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Aston Villa 2-2 QPR: Tammy Abraham double earns point for hosts

Tammy Abraham in action for Aston Villa
Tammy Abraham has scored 12 goals in his past 10 games for Aston Villa

Aston Villa striker Tammy Abraham took his goal tally for the season to 16 in an entertaining draw with fellow play-off hopefuls QPR.

Villa made an excellent start and took the lead when John McGinn, who had earlier hit the crossbar, sent in a perfect cross for Abraham to head home.

Luke Freeman levelled for the visitors before the break when he smashed home from 25 yards out and Ebere Eze put them in front with a good finish after a quick counter-attack.

Abraham put the hosts back on level terms from sub Anwar El-Ghazi's cross, but Conor Hourihane's free-kick was just too high and Yannick Bolasie headed over as QPR managed to hold on for 11 minutes of stoppage time.

Despite piling forward in the latter stages Villa were unable to find a winner in a game that stretched well past the 100-minute mark after a collision between Villa striker Jonathan Kodjia and R's goalkeeper Joe Lumley.

A fourth victory in five games would have lifted Steve McClaren's victors to two points outside the top six, but they could not hold on to claim a win at Villa Park for the second successive season.

In contrast to their recent good form, Villa, who are five points outside the play-offs, have won just one of the four games influential midfielder Jack Grealish has missed because of a calf injury.

The Villans made five changes to the team that drew 1-1 with Preston on Saturday, including starts for goalkeeper Jed Steer and defender Tommy Elphick, who were recalled from loan spells at Charlton and Hull City respectively.

The alterations looked to have paid dividends as Dean Smith's side started strongly but they could not build on Abraham's 15th goal of the season and ended up indebted to the Chelsea loanee for salvaging a point.

They host Swansea in the FA Cup third round on Saturday, while QPR are at home against Championship leaders Leeds on Sunday.

Aston Villa boss Dean Smith: "It was frustrating as we know it was a game we should have won. After Abraham's first goal we fell away when we should have capitalised upon it.

"We lacked a bit of quality although the players showed a lot of character. Probably the four games in 10 days took their toll on key players like John McGinn and Conor Hourihane. Their quality was not as good as it usually is.

"Tammy has shown no inclination to go back to Chelsea. We are very happy with the way He is developing as a player and as a person. He is very happy and you can see the connection he has the supporters, the players and staff.

"Chelsea seem very happy as he developing as a player and scoring goals in the Championship. For all three parties it is a win, win, win."

QPR boss Steve McClaren: "It was a great game of football and a great advert for the Championship with two teams fully committed.

"I was delighted with the performance of my players to keep producing performances, especially away from home.

"They worked very hard for each other to give us a platform. The two goals were excellent and I feel we deserved the result.

"We are hard to beat and we are getting better with every game. In the last five games the lads have surprised me, showing great character and getting results."

Line-ups

Aston Villa

  • 12Steer
  • 16Bree
  • 24Elphick
  • 5Chester
  • 21Hutton
  • 14HourihaneBooked at 45minsSubstituted forWhelanat 90+1'minutes
  • 7McGinn
  • 20Bjarnason
  • 37AdomahSubstituted forBolasieat 61'minutes
  • 18Abraham
  • 26KodjiaBooked at 49minsSubstituted forEl Ghaziat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Whelan
  • 9Hogan
  • 11Bolasie
  • 17Davis
  • 22El Ghazi
  • 27El Mohamady
  • 31Bunn

QPR

  • 13LumleyBooked at 90mins
  • 2Furlong
  • 37LeistnerBooked at 69mins
  • 33Lynch
  • 3BidwellBooked at 90mins
  • 23WszolekBooked at 30minsSubstituted forOsayi-Samuelat 77'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 8Cousins
  • 11Scowen
  • 7Freeman
  • 10EzeSubstituted forHallat 90+7'minutes
  • 32WellsSubstituted forSmithat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Ingram
  • 4Hall
  • 14Manning
  • 17Smith
  • 18Oteh
  • 19Chair
  • 20Osayi-Samuel
Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
37,760

Match Stats

Home TeamAston VillaAway TeamQPR
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home22
Away11
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home9
Away1
Fouls
Home10
Away21

Live Text

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

Full Time

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

Foul by Yannick Bolasie (Aston Villa).

Darnell Furlong (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Bright Samuel (Queens Park Rangers).

Tammy Abraham (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Joel Lynch (Queens Park Rangers).

Booking

Jake Bidwell (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card.

James Bree (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matt Smith (Queens Park Rangers).

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Darnell Furlong.

Attempt blocked. Tommy Elphick (Aston Villa) header from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Glenn Whelan with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Grant Hall replaces Eberechi Eze.

John McGinn (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Josh Scowen (Queens Park Rangers).

Attempt saved. John McGinn (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by James Bree.

Booking

Joe Lumley (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Yannick Bolasie (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Anwar El Ghazi with a cross.

Anwar El Ghazi (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Bright Samuel (Queens Park Rangers).

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Glenn Whelan replaces Conor Hourihane.

Booking

Bright Samuel (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Yannick Bolasie (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Bright Samuel (Queens Park Rangers).

Attempt missed. Matt Smith (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Eberechi Eze (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Luke Freeman.

Attempt missed. Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Alan Hutton.

Offside, Aston Villa. James Bree tries a through ball, but Tammy Abraham is caught offside.

Anwar El Ghazi (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jake Bidwell (Queens Park Rangers).

Attempt missed. Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Anwar El Ghazi (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jake Bidwell (Queens Park Rangers).

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Toni Leistner.

Attempt blocked. Tommy Elphick (Aston Villa) header from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Yannick Bolasie with a cross.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Darnell Furlong.

Attempt blocked. Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Alan Hutton.

Attempt missed. Yannick Bolasie (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by James Chester.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Bright Samuel replaces Pawel Wszolek because of an injury.

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As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds26156544281651
2Norwich26147548341449
3Sheff Utd26145745281747
4West Brom26137654342046
5Middlesbrough261110528181043
6Derby2612773832643
7Nottm Forest26912539291039
8Birmingham26912538281039
9QPR2611693334-139
10Aston Villa2691164940938
11Bristol City2610883228438
12Swansea26106103531436
13Hull26106103633336
14Stoke2681173031-135
15Blackburn2681083341-834
16Sheff Wed2688103242-1032
17Preston2678113843-529
18Brentford26610103636028
19Millwall2677123341-828
20Wigan2675142540-1526
21Rotherham26510112541-1625
22Bolton2657141738-2122
23Reading2648142841-1320
24Ipswich2629152146-2515
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