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On the 90 minutes
Rangers fell to just their second home league defeat of the campaign, as Aston Villa backed up their promotion credentials with a 2-1 Loftus Road win.
Ian Holloway’s QPR team gave it their all and even took an 18th-minute lead through Jamie Mackie.
But it was visitors Villa who produced a dominant display thereafter to deservedly take home the points, as Albert Adomah struck either side of the interval – his first goal coming from the penalty spot – to signal victory for Steve Bruce’s men.
On Villa’s goals
Villa eventually levelled matters with a penalty in first-half stoppage time.
Referee Darren England ruled that Robinson handled Snodgrass’ shot inside the box. And it was left to Adomah to finally get his name on the scoresheet – confidently converting from 12 yards.
Bruce’s charges duly edged in front just short of the hour mark.
A well-worked passing move ended with Hourihane feeding Adomah on the left-hand edge of the area, who subsequently shot home via the inside of the far post.
Admittedly, that second Villa goal had been coming.
WHAT THE BOSS SAID
Ian Holloway admitted the decision to take Massimo Luongo off at half-time limited his options.
He told Get West London: “Villa didn’t start Jedinak, did they? They told him not to even come back and just meet them in London.
“But Massimo has been magnificent, part of my midfield three, who basically pick themselves every week because they’ve been doing so well.
“It left with me one decision short to put in another attacking threat on. I had to bring Massimo off with how bad he felt.
“The way we were and the way we were balanced, if we had been 1-0 up at the break I would have put Darnell Furlong on and that would have given me a better balance.
“It would have allowed me to do something else on a more attacking front, but when you’ve got two substitutes left and you go 2-1 down, it isn’t always ideal.
“But I’ll take the performance and I’ll look at the stats, and for me I don’t want us affected if we do try and play out and we give it to someone and they nearly score.
“You have got to keep believing because of the stuff we did was excellent, the way we got it work with wing-backs and we played it down the side when we got it off a man.
“We need to capitalise on the chances we do create and I am sure when I look at the stats back, we’d have had at least as many as them, if not more.”
WHAT THE FANS SAID
Lee Avery: Liked that from Adomah yesterday. Class player and behaviour towards us. Should have signed him when we had the dough.
QPRSteve: We are what we are. A bang average side who came up against a decent attacking side yesterday. We deserved to lose. The pressing and the high intensity evaporated after we took the lead. Which is shame because their defence was there to be run at.
Mark: Not overly disappointed with Yesterday’s result- like when we beat Sheff United- the best team won.
QPRSludger: Sometimes you have to just take it on the chin Villa were better than QPR on the day. They had players up front with that little bit of class that unfortunately costs millions nowadays.
Daniel Hoffmann-Gill: The referee will be looking forward to receiving his pay cheque from Aston Villa in due course.
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Source : BirminghamMail