Third-placed Villa suffer shock QPR defeat

Ryan Manning goal

Queens Park Rangers upset Aston Villa’s automatic promotion hopes as they eased to only their third Championship away win of the season.

Jake Bidwell crossed for Ryan Manning to head an early opener before the QPR left back himself scored with a low left-foot shot for a 2-0 half-time lead at Villa Park.

Substitute Luke Freeman turned to drill home an 82nd minute third.

James Chester’s third goal in as many games was only a consolation.

Villa’s first home defeat in four months leaves them now seven points behind second-placed Cardiff and 10 points adrift of leaders Wolves, both of whom won on Tuesday.

An impressive QPR performance saw their claim a third win in the Midlands this season and lifts Ian Holloway’s side a place to 15th.

  • Relive Tuesday’s EFL action[1]

Villa boss Steve Bruce had already warned of the danger of an ‘After The Lord Mayor’s Show’ type performance in the wake of Saturday’s thumping win over Wolves.

But they were simply no match for a QPR side who belied their lowly league position.

After Matt Smith’s low left-foot shot had forced a save from an alert Sam Johnstone in the very first minute, Rangers went ahead on 12 minutes when Manning deftly headed home Bidwell’s left-wing cross.

They then doubled the lead when, following a move down the right, Villa only half cleared, and the ball broke to Bidwell, who drilled in from 20 yards.

QPR had other near chances too, while Villa were limited to just two first-half near misses, each time being denied by keeper Alex Smithies.

Top scorer Albert Adomah’s speculative right foot curler would have dipped in under the bar, only for Smithies to tip away as he again did, even more crucially, when the unmarked Jack Grealish headed Robert Snodgrass’ cross straight at him just before the break.

Bruce threw on first Keinan Davis, then Scott Hogan and went to three at the back in an attempt to shake things up. But the visitors always looked the greater threat even before Freeman finished Villa off – and defender Chester’s late response was too little, too late.

  • Line-ups[2]
  • Match Stats[3]
  • Live Text[4]

Line-ups

Aston Villa

  • 1Johnstone
  • 27El Mohamady
  • 5Chester
  • 26Terry
  • 3TaylorSubstituted forDavisat 56′minutes
  • 15Jedinak
  • 7Snodgrass
  • 14HourihaneSubstituted forBjarnasonat 81′minutes
  • 10GrealishBooked at 90mins
  • 37Adomah
  • 45GrabbanSubstituted forHoganat 67′minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Lansbury
  • 9Hogan
  • 16Bree
  • 18Onomah
  • 20Bjarnason
  • 31Bunn
  • 39Davis

QPR

  • 1Smithies
  • 2Furlong
  • 5Onuoha
  • 6LynchBooked at 59mins
  • 3BidwellBooked at 90mins
  • 14ManningSubstituted forCousinsat 74′minutes
  • 21Luongo
  • 11Scowen
  • 22WszolekSubstituted forPerchat 72′minutes
  • 30EzeSubstituted forFreemanat 79′minutes
  • 17Smith

Substitutes

  • 7Freeman
  • 8Cousins
  • 9Washington
  • 13Ingram
  • 20Baptiste
  • 24Perch
  • 34Osayi-Samuel
Referee:
Tim Robinson
Attendance:
30,228

Match Stats

Home TeamAston VillaAway TeamQPR
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home15
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away7
Corners
Home14
Away2
Fouls
Home11
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Aston Villa 1, Queens Park Rangers 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Aston Villa 1, Queens Park Rangers 3.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Matt Smith.

Attempt missed. Scott Hogan (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Robert Snodgrass with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Nedum Onuoha.

Attempt saved. Albert Adomah (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by John Terry.

Attempt missed. John Terry (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ahmed El Mohamady with a cross.

Booking

Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Jake Bidwell (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card.

Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jake Bidwell (Queens Park Rangers).

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Massimo Luongo.

Albert Adomah (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Darnell Furlong (Queens Park Rangers).

Goal!

Goal! Aston Villa 1, Queens Park Rangers 3. James Chester (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Robert Snodgrass following a corner.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Alex Smithies.

Attempt saved. Robert Snodgrass (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

John Terry (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Matt Smith (Queens Park Rangers).

Foul by Albert Adomah (Aston Villa).

Matt Smith (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Aston Villa 0, Queens Park Rangers 3. Luke Freeman (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Darnell Furlong.

Attempt blocked. Darnell Furlong (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Luke Freeman.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Birkir Bjarnason replaces Conor Hourihane.

Foul by Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa).

Jordan Cousins (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Luke Freeman replaces Eberechi Eze.

Ahmed El Mohamady (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordan Cousins (Queens Park Rangers).

Attempt missed. Albert Adomah (Aston Villa) header from a difficult angle on the left misses to the left. Assisted by Robert Snodgrass with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Jordan Cousins replaces Ryan Manning.

Offside, Aston Villa. Mile Jedinak tries a through ball, but Keinan Davis is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. James Perch replaces Pawel Wszolek.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Jake Bidwell.

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Mile Jedinak.

Attempt missed. Eberechi Eze (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Massimo Luongo.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Scott Hogan replaces Lewis Grabban.

Attempt blocked. Darnell Furlong (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by Robert Snodgrass (Aston Villa).

Ryan Manning (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

References

  1. ^ Relive Tuesday’s EFL action (www.bbc.co.uk)
  2. ^ Line-ups (www.bbc.co.uk)
  3. ^ Match Stats (www.bbc.co.uk)
  4. ^ Live Text (www.bbc.co.uk)

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