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Queens Park Rangers 2-0 Aston Villa

Charlie Austin, QPR
Charlie Austin has scored four goals for QPR this season
  • Charlie Austin scores in each half
  • QPR off the bottom of the table
  • Villa have lost five games in a row
  • Visitors have gone more than eight hours without a goal

Charlie Austin struck twice as Queens Park Rangers lifted themselves off the bottom of the Premier League with victory over Aston Villa.

Rangers took the lead against the run of play when Bobby Zamora laid the ball off for Austin to lash home from the edge of the area in the 17th minute.

The hosts secured victory midway through the second half when Eduardo Vargas raced down the right and crossed for Austin to finish at the near post.

Villa have lost five games in a row.

Perhaps more worrying for Paul Lambert's side is that they have failed to score in more than eight hours of football since the Scot signed a new four-year deal after beating Liverpool at Anfield on 13 September.

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Austin scores goals anywhere - Redknapp

In that time, they have conceded 13 goals in defeats by Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Everton and now QPR.

QPR, however, are showing signs of improvement - building on an impressive display in last weekend's 3-2 defeat by Liverpool.

With Zamora supporting Austin up front, they have struck upon a partnership which can cause opposition defences problems.

Austin's brace was significant in that it lifted Rangers off the bottom of the league for the first time in almost a month - at the expensive of his former club, Burnley.

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Villa lack finishing touch - Lambert

If his opening goal was a surprise - coming after Villa had caught out the hosts three times on the counter and seen Carlos Sanchez test Rob Green with a 30-yard shot - the second was reward for a change in tack from Harry Redknapp.

While Zamora was causing the Villa defence problems with his physical presence, he once again tired as the second half wore on and, perhaps sensing the need to inject some width into a congested contest, Rangers boss Redknapp replaced the former England striker with winger Junior Hoilett.

Almost immediately, Hoilett cut in from the left and curled a right-footed shot against the post.

Moments later, Sanchez needlessly gave the ball away and Vargas powered down the right before putting in the perfect delivery for Austin to nip in front of his marker and secure victory.

Villa, who had seen Ciaran Clark stab wide from six yards out, sent on Joe Cole and Darren Bent to try to salvage something. Instead, QPR almost netted a third when Vargas was played in behind the Villa defence but fired a tame shot into the legs of Brad Guzan.

Villa's best opportunity came when Green failed to hold on to Tom Cleverley's shot from the edge of the area, but Sandro did just enough to put off Clark at the follow-up.

QPR manager Harry Redknapp: "Charlie Austin can score goals in any division. A goalscorer is a goalscorer.

"It's a knack and if he gets the chances, he will score goals. Bobby Zamora is a handful too, but there were lots of good performances tonight.

"Yun Suk-young did well at full-back, Richard Dunne and Steven Caulker were up against a striker in Christian Benteke who I rate and did well, Mauricio Isla and Rob Green too... and it's the first time I've managed to get 90 minutes out of Sandro.

"There's nothing in the league in terms of points - we're only four points behind Hull in 10th."

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert: "The two goals we conceded were really poor. Two shots on goal and two goals but we have to score.

"We need that finishing touch. Christian has just come back from a long lay-off, I could not fault the possession but you can have as much of the ball as you want but if you don't score you don't win.

"We didn't play particularly badly. Whatever is said in the dressing room stays there. They know my feelings on it and we will regroup and go again on Sunday."

Charlie Austin, QPR
Charlie Austin, pictured here scoring his first, has scored 23 league goals since the start of 2013-14; 17 more than any other QPR player
Roy Keane & Paul Lambert
Since Paul Lambert signed a new contract, Villa have played five, losing them all, not scored a goal and conceded 13
Richard Dunne & Christian Benteke
Aston Villa have failed to score in more than eight hours of football
Rob Green, QPR
Rob Green was back in the QPR goal after missing the defeat by Liverpool because of tonsillitis

Line-ups

QPR

  • 1Green
  • 14Isla
  • 22Dunne
  • 4Caulker
  • 13Yun Suk-young
  • 24VargasSubstituted forTraoreat 87'minutes
  • 20Henry
  • 30Sandro
  • 10FerSubstituted forKranjcarat 90+2'minutes
  • 25ZamoraSubstituted forHoilettat 63'minutes
  • 9Austin

Substitutes

  • 3Traore
  • 5Ferdinand
  • 6Hill
  • 7Phillips
  • 19Kranjcar
  • 21Murphy
  • 23Hoilett

Aston Villa

  • 1Guzan
  • 34LowtonBooked at 77mins
  • 4Vlaar
  • 6Clark
  • 23Cissokho
  • 8Cleverley
  • 15WestwoodSubstituted forColeat 70'minutes
  • 24Sánchez
  • 11Agbonlahor
  • 20Benteke
  • 10WeimannBooked at 58minsSubstituted forBentat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Okore
  • 7Bacuna
  • 12Cole
  • 18Richardson
  • 19Bent
  • 28N'Zogbia
  • 31Given
Referee:
Lee Mason
Attendance:
18,022

Match Stats

Home TeamQPRAway TeamAston Villa
Possession
Home35%
Away65%
Shots
Home11
Away15
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home2
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Queens Park Rangers 2, Aston Villa 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Queens Park Rangers 2, Aston Villa 0.

Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Yun Suk-Young tries a through ball, but Charlie Austin is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Armand Traore (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mauricio Isla.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Niko Kranjcar replaces Leroy Fer.

Foul by Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa).

Armand Traore (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Darren Bent with a headed pass.

Offside, Aston Villa. Matthew Lowton tries a through ball, but Ciaran Clark is caught offside.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Steven Caulker.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Armand Traore replaces Eduardo Vargas.

Foul by Joe Cole (Aston Villa).

Leroy Fer (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Aly Cissokho (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Leroy Fer (Queens Park Rangers).

Attempt saved. Leroy Fer (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mauricio Isla.

Foul by Joe Cole (Aston Villa).

Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Tom Cleverley (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the box misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Richard Dunne.

Attempt blocked. Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Karl Henry (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Leroy Fer.

Booking

Matthew Lowton (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Matthew Lowton (Aston Villa).

Junior Hoilett (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Eduardo Vargas (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Junior Hoilett with a through ball.

Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers).

Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Leroy Fer (Queens Park Rangers).

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Joe Cole replaces Ashley Westwood.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Darren Bent replaces Andreas Weimann.

Goal!

Goal! Queens Park Rangers 2, Aston Villa 0. Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Eduardo Vargas with a cross.

Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Junior Hoilett (Queens Park Rangers).

Junior Hoilett (Queens Park Rangers) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Mauricio Isla.

Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Richard Dunne tries a through ball, but Charlie Austin is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Junior Hoilett replaces Bobby Zamora.

goal

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