Aston Villa recovered from two goals down to draw with Queens Park Rangers as Djibril Cisse scored on his debut.

The French striker, who signed for QPR from Lazio on Tuesday, fired in after a blocked Shaun Wright-Phillips shot.

Stephen Warnock scored a bizarre own goal from Taye Taiwo's cross to double the lead, before Darren Bent pulled one back from Alan Hutton's centre.

Villa bossed the second half and grabbed a second when Charles N'Zogbia volleyed in Stiliyan Petrov's cross.

Having spluttered through the first half, Villa were only prevented from completing a superb turnaround by some last-ditch QPR defending.

Tommy Smith denied Darren Bent on the line, while Paddy Kenny was called into action on several occasions as the hosts looked a completely different team after the break.

Mark Hughes pleased with Djibril Cisse impact

But with his side having failed to win any of their previous five home games, McLeish will at least be thankful he got a response after the visitors dominated the opening period.

QPR boss Mark Hughes captured Cisse and Bobby Zamora barely 24 hours before this game. Zamora was unable to feature, and Cisse was only cleared to play an hour before kick-off after paperwork delays from his former club.

But after a firm challenge from Warnock welcoming him back to English football, the 30-year-old former Liverpool striker wasted little time in having an impact on his first game in the Premier League since May 2009.

Jamie Mackie was involved in the build-up and when Wright-Phillips had his shot blocked the ball fell to Cisse, who made no mistake by firing an angled shot into the bottom corner from 12 yards.

With both teams knocked out of the FA Cup at the weekend, this game gave them the opportunity to concentrate on their league form and despite being four places beneath their opponents in the table, it was QPR who started with far more purpose.

BENT AND CISSE LANDMARKS

  • Darren Bent's goal was his 100th in the Premier League, the 22nd player to achieve that mark
  • Cisse's goal means he has scored on his debut for Liverpool, Sunderland and QPR

Despite featuring debutants Taiwo and Nedum Onuoha, they doubled their lead in fortunate circumstances just before the half hour when Warnock, under no pressure, headed Taiwo's cross past Shay Given into his own net from eight yards.

McLeish was understandably dumbfounded but the goal finally drew a response from the hosts with Richard Dunne's header saved by Kenny, while Robbie Keane's deflected shot hit the bar.

Villa also had a handball claim when N'Zogbia's through ball clipped Mackie's hand, but it was not long before they reduced the deficit.

Keane approached the QPR defence before passing wide to Hutton, and the Scot's low cross was met by Bent for his 10th goal of the season.

The hosts continued in the same vein after the break, with Kenny saving shots from Petrov and Keane, while Ciaran Clark had a very good penalty appeal rejected after his strike cannoned off Shaun Derry's arm.

And by the hour mark the game had turned, with QPR struggling to contain Villa, who were stringing together a series of attacks.

Cisse glad to be back in England

Hughes's side had a great opportunity to restore their two-goal lead against the run of play when, following a corner, Mackie mistimed an attempted shot from Wright-Phillips's low centre with the ball fizzing through his legs.

But that remained an isolated chance for the visitors, and Bent could have drawn Villa level before N'Zogbia made his mark on his return to the side in place of the injured Gabriel Agbonlahor by hitting a sweetly-timed volley to level matters.

That was the cue for the Villa supporters to find their voice and only Tommy Smith's goal-line clearance prevented Bent from grabbing a winner.

QPR were also thankful to debutant Onuhoa who, along with Kenny, was a solid foil in defence as the visitors grabbed a well-earned point.

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (4)

Aston Villa

  • 01 Given
  • 02 Hutton
  • 03 Warnock
  • 05 Dunne
  • 21 Clark (Bannan - 70' )
  • 24 Cuellar
  • 07 Ireland
  • 10 N'Zogbia
  • 19 Petrov
  • 09 Bent
  • 20 Keane

Substitutes

  • 22 Guzan
  • 30 Lichaj
  • 32 Baker
  • 25 Bannan
  • 38 Gardner
  • 18 Heskey
  • 26 Weimann

QPR

  • 01 Kenny
  • 18 Young Booked
  • 34 Taiwo
  • 35 Ferdinand
  • 42 Onuoha
  • 04 Derry (Ephraim - 73' )
  • 17 Barton
  • 32 Wright-Phillips
  • 12 Mackie
  • 20 Hulse (Smith - 54' )
  • 23 Cisse (Macheda - 81' )

Substitutes

  • 24 Cerny
  • 03 Hill
  • 05 Hall
  • 25 Ephraim
  • 21 Smith
  • 33 Macheda
  • 46 Balanta
Ref: Swarbrick
Att: 32,063

Match Stats

Shots

23 3

On target

15 3

Corners

9 3

Fouls

3 12

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:08 Full time

Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.

90:00 +3:46

Attacking throw-in by Luke Young (QPR).

90:00 +3:08

Goal kick taken long by Patrick Kenny (QPR).

90:00 +2:29

Federico Macheda (QPR) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Richard Dunne (Aston Villa) from own half, passed.

90:00 +1:48

Shot by Charles N'Zogbia (Aston Villa) right-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by Nedum Onuoha (QPR). Shot by Stephen Warnock (Aston Villa) left-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), missed left. Goal kick taken long by Patrick Kenny (QPR).

90:00 +0:57

Attacking throw-in by Alan Hutton (Aston Villa).

90:00 +0:10

Foul by Charles N'Zogbia (Aston Villa) on Anton Ferdinand (QPR). Free kick taken right-footed by Patrick Kenny (QPR) from own half, resulting in open play.

89:35

Goal kick taken long by Shay Given (Aston Villa).

88:49

Darren Bent (Aston Villa) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Patrick Kenny (QPR) from own half, resulting in open play.

88:26

Goal kick taken long by Patrick Kenny (QPR).

86:42

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Joey Barton (QPR) to centre, save (caught) by Shay Given (Aston Villa).

86:27

Attacking throw-in by Taye Taiwo (QPR).

85:31

Shot by Charles N'Zogbia (Aston Villa) drilled left-footed from left channel (20 yards), save (tipped round post) by Patrick Kenny (QPR). Floated corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Barry Bannan (Aston Villa) to far post, header by Richard Dunne (Aston Villa) from centre of penalty area (12 yards), missed left.

84:23

Attacking throw-in by Stiliyan Petrov (Aston Villa).

82:56

Header by Richard Dunne (Aston Villa) from centre of penalty area (12 yards), missed right.

82:10

Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Charles N'Zogbia (Aston Villa) to far post, shot by Darren Bent (Aston Villa) volleyed left-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by Tommy Smith (QPR). Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Barry Bannan (Aston Villa) to centre, clearance by Anton Ferdinand (QPR). Goal kick taken long by Patrick Kenny (QPR).

81:58

Shot by Charles N'Zogbia (Aston Villa) left-footed from left side of penalty area (18 yards), blocked by Anton Ferdinand (QPR).

81:07

Foul by Joey Barton (QPR) on Alan Hutton (Aston Villa). Free kick crossed left-footed by Barry Bannan (Aston Villa) from right by-line, resulting in open play.

80:51

Defending throw-in by Luke Young (QPR).

80:18 Substitution

Substitution QPR substitution: Djibril Cisse replaced by Federico Macheda (tactical).

80:02

Defending throw-in by Luke Young (QPR).

78:05

Assist (cross) by Stiliyan Petrov (Aston Villa) from right wing.

78:05 Goal scored

Goal! - Charles N'Zogbia - A Villa 2 - 2 QPR goal by Charles N'Zogbia (Aston Villa) left-footed (bottom-right of goal) from centre of penalty area (12 yards).Aston Villa 2-2 QPR.

78:03

Cross by Stiliyan Petrov (Aston Villa),

77:43

Defending throw-in by Taye Taiwo (QPR).

76:38

Foul by Anton Ferdinand (QPR) on Stephen Ireland (Aston Villa). Free kick drilled left-footed by Barry Bannan (Aston Villa) from left channel (25 yards), hit wall.

75:45

Defending throw-in by Alan Hutton (Aston Villa).

74:27

Attacking throw-in by Charles N'Zogbia (Aston Villa).

74:07

Attacking throw-in by Alan Hutton (Aston Villa).

73:26

Darren Bent (Aston Villa) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Patrick Kenny (QPR) from own half, resulting in open play.

72:31

Free kick taken right-footed by Patrick Kenny (QPR) from own half, resulting in open play.

72:31 Substitution

Substitution QPR substitution: Shaun Derry replaced by Hogan Ephraim (tactical).

72:16

Darren Bent (Aston Villa) caught offside.

70:34

Foul by Robbie Keane (Aston Villa) on Joey Barton (QPR). Free kick taken right-footed by Anton Ferdinand (QPR) from own half, resulting in open play.

70:13

Goal kick taken long by Patrick Kenny (QPR).

69:53 Substitution

Substitution Aston Villa substitution: Ciaran Clark replaced by Barry Bannan (tactical).

69:33

Shot by Darren Bent (Aston Villa) right-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), missed right.

67:47

Cross by Shaun Wright-Phillips (QPR), resulting in ball out of play. Goal kick taken short by Shay Given (Aston Villa).

67:16

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Joey Barton (QPR) to near post, clearance by Richard Dunne (Aston Villa).

66:15

Defending throw-in by Richard Dunne (Aston Villa).

64:43

Shot by Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) curled left-footed from right channel (30 yards), missed left. Goal kick taken long by Patrick Kenny (QPR).

64:36

Attacking throw-in by Stephen Ireland (Aston Villa).

63:58

Goal kick taken long by Patrick Kenny (QPR).

63:40

Cross by Djibril Cisse (QPR), comfortable save (caught) by Shay Given (Aston Villa).

63:10

Cross by Charles N'Zogbia (Aston Villa), comfortable save (caught) by Patrick Kenny (QPR).

62:22

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Stiliyan Petrov (Aston Villa) to near post, clearance by Shaun Derry (QPR). Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Stiliyan Petrov (Aston Villa) to centre, clearance by Taye Taiwo (QPR).

61:54

Attacking throw-in by Alan Hutton (Aston Villa).

61:28

Tommy Smith (QPR) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Shay Given (Aston Villa) from own half, passed.

60:16

Defending throw-in by Richard Dunne (Aston Villa).

59:45

Shot by Taye Taiwo (QPR) drilled left-footed from left wing (20 yards), save (caught) by Shay Given (Aston Villa).

58:48

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Stiliyan Petrov (Aston Villa) to near post, clearance by Shaun Derry (QPR).

58:38

Cross by Stephen Warnock (Aston Villa), clearance by Joey Barton (QPR).

57:55

Shot by Robbie Keane (Aston Villa) right-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), brilliant save (parried) by Patrick Kenny (QPR).

57:20

Cross by Alan Hutton (Aston Villa), clearance by Anton Ferdinand (QPR).

57:03

Cross by Alan Hutton (Aston Villa), clearance by Luke Young (QPR).

55:24

Goal kick taken short by Shay Given (Aston Villa).

55:11

Attacking throw-in by Luke Young (QPR).

54:33

Defending throw-in by Carlos Cuellar (Aston Villa).

53:51

Attacking throw-in by Luke Young (QPR).

53:20 Substitution

Substitution QPR substitution: Rob Hulse replaced by Tommy Smith (tactical).

52:13

Foul by Nedum Onuoha (QPR) on Robbie Keane (Aston Villa). Free kick taken right-footed by Stiliyan Petrov (Aston Villa) from left channel (25 yards), save (caught) by Patrick Kenny (QPR).

50:45

Shot by Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa) left-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by Anton Ferdinand (QPR).

50:03

Shot by Stiliyan Petrov (Aston Villa) right-footed from left channel (20 yards), save (with feet) by Patrick Kenny (QPR).

49:20

Free kick crossed right-footed by Stiliyan Petrov (Aston Villa) from left channel, save (punched) by Patrick Kenny (QPR).

49:20 Booking

Booking Luke Young (QPR) booked for unsporting behaviour.

49:03

Foul by Luke Young (QPR) on Charles N'Zogbia (Aston Villa).

48:04

Attacking throw-in by Stephen Warnock (Aston Villa).

47:09

Attacking throw-in by Taye Taiwo (QPR).

45:37

Pass corner from right by-line taken by Stiliyan Petrov (Aston Villa) to short, clearance by Shaun Derry (QPR).

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:00 +1:19 Half time

Half Time The match has reached half-time.

45:00 +0:52

Attacking throw-in by Taye Taiwo (QPR).

45:00 +0:44

Defending throw-in by Taye Taiwo (QPR).

44:14

Assist (cross) by Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) from right wing.

44:14 Goal scored

Goal! - Darren Bent - A Villa 1 - 2 QPR goal by Darren Bent (Aston Villa) right-footed (low centre of goal) from centre of penalty area (6 yards).Aston Villa 1-2 QPR.

44:14

Cross by Alan Hutton (Aston Villa),

43:09

Goal kick taken long by Patrick Kenny (QPR).

41:51

Foul by Stephen Warnock (Aston Villa) on Jamie Mackie (QPR). Free kick taken right-footed by Luke Young (QPR) from right channel, resulting in open play.

40:50

Goal kick taken long by Patrick Kenny (QPR).

40:29

Header by Darren Bent (Aston Villa) from centre of penalty area (18 yards), missed right.

38:58

Defending throw-in by Luke Young (QPR).

37:56

Cross by Stephen Warnock (Aston Villa), resulting in ball out of play. Goal kick taken long by Patrick Kenny (QPR).

37:02

Goal kick taken long by Patrick Kenny (QPR).

35:40

Foul by Luke Young (QPR) on Stephen Warnock (Aston Villa). Free kick taken right-footed by Stephen Warnock (Aston Villa) from left wing, passed.

34:59

Shot by Robbie Keane (Aston Villa) left-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by Anton Ferdinand (QPR).

34:34

Attacking throw-in by Alan Hutton (Aston Villa).

33:52

Goal kick taken long by Patrick Kenny (QPR).

33:02

Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Stiliyan Petrov (Aston Villa) to centre, header by Richard Dunne (Aston Villa) from centre of penalty area (12 yards), save (caught) by Patrick Kenny (QPR).

32:49

Cross by Stephen Ireland (Aston Villa), clearance by Shaun Derry (QPR).

32:19

Cross by Alan Hutton (Aston Villa), clearance by Anton Ferdinand (QPR).

32:07

Attacking throw-in by Alan Hutton (Aston Villa).

32:01

Cross by Stephen Ireland (Aston Villa), clearance by Anton Ferdinand (QPR).

31:48

Cross by Robbie Keane (Aston Villa), save (parried) by Patrick Kenny (QPR). Attacking throw-in by Alan Hutton (Aston Villa).

31:02

Corner from left by-line taken short right-footed by Stiliyan Petrov (Aston Villa).

28:01

Assist (pass) by Taye Taiwo (QPR) from left wing.

28:01 Goal scored

Goal! - Stephen Warnock - A Villa 0 - 2 QPR Headed own goal by Stephen Warnock (Aston Villa) (bottom-left of goal) from own half (6 yards).Aston Villa 0-2 QPR.

27:57

Cross by Taye Taiwo (QPR), resulting in open play.

27:05

Defending throw-in by Taye Taiwo (QPR).

26:00

Foul by Jamie Mackie (QPR) on Stephen Warnock (Aston Villa). Free kick taken right-footed by Richard Dunne (Aston Villa) from own half, passed.

24:41

Cross by Charles N'Zogbia (Aston Villa), resulting in open play.

23:27

Defending throw-in by Stephen Warnock (Aston Villa).

22:38

Foul by Luke Young (QPR) on Charles N'Zogbia (Aston Villa). Free kick taken right-footed by Stiliyan Petrov (Aston Villa) from left wing, header by Carlos Cuellar (Aston Villa) from left side of penalty area (12 yards), comfortable save (caught) by Patrick Kenny (QPR).

22:10

Defending throw-in by Luke Young (QPR).

21:00

Attacking throw-in by Taye Taiwo (QPR).

20:14

Cross by Stephen Warnock (Aston Villa), save (caught) by Patrick Kenny (QPR).

19:58

Attacking throw-in by Robbie Keane (Aston Villa).

19:09

Defending throw-in by Luke Young (QPR).

18:30

Cross by Shaun Wright-Phillips (QPR), clearance by Carlos Cuellar (Aston Villa).

18:16

Cross by Djibril Cisse (QPR), resulting in open play.

17:35

Goal kick taken short by Shay Given (Aston Villa).

16:53

Attacking throw-in by Luke Young (QPR).

15:49

Foul by Jamie Mackie (QPR) on Stephen Warnock (Aston Villa). Free kick taken right-footed by Shay Given (Aston Villa) from own half, resulting in open play.

15:09

Shot by Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa) volleyed left-footed from left channel (25 yards), comfortable save (caught) by Patrick Kenny (QPR).

14:04

Foul by Shaun Wright-Phillips (QPR) on Stephen Ireland (Aston Villa). Free kick taken right-footed by Stephen Ireland (Aston Villa) from right channel, passed.

13:42

Cross by Joey Barton (QPR), shot by Djibril Cisse (QPR) volleyed right-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), comfortable save (caught) by Shay Given (Aston Villa).

13:19

Shot by Darren Bent (Aston Villa) drilled left-footed from right channel (20 yards), comfortable save (caught) by Patrick Kenny (QPR).

12:48

Defending throw-in by Alan Hutton (Aston Villa).

12:24

Shot by Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa) left-footed from centre of penalty area (6 yards), missed right. Goal kick taken long by Patrick Kenny (QPR).

11:02

Assist on the goal came from Shaun Wright-Phillips.

11:02 Goal scored

Goal! - Djibril Cisse - A Villa 0 - 1 QPR Goal by Djibril Cisse (QPR) right-footed (bottom-left of goal) from right side of penalty area (18 yards).Aston Villa 0-1 QPR.

10:16

Attacking throw-in by Alan Hutton (Aston Villa).

10:06

Cross by Charles N'Zogbia (Aston Villa), clearance by Taye Taiwo (QPR).

9:30

Foul by Rob Hulse (QPR) on Alan Hutton (Aston Villa). Free kick taken right-footed by Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) from own half, passed. Attacking throw-in by Charles N'Zogbia (Aston Villa).

8:41

Defending throw-in by Alan Hutton (Aston Villa).

8:01

Darren Bent (Aston Villa) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Patrick Kenny (QPR) from own half, resulting in open play.

7:26

Jamie Mackie (QPR) caught offside. Free kick taken left-footed by Shay Given (Aston Villa) from own half, passed.

5:18

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Joey Barton (QPR) to near post, clearance by Darren Bent (Aston Villa).

5:10

Cross by Djibril Cisse (QPR), clearance by Alan Hutton (Aston Villa).

4:11

Attacking throw-in by Stephen Warnock (Aston Villa).

3:56

Cross by Alan Hutton (Aston Villa), clearance by Nedum Onuoha (QPR).

1:52

Defending throw-in by Luke Young (QPR).

1:34

Foul by Djibril Cisse (QPR) on Richard Dunne (Aston Villa). Free kick taken right-footed by Richard Dunne (Aston Villa) from own half, resulting in open play.

0:37

Goal kick taken long by Patrick Kenny (QPR).

0:07

Foul by Joey Barton (QPR) on Stiliyan Petrov (Aston Villa). Free kick taken right-footed by Stiliyan Petrov (Aston Villa) from right channel, passed.

0:00

The referee starts the match.

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