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QPR And Villa In A Game Of 2 Halves And Another Draw

This was another odd performance from Villa with a complete first half surrender from their midfield and inflicting an attack on the Hoops defence that could be compared to being savaged by a sheep, it was only their defence who could go into face the wrath of Mcleish at half time carrying any footballing dignity.

One bizarre stat that stuck out was that for all QPR's 1st half dominance they failed to make Shay Given make one save whereas Kenny in the QPR goal had to make a stunning save to deny Barry Bannan what would have been a brilliant set piece goal just before half time.
The only other Villa attack of any noteworthy mention was the assault by Stephen Warnock on Joey Barton just before the interval and the Villa full back was lucky not to receive a straight red card for what was an ugly but somewhat mistimed challenge.
QPR's play was a breath of fresh air and on this first half performance I believe they have the talent in their team to avoid returning back to the championship a la the yo-yo club style.
Fresh from receiving the proverbial rocket up an unpleasant place where the sun does not shine Villas' Jeckyl and Hyde characteristics were again evident in the 2nd half as they managed a feat of stringing 4 or more passes together on many occasions with the shock result of them actually looking capable of some penetrative football.
The Villa supporters should shoulder the blame for much of this as they are notorious for booing even the slightest of mistakes. Every time I watch Villa I get the impression of a good side with good players who are frightened of making a mistake for fear of verbal recriminations from the supporters.
The phrase 'class footballers' has been turned into 'glass footballers' by the Villa Park faithful though it has to be said this is more evident in the home games than the away.
Once this mentality becomes engrained though it will follow this team both home and away. On this occasion it would seem prudent to assume that McLeish let rip to such an extent at half time that the players affright was diverted for 45 minutes for fear of being on the receiving end of a Glasgow kiss from 'Big Eck'.
You can take the boy out of Glasgow but you can't take Glasgow out of the boy it would seem, so for now Big Eck has got a bullying job to do to extract the very best out of these glass footballers.
Apart from Villas' defence who played well all game the only other positive was the second half performance of Barry Bannan and one or two clever glimpses of Stephen Ireland with his football brain intact.
I cannot fathom why McLeish brought Bannan off as N'zogbia was again the king of the under performers. I can only assume he survived another substitution as McLeish is trying to keep faith and boost the confidence of a talented individual trying to return to the heady days of the mighty Wigan as per last season.
After Bannan despatched the penalty for a shirt pulling offence on Agbonlahor Villa looked fairly comfortable and were playing out time when Traore (already on a yellow) suffered a rush of blood and clattered into Marc Albrighton leaving the referee with no alternative but to produce a second yellow card giving Traore an early bath.
Neil Warnock will be good for a comment or two this season as he dubbed his newly signed full back 'thick' for the senseless tackle and it appeared that the 3 points were Villas' for the taking.
In fairness to QPR they never gave up and continued to chase the game and in the 93rd minute Hutton was caught out of position for Villa which lead to a cross and an unlucky own goal against Richard Dunne.
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Aston Villa had not won at Loftus Road since 1991 and an unlikely victory was deservedly snatched away in the 93rd minute as QPR equalised with a bizarre own goal from the unlucky Richard Dunne.

Whereas Dunne was unlucky for conceding this own goal the same cannot be said for QPR who definitely deserved something from this game and justice was done in the 93rd minute and it was heartbreak again for Villains everywhere.
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QPR vs Aston Villa Sept 25th 2011

QPR vs Aston Villa Sept 25th 2011 Reviewed by Michael Joseph

In fairness to QPR they never gave up and continued to chase the game and in the 93rd minute Hutton was caught out of position for Villa which lead to a cross and an unlucky own goal against Richard Dunne.

QPR's play was a breath of fresh air and on this first half performance I believe they have the talent in their team to avoid returning back to the championship a la the yo-yo club style. Fresh from receiving the proverbial rocket up an unpleasant place where the sun does not shine Villas' Jeckyl and Hyde characteristics were again evident in the 2nd half as they managed a feat of stringing 4 or more passes together on many occasions with the shock result of them actually looking capable of some penetrative football.

QPR Rating: 3.5
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Aston Villa Rating: 3.0
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QPR Line Up

  • GK Paddy Kenny
  • RB Luke Young
  • LB Armand Traore
  • CH Fitz Hall
  • CH Anton Ferdinand
  • RM Joey Barton
  • LM Shaun Wright-Phillips
  • AM Adel Taarabt
  • CM Shaun Derry
  • CM Alejandro Faurlin
  • CF Jay Bothroyd*
  • Sub DJ Campbell*
  • Sub Brian Murphy
  • Sub Matthew Connolly
  • Sub Bradley Orr
  • Sub Tommy Smith***
  • Sub Akos Buzsaky
  • Sub Heidar Helguson**
    Aston Villa Line Up

  • GK Shay Given
  • RB Alan Hutton
  • LB Stephen Warnock
  • CH Richard Dunne
  • CH James Collins
  • LM Charles N'Zogbia
  • RM Barry Bannan**
  • CM Stylian Petrov*
  • CM Fabian Delph
  • CF Stephen Ireland
  • CF Gabriel Agbonlahor
  • Sub Brad Guzan
  • Sub Shane Lowry
  • Sub Habib Beye
  • Sub Marc Albrighton**
  • Sub Andreas Weimann**
  • Sub Nathan Delfouneso
  • Sub Gary Gardner