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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

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 league 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 ahead of 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.

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.

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