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QPR 1-0 Aston Villa: Pawel Wszolek gives R's fourth win in five

Pawel Wszolek gives QPR the lead against Aston Villa
QPR winger Pawel Wszolek (far left) scored in the league for the first time since March

Queens Park Rangers continued their fine form in the Championship by beating Aston Villa at Loftus Road to record their fourth win in a five-match unbeaten run.

After Jack Grealish had hit the post with a long-range free-kick for the visitors, Pawel Wszolek put the R's ahead seven minutes before the break with an emphatic finish off the underside of the bar.

Tammy Abraham deflected a free-kick wide after the break and Rangers keeper Joe Lumley denied Yannick Bolasie with a low stop as Villa sought an equaliser.

But the hosts survived pressure in the second half to move up to seventh in the table, one point off the play-offs, while Villa have won just one of their past seven games.

After tasting victory in his first game in charge against Swansea, Dean Smith has now seen his Villa side fall to back-to-back defeats and slip to 16th, six points off the top six before the rest of the weekend's fixtures.

Both sides had chances in a lively opening quarter of an hour, with John McGinn and Grealish firing wide and Luke Freeman and Eberechi Eze testing Villa keeper Orjan Nyland.

The hosts took the lead when the Villa defence momentarily switched off, with Wszolek running between James Chester and Neil Taylor to latch on to Geoff Cameron's lofted through ball and power in from 14 yards out.

Toni Leistner and Angel Rangel put in crucial blocks to help secure a third successive clean sheet for Steve McClaren's side, who have recovered remarkably after losing their first four games of the season.

QPR manager Steve McClaren:

"I am so proud of the players and the staff. It has been a tough week and we have got three wins and three clean sheets.

"We had to win a big game at home and this was it. We needed to score first and defend the box for our lives to hold on.

"The players showed great character and it is a platform in terms of what we can do. We need to take advantage and not let things slip."

Aston Villa boss Dean Smith told BBC WM:

"We were good tonight and created some big chances. We were the aggressors throughout the game.

"It is frustrating because we gave a poor goal away and did not make the most of our opportunities.

"We gave it everything and on another day we win that game 3-0. Sometimes it is small margins which separate you.

"The spirit was there for all to see and I won't get too downhearted about it because the players are showing me what good players they are."

Line-ups

QPR

  • 13Lumley
  • 22Rangel
  • 37Leistner
  • 33LynchBooked at 29mins
  • 3Bidwell
  • 5CameronSubstituted forScowenat 70'minutes
  • 21LuongoBooked at 82mins
  • 23WszolekBooked at 80mins
  • 10EzeSubstituted forSmithat 90+1'minutes
  • 7Freeman
  • 16HemedSubstituted forWellsat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Ingram
  • 4Hall
  • 8Cousins
  • 11Scowen
  • 17Smith
  • 20Osayi-Samuel
  • 32Wells

Aston Villa

  • 1Nyland
  • 21Hutton
  • 4Tuanzebe
  • 5Chester
  • 3Taylor
  • 27El MohamadySubstituted forBolasieat 62'minutes
  • 20BjarnasonSubstituted forWhelanat 41'minutes
  • 7McGinn
  • 26Kodjia
  • 10Grealish
  • 18Abraham

Substitutes

  • 6Whelan
  • 8Lansbury
  • 9Hogan
  • 11Bolasie
  • 14Hourihane
  • 15Jedinak
  • 31Bunn
Referee:
Darren England
Attendance:
16,036

Match Stats

Home TeamQPRAway TeamAston Villa
Possession
Home32%
Away68%
Shots
Home16
Away18
Shots on Target
Home7
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away9
Fouls
Home23
Away12

Live Text

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

Full Time

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

Offside, Aston Villa. Jack Grealish tries a through ball, but Jonathan Kodjia is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a set piece situation.

Glenn Whelan (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Pawel Wszolek (Queens Park Rangers).

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Angel Rangel.

Attempt blocked. Tammy Abraham (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by John McGinn.

John McGinn (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matt Smith (Queens Park Rangers).

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Ørjan Nyland.

Attempt saved. Josh Scowen (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Nahki Wells.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Matt Smith replaces Eberechi Eze.

Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Toni Leistner (Queens Park Rangers).

John McGinn (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Pawel Wszolek (Queens Park Rangers).

Ørjan Nyland (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Massimo Luongo (Queens Park Rangers).

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Neil Taylor.

Booking

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

Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Massimo Luongo (Queens Park Rangers).

Attempt missed. Pawel Wszolek (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Josh Scowen.

Attempt blocked. Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Yannick Bolasie with a cross.

Booking

Pawel Wszolek (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card.

Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Pawel Wszolek (Queens Park Rangers).

Foul by Jack Grealish (Aston Villa).

Eberechi Eze (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Pawel Wszolek (Queens Park Rangers).

Attempt saved. Nahki Wells (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Luke Freeman.

Attempt missed. Josh Scowen (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Nahki Wells.

Foul by Glenn Whelan (Aston Villa).

Josh Scowen (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Axel Tuanzebe (Aston Villa).

Eberechi Eze (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Yannick Bolasie (Aston Villa).

Eberechi Eze (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

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2Middlesbrough14752167926
3Sheff Utd148242316726
4West Brom1473432221024
5Derby147342115624
6Norwich147341917224
7QPR157261519-423
8Nottm Forest145722115622
9Bristol City146441814422
10Blackburn145631719-221
11Swansea145541511420
12Birmingham144821613320
13Wigan146261618-220
14Sheff Wed145452023-319
15Brentford144642319418
16Aston Villa154652223-118
17Stoke144551820-217
18Bolton144461119-816
19Preston143472328-513
20Millwall143471623-713
21Rotherham143471020-1013
22Reading143381923-412
23Hull142391121-109
24Ipswich141671122-119
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