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Gary Rose

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  1. Post update

    Jose Mourinho

    Jose Mourinho may spending the coming weeks getting some practice in on how to hold novelty oversized champagne bottles as Chelsea stroll towards the title, but tonight's game showed the Premier League still has plenty of excitement to serve up.

    The battle to stay in the top flight is heating up, but who will keep their cool, and how many gilets will be damaged in the process?

    Tim Sherwood

    Only time will tell but for now, that is all from us. Cheerio.

  2. Text us on 81111

    Aston Villa 3-3 QPR

    Stuart in Cheshire: Hull, Leicester and QPR to go down. 2-2 on final day keeps villa and Burnley up!

    Jack McLeod: All the teams below Newcastle are playing better than Newcastle. Squeaky bum time to be a Toon fan. We are in that battle now.

    Kieran Patrickson: England need to look to the future. Kane and Austin is that future. When will performance come ahead of a players name?

  3. Post update

    Premier League relegation shake-up

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce: "I'm thinking who did that point benefit most and I think Sunderland will be the most pleased.

    "The one team that didn't gain out of it was probably Hull City.

    "I think they are the one team not playing tonight who will have seen that as their worst possible result."

  4. Who will survive?


    Here is how the table looks after that result.

    Not much has changed except just three points seperate five of the bottom six and with Leicester having at least a game in hand on the five above them, it could be about to get even more interesting.

  5. Post update

    Aston Villa 3-3 QPR

    Tim Sherwood is clearly getting a bit miffed at any gillet-related chat.

    In answer to a question about why he threw his down in the first half, he responded: "It wasn't a gillet it was a coat.

    "I am very passionate. If anyone feels it more than me, they must be hurting."

    Classic Sherwood-ism.

  6. Manager reaction

    Aston Villa 3-3 QPR

    Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood: "It is disappointing. QPR took their chances at the right times. We are not equipped unfortunately to go anywhere and dig out a result, we have to play open. We have good footballers who entertain the crowd.

    "Christian Benteke was very good, the second goal especially was excellent. We need him between now and the end of the season but it was disappointing to give away scruffy goals.

    "They seemed to be quite happy with it. The spirit is there, the fans were magnificent again and the players gave them a performance. I could not fault it. We were fatigued in the second half and dropped off a bit but you would expect that. We have an injury crisis and we are having to patch up. QPR took every chance they had and that is the way it is going for us at the moment.

    "It might be a very important point, only time will tell but we need to win games. It is a point in the right direction, though."

  7. Text us on 81111

    Matt in London: As it stands, the bottom four play each other on the final day. If those two matches are anything like tonight's game then we are in for one hell of a relegation finale...

    Nick Harris: Can't be too greedy going 3-2 down but that game should have been in the bag at half time. Gutted.

    Sammiiee: Either QPR or Burnley will stay up, Hull city won't be able to beat the drop.

  8. Manager reaction

    Aston Villa 3-3 QPR

    Chris Ramsey

    QPR boss Chris Ramsey: "In the first half we got overrun a bit, we caused our own problems our technique was poor, they had a lot chances and we rode our luck. But we were fantastic in the second half and the travelling fans had something to cheer about.

    "[Assistant coach] Kevin Bond was in my ear so I cannot take full credit for the changes just after half-time. Between us we decided who was coming off but formations, what are they? It is just about players closing the others down.

    "The goals we gave away were schoolboy errors. The point was better for them, we would have loved to have won the game and been above the line. Based on the performance in the second half we are disappointed we have not got three points."

  9. Post update

    Aston Villa 3-3 QPR

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce: "Villa are a team that can win games but defensively they are frail.

    "I think Rangers, with the points deficit they've got, will still find it difficult to get out of the problems they are in.

    "But four points from two away games - they will be delighted with that."

  10. Football League


    Danny Gutherie

    London rivals Charlton and Fulham share the points from a 1-1 draw which means Fulham go above Rotherham and are now eight points clear of the drop.

    And it's the same scoreline at Bloomfield Road where Blackpool have drawn 1-1 with Reading.

    The Royals are 10 points above the relegation places, while relegated Blackpool are unbeaten in three games.

  11. Football League

    League One

    No coupon busters in League One with three home wins and promotion hopes intact for Bristol City, MK Dons and Sheffield United.

    However, City's 3-0 win over Swindon damages Swindon's hopes of automatic promotion.

    MK Dons did the damage early on with two goals in the opening five minutes from Will Grigg to beat struggling Scunthorpe, who are just a point above the drop zone, 2-0.

    Sheffield United came from behind to beat neighbours Doncaster 3-2 to open up an eight-point cushion in their push for a play-off place while Donny are now struggling to make the top six.

  12. Player reaction

    Aston Villa 3-3 QPR

    Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish, who made his first league start: "It was always going to be a tough game, a proper scrappy game. One point is better than none though.

    "It was good but I just tried to see it as any other game. I have played football all my life but it was good to get my first start for Aston Villa."

  13. Player reaction

    Aston Villa 3-3 QPR

    Charlie Austin at full-time

    QPR striker Charlie Austin: "Yeah it will have been a good game for the neutral. We are disappointed not to come away with three points. We worked as hard as we could but Christian Benteke had put one over the wall and in off the post and there is not much you can do.

    "The table does not lie but we have a big game coming up against Chelsea and we take our second-half performance today into that game. We are scoring goals we are home and it a derby, we are looking forward to it."

  14. Player reaction

    Aston Villa 3-3 QPR

    QPR defender Clint Hill: "It was a heck of a game to watch I suppose. We were disappointed with the first half but going up 3-2 with five minutes to go you think you have the three points but they go up and score from the free-kick.

    "The positive is we got a point at a difficult place to go and we have dragged teams into the relegation fight.

    "I'm glad to have got my first Premier League goal, it has been bugging me for years, I am 37-year-old."

  15. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Rakesh Pradhan: All the star names at the top of the Premier League but game of the season served up by the strugglers at the bottom.

    Rich Lang: Looking very likely that we'll be going into the last weekend of the season with all three relegation places to be decided!

  16. Player reaction

    Aston Villa 3-3 QPR

    Christian Benteke celebrates

    Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke: "Of course we wanted more than a point. It is always nice to get a hat-trick but it is shame we didn't get the three points. I think we deserved three points - we were better than them.

    "We know it is a hard situation and that every point is crucial. We have just got to keep fighting."

  17. Post update

    Aston Villa 3-3 QPR

    Christian Benteke has scored a hat-trick but he looks like he has lost a cup final. He squats down on the pitch, staring dead ahead, absolutely exhausted and no doubt frustrated that Aston Villa only have a point after a draining 90 minutes.

  18. Post update

    Aston Villa 3-3 QPR

    Clint Hill and manager Chris Ramsey at full-time

    Premier League title race? Pffftt, the bottom of the table is where it is at.

    A brilliant game played between two determined, attack-minded sides.

  19. Football League latest

    League One

    Bristol City take a further step towards promotion to the Championship as they go 3-0 up against Swindon. Goals from Joe Bryan and top scorer Aaron Wilbraham have secured the three points and Steve Cotterill's side could seal promotion this coming weekend.

    Sheffield United are also eyeing promotion, via the play-offs, and they now lead Doncaster 3-2 thanks to a second goal in two games from Steve Davies.


    Aston Villa 3-3 QPR

    Annnnd breathe.

  21. Post update

    Aston Villa 3-3 QPR

    Fabian Delph sends the free-kick into the area but no Aston Villa player can make the decisive touch and the chance is gone.

  22. Post update

    Aston Villa 3-3 QPR

    Everyone charges forward as Aston Villa have a free-kick, Fabian Delph is over it. Surely the last chance?

  23. Post update

    Aston Villa 3-3 QPR

    ...QPR deal with it again but Aston Villa again come forward. Matt Lowton has the ball on the right, sends in a cross to the near post and Joe Cole is there, he pokes out a foot...wide.

    Can QPR hold on? So many nervous faces in the stands.

  24. Post update

    Aston Villa 3-3 QPR

    ...Charles N'Zogbia takes the corner, sending it into the area, it is headed away but they win another straight after...

  25. Post update

    Aston Villa 3-3 QPR

    Charles N'Zogbia wins a corner. Is this the chance...

  26. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Charlie Austin celebrates

    Daniel Woodley: This is what the Premier League is all about! A fantastic advert for a league that has been heavily criticised recently.

    Charles Fairweather: This relegation fight is so much more exciting than the other end. Should everyone stay up?

    Yemimah Kwoba: Give me one good reason why Charlie Austin is not playing for England?

  27. Post update

    Aston Villa 3-3 QPR

    FOUR MINUTES of added time.

    Is there one last twist in this thrilling fixture?

  28. Post update

    Aston Villa 3-3 QPR

    Tim Sherwood

    Aston Villa are pushing forward, but QPR have plenty back. The visitors look to have shut up shop.

  29. Post update

    Aston Villa 3-3 QPR

    From the throw, Matt Lowton cuts the ball back for Christian Benteke inside the area, but the ball is just behind him and he scoops his shot over the bar. Chance gone.

  30. Post update

    Aston Villa 3-3 QPR

    Christian Benteke pushes the ball forward, Gabby Agbonlahor can't quite get there but Aston Villa have a throw in.

  31. Post update

    Aston Villa 3-3 QPR

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Christian Benteke celebrates

    Former Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce: It's at times like this you're pleased you're not in the technical area and you are a neutral with a microphone in your hand.

    "The placement from Benteke couldn't be any better. It was a fantastic free-kick and what a way to complete your hat-trick."

  32. Post update

    Aston Villa 3-3 QPR

    Full-blooded challenges are flying in left, right and centre. Both sides are going for this and both sets of supporters respond by roaring on their respective teams.

  33. Post update

    Aston Villa 3-3 QPR

    Tim Sherwood strides to the edge of his technical area and clutches his face nervously. Chris Ramsey, in the opposite dugout, is standing stock still with his arms folded. A tense finish is on the cards.

  34. GOAL

    Aston Villa 3-3 QPR - Christian Benteke

    Christian Benteke scores with a free-kick

    Beautiful, beautiful free-kick by Christian Benteke. Up and over the wall and beyond the dive of Rob Green. A hat-trick for Benteke and what a game!


    Aston Villa 2-3 QPR

    Charles N'Zogbia is straight into the thick of things as he is brought down by Clint Hill, just outside the area. Yellow card for Hill and shooting chance for Villa...


    Aston Villa 2-3 QPR

    Tim Sherwood responds by throwing on Charles N'Zogbia for Tom Cleverley the closing stages. Nine minutes for him to make a difference.

  37. Post update

    Aston Villa 2-3 QPR

    Charlie Austin celebrates

    Aston Villa have to respond now. A defeat will see them drop into the relegation zone. At 45 minutes in they were sitting five points clear of the drop. How quickly things can change.

  38. GOAL

    Aston Villa 2-3 QPR - Charlie Austin

    Charlie Austin scores his side's third goal of the match

    My word, how about this? Charlie Austin has been virtually anonymous all game, Matt Phillips has been dominated by Kieran Richardson in this half but both come to life with 13 minutes remaining. Phillips wriggles beyond Richardson to get inside the area and crosses for Austin who makes no mistake to fire in his 17th of the season.

    Things have just got interesting.


    Aston Villa 2-2 QPR

    Tim Sherwood watches on from the touchline

    Tim Sherwood turns to his bench again and calls on Matt Lowton to get ready to come on. A few moments later, the defender replaces Leandro Bacuna.

  40. Post update

    Aston Villa 2-2 QPR

    It is QPR's turn to have a bit of an attacking spell but they are struggling to find a gap in the Aston Villa defence. Karl Henry sends the ball out wide to Matt Phillips, but he can't get the better of Kieran Richardson, who sees the ball over the line for a goal kick.

  41. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Rakesh Pradan: Can't take this anymore. I'm hiding behind the sofa. Come on villa please !!!

    The Dan Shewell: Villa are starting to regret missing these chances.

    Robert Thompson: Charlie Austin barely mentioned tonight, perhaps why no England call-up? (Watch him score the winning goal now)

  42. Post update

    Aston Villa 2-2 QPR

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce: "If I was a betting man I wouldn't know where to put my money. I'd probably keep it in my pocket."


    Aston Villa 2-2 QPR

    Both sides make changes as Tim Sherwood brings on Joe Cole for teenager Jack Grealish, a midfielder for a midfielder. QPR's third and final change sees Sandro replaced by Michael Doughty, a 22-year-old left-sided midfielder.

    Twenty minutes remaining, will there be a winner?

  44. Football League latest

    League One

    A couple of quick-fire goals at Bramall Lane as neighbours Sheffield United and Doncaster trade blows.

    Matt Done puts the Blades in front for the first time as they look to strengthen their position in the play-off places but Kyle Bennett's second of the night swiftly makes it 2-2.

    Bristol City still lead Swindon 1-0 as they look to extend their unbeaten run at the top of the table to 11 games.

    And MK Dons remain 2-0 up against Scunthorpe as they look to close the gap on second-placed Preston to five points.

  45. Post update

    Aston Villa 2-2 QPR

    Kieran Richardson make a block

    I reckon a point is not that great for either side but QPR will arguably be the happier of the two if the game does end that way, something that is perhaps reflected in the way they are playing at the moment. They are getting forward, but taking less risks than the hosts and have nine men behind the ball when Aston Villa attack.

  46. Post update

    Aston Villa 2-2 QPR

    I wouldn't want to call a winner with play swinging from one end to the other at breathtaking pace. Charlie Austin, outside the area, shoots low for QPR but Brad Guzan is down to smother it.

  47. Post update

    Aston Villa 2-2 QPR

    Jack Grealish pokes a ball down the left for Tom Cleverley to chase as Aston Villa look to regain their lead. Cleverley is on his way and gets close to the area before crossing across the face of goal. There's no Villa player waiting, though, and the chance is gone.

  48. Post update

    Aston Villa 2-2 QPR

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Clint Hill celebrates

    Former Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce: "Clint Hill has been a wonderful servant for QPR - and that goal could be vital to their Premier League status. Someone lost their man at the corner - possibly Leandro Bacuna.

    "That is systematic of why Villa are in the bottom region of the table - because of their defensive ability. Now it is a case of which of these sides hold their nerve."


    Aston Villa 2-2 QPR

    This is anyone's game now and both players are getting stuck in. Charlie Austin goes in heavy on Carlos Sanchez and is rightly booked. Sanchez overacts though, a delayed reaction as he goes down to the ground clutching his foot.

  50. Football League latest


    Reading have equalised at Blackpool - the 80th goal the Seasiders have conceded this season.

    And unfortunately for on-loan defender Grant Hall it's an own goal 20 seconds into the second half which makes it 1-1. To make things worse, the Tottenham man goes off injured a couple of minutes later.

  51. GOAL

    Aston Villa 2-2 QPR - Clint Hill

    Clint Hill heads in his first goal of the night

    Clint Hill may not be picked for his pace but the 36-year-old clearly still has plenty to offer a Premier League side and he shows why by powering in an equaliser. The visitors win a corner, which Matt Phillips swings in and Hill steers a header into the far corner. Game on!

  52. Post update

    Aston Villa 2-1 QPR

    Jack Grealish is bundled to the floor by Sandro, foul? Nothing given, much to the frustration of the home crowd. It doesn't matter though as the terrier-like Grealish regains possession soon after and has a go at goal, but his drive is held by Rob Green.

  53. Post update

    Aston Villa 2-1 QPR

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce: "I find making a double substitution so soon after half-time unusual - they had 15 minutes to do that. There have only been five minutes since the break and that isn't enough time to have an impact.

    "I think they will go three at the back now, with Clint Hill tucking in to a three-man central defence. If that is the case, then I think it's the right decision."


    Aston Villa 2-1 QPR

    QPR boss Chris Ramsey does indeed decide changes are needed and midfielder Karl Henry and full-back Armand Traore come on, Mauricio Isla and Niko Kranjcar going off.

  55. Text us on 81111

    Christian Benteke scores

    James Marshall: QPR may just have 45 mins to stay in the Premier League. They have to fight for their lives now.

    Andy in Armagh: It's no coincidence that Christian Benteke's return to form has coincided with Aston Villa's season suddenly bursting into life.

    David Jacobs in London: Unless Brentford sneak into the Premier League it looks as if there will be no derby game involving Chelsea next season. A bit sad that, not that I want us to do QPR a favour over the weekend!

  56. Post update

    Aston Villa 2-1 QPR

    Leandro Bacuna pings in a cross from the right but Nedum Onuoha is there to head away. He can only get it has far as Christian Benteke on the edge of the QPR area but Matt Phillips as the measure of the striker, stealing the ball and then racing away but Carlos Sanchez is across to knock the ball out of play.

  57. Post update

    Aston Villa 2-1 QPR

    Chris Ramsey is chatting away with his coaches in the QPR technical area. A change imminent? They certainly need to do something as Aston Villa have started this half as they finished the second, pressing the visitors' defence at every opportunity.

  58. KICK-OFF

    Aston Villa 2-1 QPR

    Aston Villa get the second half under way. Can QPR get back into this?

    No changes for either side at the start of the second half.

  59. Football League latest

    Championship half-time

    Blackpool are half way to only their fifth win of the season thanks to Jamie O'Hara's early penalty against Reading which threatens to give the long-suffering home supporters something to cheer about.

    The night's other game is level at 1-1 between Charlton and Fulham as Fulham look to edge away from the drop zone.

  60. A tale of two strikers

    Aston Villa 2-1 QPR

    Aston Villa v QPR
  61. Football League latest

    League One half-time

    No late drama before the break in League One with leaders Bristol City still 1-0 up against Swindon, who have the woodwork, and MK Dons yet to add to their early 2-0 lead against Scunthorpe.

    The South Yorkshire derby between Sheffield United and Doncaster is still locked at 1-1.

  62. Busy Benteke

    Aston Villa 2-1 QPR

    Christian Benteke

    In contrast, Christian Benteke has put in a right old shift. Scoring twice but also dropping back and helping in midfield when needed. The best player on the pitch so far in this game.

  63. Where's the service?

    Aston Villa 2-1 QPR

    Bobby Zamora

    Charlie Austin finished that half without having once got inside the Aston Villa area. His strike partner, Bobby Zamora, popped up in there twice, providing the cross for Matt Phillips's opener, but he has not been involved anywhere near as much as QPR boss Chris Ramsey would have liked, having touched the ball on just six occasions in 45 minutes.


    Aston Villa 2-1 QPR

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce: "As well as Benteke getting the goals, Agbonlahor has offered legs, pace and power - and he has unsettled the QPR back four. But QPR's front two have been starved of possession.

    "I feel that there are still goals in this game. If Aston Villa score the next one, then it is game over. But Villa always make me nervous at the back - if they sorted their defence out they could be in the top half of the league."

  65. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Andrew Neill: Both Villa and Palace have shown what you can achieve with a good managerial appointment. NUFC show what not hiring one can do.

    Adam Street: Remember what happened in 2012-13? In a similar situation, what happens at home? 6-1 vs Sunderland. Villa have this!!

    Stephen Whittle: There are times when Steven caulker plays like Franco Baresi. Tonight he's playing like pasta milanese.

  66. Premier League table

    Aston Villa 2-1 QPR

    Premier League

    This is how the table looks as things stand. Three points will move Aston Villa up to 15th, five points clear of the relegation zone. For QPR, it would leave them second from bottom and three points adrift, but having played a game more than those above them.

    A big 45 minutes coming up for both teams.


    Aston Villa 2-1 QPR

    The players are applauded off the pitch warmly after an entertaining first half. Tim Sherwood strolls into the tunnel, hands in his pockets, minus his gillet. He wanted his players to show their battling qualities and they have arguably done just that.

  68. Football League latest


    Blackpool's supporters are protesting against chairman Karl Oyston but those who have avoided a boycott still see their side lead 1-0 against Reading thanks to Jamie O'Hara's penalty.

    The Royals aren't definitely safe yet and neither are Fulham, who have been pegged back at Charlton where Johan Berg Gudmundsson's equaliser has taken the Iceland international into double figures for the season.

  69. Post update

    Aston Villa 2-1 QPR

    Two minutes of added time is shown on the fourth official's board. The break can't come soon enough for QPR, but Aston Villa are probably desperate to just keep going. Great first half from the hosts.

  70. Post update

    Aston Villa 2-1 QPR

    Jack Grealish is definitely not afraid to get stuck in and his drive and enthusiasm is a joy to watch for the home fans, who applaud as he skips past one challenge, tries to keep on his feet after another, but just can't quite manage it.

  71. Post update

    Aston Villa 2-1 QPR

    Aston Villa are looking to put this game out of sight and QPR are doing little to prevent them from doing that as Leandro Bacuna is again given the freedom of the right wing. He grabs the opportunity gleefully, taking his time before sending in a cross for Gabby Agbonlahor, who cushions a header just wide.

  72. Football League latest

    League One latest

    A big goal at Ashton Gate where leaders Bristol City lead 1-0 in their local derby against Swindon thanks to a 50th career goal from Kieran Agard.

  73. Post update

    Aston Villa 2-1 QPR

    Charlie Austin

    Charlie Austin has 16 goals this season but he looks unlikely to add to that at the moment. QPR need to get him more involved where he can do damage, inside the area, but he has spent all of this game outside the box so far.

  74. Post update

    Aston Villa 2-1 QPR

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Christian Benteke celebrates

    Former Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce: "What Clint Hill has got to do there is to drive the player one way, onto his weaker foot. Because once you let them cut back on you you're in trouble. Benteke cut back on to his favoured right foot and that allowed him to finish."

  75. GOAL

    Aston Villa 2-1 QPR - Christian Benteke

    Christian Benteke celebrates

    Well, it has been coming. QPR's push forward is punished as Aston Villa grab a second on the break. A defensive clearance sends the ball up to halfway and Gabby Agbonlahor and Sandro close in to win possession. The former wins that battle, poking the ball to Christian Benteke but getting clattered by Sandro in the process. Benteke races away, gets the better of Clint Hill and finishes confidently.

    Sandro, meanwhile, is booked for that crunching challenge.

  76. Post update

    Aston Villa 1-1 QPR

    Aston Villa have some defending to do as QPR enjoy a spell of pressure. Charlie Austin crosses from the right, it is far too deep but the visitors retain possession as Mauricio Isla again sends the ball into the area, but this time it is too close to Brad Guzan in the Villa goal.

  77. Football League latest

    League One

    The only one of the three games without a goal is the one between leaders Bristol City and fourth-placed Swindon at Ashton Gate.

    Third-placed MK Dons still lead Scunthorpe 2-0 thanks to their two early goals from Will Grigg.

    It wasn't going to so well for fifth-placed Sheffield United who trailed 1-0 at home to South Yorkshire rivals Doncaster Rovers thanks to Kyle Bennett's goal.

    But Jose Baxter's penalty after half an hour levels the scores.

  78. Post update

    Aston Villa 1-1 QPR

    QPR are again caught short on the flank as Leandro Bacuna gets the better of Niko Kranjcar and crosses for Christian Benteke, whose header is deflected behind for a corner.

  79. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Tim Sherwood throwing gilet

    BBC Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker: Go on Tim, hurl that gilet!

    Jay: Don't know what I'm enjoying more - the match or Sherwood's reactions!

    Joseph Williams: It's gonna be long night...good to see Benteke scoring goals again!! Legend.

  80. Post update

    Aston Villa 1-1 QPR

    This is the first time I have seen Aston Villa for a while and they look a very different side. Fast, confident football and they have two chances in quick succession.

    First, Fabian Delph's shot from the edge of the area is deflected wide for a corner, from which Ron Vlaar's stinging volley is blocked by the body of Sandro, the sort of block that can prevent relegation, says Stuart Pearce on 5 live.

  81. Post update

    Aston Villa 1-1 QPR

    QPR seem to be playing very narrow and as a result Aston Villa are having plenty of joy out wide. This time, Leandro Bacuna has acres of space to scamper away down the right, cut inside but then launches his effort well over.

    Opta stats
  82. Football League latest


    An early goal in the London derby between Charlton and Fulham and it's the Cottagers, still in need of points to secure their safety, who lead 1-0 thanks to top scorer Ross McCormack who now has 14 for the season.

    And some cheer for relegated Blackpool, who lead Reading thanks to a Jamie O'Hara penalty.

  83. Post update

    Aston Villa 1-1 QPR

    Aston Villa's only three previous league wins at Villa Park were 2-1 victories and that is still very much on the cards as they come forward again. Christian Benteke charges at the QPR defence before crossing low into the area from the left, the ball bounces over the outstretched leg of Joey Barton and runs through to Jack Grealish but his shot is straight at Rob Green.

    Great game so far.

  84. Football League latest

    League One

    MK Dons have made a flying start against Scunthorpe in League One with two goals in the first five minutes to lead 2-0.

    Will Grigg has got them both, including one from the penalty spot, to go to 19 goals for the season as the Dons continue their promotion charge.

  85. Post update

    Aston Villa 1-1 QPR

    Teenage winger Jack Grealish is making his first league start for Aston Villa, and games don't get much bigger than this one for a full debut.

    He is not shirking his responsibilities though as Villa win a free-kick outside the area and Grealish takes it, curling towards the bottom corner but Rob Green makes the save.

  86. Post update

    Aston Villa 1-1 QPR

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Robert Green

    Former Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce: "This game has come alight! But all QPR needed to do was sit behind and defend after getting their noses in front. Obviously if you're only going to defend with six and leave four up then you're going to have a problem."

  87. GOAL

    Aston Villa 1-1 QPR - Christian Benteke

    Christian Benteke celebrates

    Tim Sherwood bigged this up as a massive game and that is clearly how the players feel about it too! Almost immediately Aston Villa hit back as Christan Benteke gets the ball on the left, works his way into the area before curling home.

    The camera flashes to Sherwood, tearing off his gilet. Anger at the opener, or delight at the equaliser? You never know with Tim.

  88. Post update

    Aston Villa 0-1 QPR

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce: "It was great composure from Bobby Zamora. He settled on the ball and the Villa defence panicked. It was a wonderful cross, he just feathered in the ball and said to Matty Phillips 'get on the end of this'. That is the first time they have been out of their half in the first seven minutes."

  89. GOAL

    Aston Villa 0-1 QPR - Matt Phillips

    Matt Phillips scores the game's opening goal

    A sucker punch for Aston Villa! The first time QPR venture outside of their half it results in the opener. Charlie Austin launches the ball into the area from the right, the ball is knocked down and eventually picked up by Bobby Zamora, whose clever cross picks out Matt Phillips, who heads in.

  90. Post update

    Aston Villa 0-0 QPR

    This is a good, positive start by Aston Villa. They are quick to close down QPR when in possession and it is unsettling the visitors. As a result, the hosts are the team doing all the attacking at the moment. A lovely move ends with Fabian Delph slicing open the QPR defence and putting Christian Benteke clear on goal, but the striker is offside.

  91. Post update

    Aston Villa 0-0 QPR

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former Nottingham Forest and England Under-21 manager Stuart Pearce: "It looks at the moment that Aston Villa are playing a midfield diamond, with Jack Grealish in behind the front two of Christian Benteke and Gabby Agbonlahor. If he finds space in there, he will be a threat."

  92. Post update

    Aston Villa 0-0 QPR

    A boost for Aston Villa is the return to form of Christian Benteke. He has five goals in his last six matches and he is the first to threaten in the early exchanges as he connects to a Fabian Delph free-kick, but slices wide.

  93. KICK-OFF

    Aston Villa 0-0 QPR

    Tim Sherwood and Chris Ramsey

    A big bear hug from Tim Sherwood on Chris Ramsey as the two friends greet each other before taking their places in their respective dugouts.

    The players get into their positions, the referee blows his whistle and QPR get us under way.

  94. Post update

    Aston Villa v QPR (19:45 BST)

    Aston Villa captain Fabian Delph and QPR skipper Joey Barton lead their respective teams out on to the pitch, both looking focused on the task ahead.

    Massive night for these two sets of players.

  95. Two decades in the making?

    Aston Villa v QPR (19:45 BST)

  96. Post update

    Aston Villa v QPR (19:45 BST)

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former Nottingham Forest boss Stuart Pearce: "Without a doubt, QPR's win at West Brom took a few of us by surprise - I had that down as a West Brom win. It will give QPR a big lift.

    "Has that changed the dynamic of this game? A few people all of a sudden think they will double that away win and get another result tonight. I'm not one of them I'm afraid."

  97. LINE-UPS

    Aston Villa v QPR (19:45 BST)

    Aston Villa: Guzan, Bacuna, Vlaar, Clark, Richardson, Cleverley, Sanchez, Delph, Agbonlahor, Benteke, Grealish. Subs: Baker, Okore, Weimann, Cole, N'Zogbia, Given, Lowton.

    QPR: Green, Isla, Onuoha, Caulker, Hill, Phillips, Barton, Sandro, Kranjcar, Austin, Zamora. Subs: Traore, McCarthy, Henry, Hoilett, Doughty, Grego-Cox, Mitchell.

    Referee: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire)

  98. Post update

    Aston Villa v QPR (19:45 BST)

    It is a lovely Midlands evening but there are quite a few empty seats at Villa Park, the lack of much to cheer about, or an expensive Easter bank holiday weekend, perhaps playing its part.

    Time for a reminder of the line-ups.

  99. Post update

    Blackpool protests

    Blomfield Road

    Press Association reporter Liam Blackburn is at Bloomfield Road where supporters are protesting against chairman Karl Oyston's running of the club following Blackpool's relegation from the Championship.

    The Seasiders are at home to Reading tonight.

  100. Wigan name new manager

    Gary Caldwell

    Breaking away from this game briefly and Wigan Athletic have acted quickly in appointing a new manager, placing former captain Gary Caldwell in charge.

    He replaces Malky Mackay, who was dismissed on Monday after a 2-0 home defeat by Derby, a result that left the Latics 23rd in the Championship and eight points from safety.

    Ex-Scotland international Caldwell, 32, played 111 games for Wigan and was part of their 2013 FA Cup-winning squad. He retired earlier this season because of a persistent hip injury.

  101. QPR's remaining fixtures

    12 Apr - QPR v Chelsea

    25 Apr - QPR v West Ham

    2 May - Liverpool v QPR

    10 May - Man City v QPR

    16 May - QPR v Newcastle

    24 May - Leicester v QPR

  102. Aston Villa's remaining fixtures

    11 Apr - Tottenham v Aston Villa

    25 Apr - Man City v Aston Villa

    2 May - Aston Villa v Everton

    9 May - Aston Villa v West Ham

    16 May - Southampton v Aston Villa

    24 May - Aston Villa v Burnley

  103. Post update

    Aston Villa v QPR (19:45 BST)

    Aston Villa

    Aston Villa are nothing if not consistent at home this season.

    Their three victories at Villa Park have all been 2-1 against bottom-half opposition and have each been spaced three months apart.

    Their last home win? 3 March - just over a month ago. Uh oh...

  104. Pre-match manager chat

    Aston Villa v QPR (19:45 BST)

    BBC Radio 5 live

    QPR boss Chris Ramsey on his team selection: "We have got a couple of injuries down the left hand side in Yun Suk-young and Eduardo Vargas so we had to make the changes. But I'm confident that those players coming in will do what they need to."

    On building on Saturday's 4-1 win at West Brom: "The performances have been good recently, we were just fortunate that we took our chances at the weekend. The scoreline flattered us a little bit but hopefully we will build on that tonight."

    On his friendship with Tim Sherwood: "Tim will adapt to the players he has got at Villa and he's a talented coach so I'm sure he will manipulate them to the best way for his club. Our friendship goes out of the window tonight. Then hopefully we will still be talking after the game!"

  105. Pre-match manager chat

    Aston Villa v QPR (19:45 BST)

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood: "I've not built up this game - it speaks for itself. It is one we need to win and we think we have got the players to win this game tonight."

    On his friendship with QPR boss Chris Ramsey: "Chris is a great lad and a good friend of mine but we put all that aside for tonight. I hope at the end of the season we're both safe.

    "Is it the biggest game of my managerial career? One million per cent."

  106. Friends reunited?

    Aston Villa v QPR (19:45 BST)

    Tim Sherwood

    QPR boss Chris Ramsey is contracted to the club until the end of the season and fears he will find it tough to find another managerial job if he is not kept on.

    His long-term prospects at QPR would certainly be damaged if they were relegated, meaning Tim Sherwood could actually push his mate closer to the sack if Aston Villa win tonight. Still, it might not be all bad, with Sherwood hinting Ramsey would have a job at Villa should the worst happen.

    "If there was ever an opportunity for me to work with him again I would do that," he says. "I would have to speak to the club about whether we could find a role for him here. He is up there with the very best coaches I have ever seen."

  107. Post update

    Aston Villa v QPR (19:45 BST)

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former Nottingham Forest boss Stuart Pearce: "What Tim Sherwood gives you is a freshness - ask him a straightforward question and he will give you a straightforward answer.

    "However, if the crowd start to get edgy and turn on the team, they are destined to get relegated. It is important fro all the teams near the bottom to keep the fans behind them."

  108. Team news

    Aston Villa v QPR (19:45 BST)

    Ron Vlaar is the name which most Aston Villa fans will be pleased to see on Tim Sherwood's teamsheet. The Netherlands centre-back, who has struggled with calf and knee injuries, returned to the bench in Saturday's 3-1 defeat at Manchester United and now replaces Jores Okore in the back four.

    Full-backs Leandro Bacuna and Kieran Richardson also return, along with midfielders Tom Cleverley - who was ineligible to face his parent club at Old Trafford - and teenager Jack Grealish.

    QPR boss Chris Ramsey makes a couple of enforced changes from Saturday's 4-1 win at West Brom. Full-back Yun Suk-young and winger Eduardo Vargas both came off injured and are replaced again by veteran pair Clint Hill and Niko Kranjcar.

  109. Post update

    Leroy Fer
  110. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    QPR midfielder Leroy Fer: Come on ladssss! Same as saturday.. You can do it!

    Phil Roberts: Glad #Sherwood has shaken the team up! Big chance for Jack Grealish to shine! The three in midfield are vital and need to compete!

    Ian Talbot: 1 point not enough tonight considering next two fixtures are Away vs Spurs & Man City. Massive, MASSIVE game for AVFC

  111. Post update

    Aston Villa v QPR (19:45 BST)

    Aston Villa v QPR
  112. It has been a while...

    Chris Waddle

    Not watching their side play top flight football would be an alien concept for many Aston Villa fans.

    The last time they plied their trade in the second tier of English football was back in 1988, a year when a 19-year-old Kylie Minogue was dominating the charts with "I should be so lucky", shell suits were commonplace and footballers' hairstyles were magnificent.

    When you consider the fact Villa have spent almost three decades in the top flight, Tim Sherwood is probably not far off the truth when he says this is the club's biggest game in years...

  113. Post update

    League One preview

    It's a big night at the top end of League One where Bristol City could move even closer to promotion.

    Swindon manager Mark Cooper

    Victory over Swindon tonight could put the leaders just one more win away from going up - if MK Dons lose at home to Scunthorpe.

    However, Swindon have every incentive to put a spanner in the works. The two clubs are fierce local rivals and Mark Cooper's side needs the three points in one of their games in hand over second-placed Preston to sustain hopes of making it into an automatic promotion slot.

    A 3-0 home defeat to MK Dons last Saturday did nothing to help their cause but history is on their side with Swindon unbeaten in their last 10 games against City.

    The Dons have revived their promotion hopes with three straight victories and face a Scunthorpe side which ended a nine-match winless run with a 2-0 success against Peterborough last Friday.

    Finally, Sheffield United are looking to cement their top-six place with a fourth win in five games. They host a Doncaster side which has slipped out of the play-off picture thanks to just one win in six games.

  114. Post update

    Championship preview

    After all the drama at the top end of the Championship over the Easter weekend, tonight's focus is on the bottom of the table.

    Reading manager Steve Clarke

    The tide has already gone out for Blackpool, whose relegation was confirmed by Rotherham's 1-0 win over Brighton yesterday.

    Opponents Reading aren't mathematically safe and will want to get the job done before they face Arsenal in an FA Cup semi-final on 18 April.

    However, Steve Clarke's team has lost three and drawn one of their last four away games so won't take anything for granted against a Blackpool side which is without a win since the end of January.

    Fulham also need the points to guarantee their Championship survival thanks to a run of just two wins in 13 games. Kit Symons' side faces a tricky trip across London to face a Charlton line-up which has won four of its last five home games but did suffer defeat in the capital on Good Friday when they were beaten 2-1 by Millwall.

    That result kept some pressure on Fulham as Millwall are seven points behind the Cottagers - beaten 4-1 at home by Brentford on Friday - who are one place clear of the drop zone.

  115. Post update

    This is not the only game we have tonight, with a sprinkling of Football League fixtures taking place. Here's a bit more on what to watch out for...

  116. Vlaar's time?

    Aston Villa v QPR (19:45 BST)

    Ron Vlaar

    Tim Sherwood will be hoping Ron Vlaar will display the battling qualities he is after tonight.

    The Aston Villa skipper is in the side having recovered from a calf injury and, with his contract expiring in the summer, Sherwood will want Vlaar to prove his worth.

    "We all know what he has done over the years but when people are putting their hands in their pockets to fork out money, they want to know they are getting value," says Sherwood. "He will have far more options open to him if he is in the shop window that's for sure."

  117. Too much icing, not enough cake

    Aston Villa v QPR (19:45 BST)

    Aston Villa v QPR

    Tim Sherwood has certainly chosen an interesting way of geeing up his players for tonight's game, saying he doesn't have a squad of battlers capable of grinding out results.

    "You look through QPR's side and they've got a lot of players who are men - with a lot of experience in there," he says. "We've got a few men in there - but we've got a lot of pretty much icing-on-the-cake players and I'm trying to get that mentality into them to forget about digging out results.

    "It's not what we're cut out to do. I haven't identified many players who can't cope with the pressure, but you don't know until they get out there."

  118. Post update

    Aston Villa v QPR (19:45 BST)

    Aston Villa

    Plenty of reminders in the tunnel at Villa Park of Aston Villa's rich history. Will that be enough to motivate the current crop of players in the run-in?

  119. BBC coverage

    Aston Villa v QPR (19:45 BST)

    BBC Radio 5 live

    BBC Radio 5 live's build up to the game gets under way at 19:00 BST before live commentary 45 minutes later. Then, at full-time, you can get involved in 5 live's Football Social and have your say on anything and everything to do with the game.

    You won't need to go anywhere else to get the commentary either, with it available on this page for desktop users and via the 'live coverage' tab for mobile and tablet users.

  120. Team news

    Aston Villa v QPR (19:45 BST)

    Aston Villa skipper Ron Vlaar is named in the starting XI following recent injury in one of five changes for the hosts. QPR bring in left-back Clint Hill and winger Niko Kranjcar as they make two changes.

    Villa XI: Guzan, Bacuna, Vlaar, Clark, Richardson, Cleverley, Delph, Sanchez, Grealish, Agbonlahor, Benteke.

    QPR XI: Green, Isla, Onouha, Caulker, Hill, Phillips, Sandro, Barton, Kranjcar, Austin, Zamora.

  121. Post update

    Right then, teams news is in. Aston Villa have a pretty big injury list, with Philippe Senderos, Libor Kozak, Alan Hutton, Ashley Westwood and Scott Sinclair ruled out. So who has made it?

  122. Post update

    Aston Villa v QPR (19:45 BST)

    Chris Ramsey

    For Aston Villa, it is perhaps not the ideal time to face QPR.

    After five successive defeats, the Hoops claimed an emphatic 4-1 win at West Brom on Saturday to boost their survival hopes.

    "A win would be a fantastic boost for us because it would see us above the line," says boss Chris Ramsey. "It would give the fans a lot of hope that we have a chance of staying up and obviously it will give us a lot of hope for the game against Chelsea on Sunday. We're just looking to get a positive result."

  123. Come on Tim, pick up

    Aston Villa v QPR (19:45 BST)

    Aston Villa

    Somewhere in England, possibly a sleepy village on the outskirts of London, it might not be that uncommon to be sat in a pub and see Tim Sherwood, Chris Ramsey and Les Ferdinand all pop in for a pint.

    "We live near each other," says Sherwood. "Me, him and Les live probably 10 minutes from each other so sometimes there is a pint to be had."

    The trio worked together at Tottenham and have stayed friends ever since, although Sherwood has been giving Ramsey the silent treatment in the build up to this game, cancelling the QPR boss' calls.

    "I keep red buttoning him," adds Sherwood. "It's hard, what do you talk about? You can't share team notes. Only 'how's the family, are you alright? Ok, see you Tuesday."

  124. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Shane Daly: Villa are a club to big to go down, but if you don't perform good enough & assume you won't go down, well you may get bitten.

    Ian Talbot: 1 point not enough tonight considering next two fixtures are away vs Spurs & Man City. Massive, MASSIVE game for AVFC.

  125. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Who is going down and why?

    So who do you sitting in the bottom three come the end of the season? Will it be the three promoted teams from last season - Leicester, QPR and Burnley - or will someone else get dragged in? Where has it gone wrong for the struggling teams this season?

    Let us know via #bbcfootball, text on 81111 or have your say on the BBC Sport Facebook and Google+ pages.

  126. Post update

    Aston Villa v QPR (19:45 BST)

    The honeymoon period is very much over for Tim Sherwood.

    After winning three of his first five games in charge, he has overseen two successive defeats to leave Aston Villa teetering just above the relegation zone. If there is any manager who will label a game six pointer it is Sherwood, and that is arguably what this fixture is.

    "I think this is the biggest game that a lot of these players have ever played for this football club," he says. "This is without doubt the biggest game of the season for Aston Villa and possibly one of the biggest in a number of years and this is the biggest of my managerial career."

  127. Post update

    Aston Villa v QPR (19:45 BST)

    Premier League

    "The biggest game in years."

    Not my words, the words of Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood, who sees his side's clash with fellow strugglers QPR tonight as one of the club's most important fixture in their Premier League history.

    Villa are just outside the relegation zone in 17th, QPR are two places and three points worse off. A win for Villa, and their fans can breathe a little easier. A win for QPR, and they could move out of the bottom three, putting Villa in it. Tense.

  128. "The biggest game in years"

    The Premier League title looks to be wrapped up...

    Premier League

    ...and the top four is taking shape...

    Manchester United there's noth