Championship
QPR0Aston Villa1

Queens Park Rangers 0-1 Aston Villa

Jonathan Kodjia
Jonathan Kodjia has scored eight goals this season

Jonathan Kodjia's powerful low shot was enough to secure Aston Villa's second Championship away win of the campaign at strugglers QPR.

The striker had a first-half penalty saved by R's keeper Alex Smithies, after he was fouled by Pawel Wszolek.

Villa improved after the break, but Smithies stopped efforts from both Kodjia and Leandro Bacuna.

But Kodjia was not to be denied, as his strike squirmed under Smithies to make it five losses in a row for Rangers.

Relive: Villa secure win at QPR

It is the first time Villa have won a league game at Loftus Road since 1991, when Dwight Yorke scored the winning goal.

One positive for Ian Holloway's side was the return of forward Jamie Mackie following an eight-month injury lay-off.

However the R's have not tasted victory since Holloway's first game in charge, and it would have been worse had Smithies not saved his fifth Championship penalty out of the last seven he has faced.

The result leaves the London side just three points above the relegation zone, while Villa are six points from the final play-off place.

QPR manager Ian Holloway:

"I feel just like the supporters I imagine; there was lots of real good stuff, but we got to 65 minutes and went a little too deep.

"The closing and pressing, the way the lads chased and worked, I couldn't ask them to give me any more.

"The longer it goes and the less confident you get, the deeper you go and then you start to worry.

"We need to get someone who can bobble it in off their ear hole. I don't care how ugly the goal is - it doesn't matter, we need to score first."

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce:

"We've had the most outstanding chances, and I thought their goalkeeper was going to get man of the match.

"There was one save in particular down to his right hand side that was unbelievable, then he saved the penalty and you're thinking if it's going to be one of those days.

"Thankfully Kodjia has done what he's done best. The pleasing thing is that he's stuck at it, missing the penalty, and won us the match. It's his eighth goal in 11 games.

"We've still got a long way to catch up, we've got to try and make an impression on the top six, that's got to be our aim."

Line-ups

QPR

  • 1Smithies
  • 24Perch
  • 5Onuoha
  • 6Lynch
  • 3Bidwell
  • 15WszolekSubstituted forShodipoat 62'minutes
  • 21LuongoBooked at 81mins
  • 4Hall
  • 23N'Gbakoto
  • 10CherySubstituted forMackieat 78'minutes
  • 9WashingtonSubstituted forSyllaat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Borysiuk
  • 12Mackie
  • 13Ingram
  • 17Polter
  • 27Shodipo
  • 30Guimaraes Cordeiro
  • 40Sylla

Aston Villa

  • 31BunnBooked at 90mins
  • 21Hutton
  • 12ChesterBooked at 63mins
  • 2Baker
  • 23Amavi
  • 37Adomah
  • 25JedinakBooked at 43mins
  • 22GardnerSubstituted forWestwoodat 89'minutes
  • 7Bacuna
  • 44McCormackSubstituted forAgbonlahorat 71'minutes
  • 26KodjiaSubstituted forGestedeat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Gollini
  • 6Elphick
  • 10J Ayew
  • 11Agbonlahor
  • 14Gestede
  • 15Westwood
  • 40Grealish
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham
Attendance:
16,285

Match Stats

Home TeamQPRAway TeamAston Villa
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home9
Away18
Shots on Target
Home0
Away7
Corners
Home2
Away8
Fouls
Home12
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Queens Park Rangers 0, Aston Villa 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Queens Park Rangers 0, Aston Villa 1.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by James Perch.

Attempt saved. Rudy Gestede (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mile Jedinak.

Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Alex Smithies tries a through ball, but Jamie Mackie is caught offside.

Massimo Luongo (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa).

Booking

Mark Bunn (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Grant Hall (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Mark Bunn (Aston Villa) because of an injury.

Foul by Olamide Shodipo (Queens Park Rangers).

Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Ashley Westwood replaces Gary Gardner.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Nathan Baker (Aston Villa) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Jamie Mackie (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Olamide Shodipo with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Rudy Gestede replaces Jonathan Kodjia.

Attempt missed. James Perch (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Booking

Massimo Luongo (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Massimo Luongo (Queens Park Rangers).

Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Jamie Mackie replaces Tjaronn Chery.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match (Queens Park Rangers).

Goal!

Goal! Queens Park Rangers 0, Aston Villa 1. Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Alan Hutton.

Attempt missed. Gary Gardner (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Leandro Bacuna.

Attempt blocked. Grant Hall (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by James Perch.

Idrissa Sylla (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Nathan Baker (Aston Villa).

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Gabriel Agbonlahor replaces Ross McCormack.

Attempt missed. James Perch (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Yeni N'Gbakoto with a cross.

Offside, Aston Villa. James Chester tries a through ball, but Jonathan Kodjia is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jordan Amavi following a corner.

Attempt missed. Jordan Amavi (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Grant Hall.

Foul by Idrissa Sylla (Queens Park Rangers).

Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Yeni N'Gbakoto (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

James Chester (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Newcastle22161545172849
2Brighton22146235142148
3Reading2212463029140
4Huddersfield2212372626039
5Leeds2212282622438
6Sheff Wed2211472623337
7Derby2210662315836
8Birmingham229762729-234
9Fulham2289538281033
10Norwich2210393734333
11Preston229583027332
12Barnsley229493835331
13Aston Villa2271052321231
14Brentford2284102728-128
15Ipswich227782224-228
16Bristol City2283112827127
17Nottm Forest2275103539-426
18Wolves226792830-225
19QPR2265112031-1123
20Cardiff2265112436-1223
21Burton2257102330-722
22Blackburn2255122737-1020
23Wigan2246121827-918
24Rotherham2224162148-2710
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