week next year.
"We didn't do ourselves justice today though and that's what hurts. There's a clear gulf in class between the two divisions and that showed, make no mistake about that."
QPR have been linked with Jelavic but assistant manager Kevin Bond refused to confirm or deny reports that the Croatia striker was a January target for Redknapp.
Bond said: "If you read the papers, he would appear to be on our radar.
"I can't say but it would be fair to say that the manager is looking for some striking options."