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Premier League

  • 1 December 2012
  • • 15:00
  • • Loftus Road Stadium, London
  • Referee: H. Webb
  • • Attendance: 17387

Live Commentary

  • Redknapp and co. may feel as though they should have taken all three points today, but on the bright side the former Spurs boss is now unbeaten in two games. That will be all from me, Tim Poole, today folks. I hope you've enjoyed our LIVE! coverage of QPR against Aston Villa. Full-time: 1-1
  • Paul Lambert is unable to give Aston Villa their first win at Loftus Road in six games, but the Scottish manager will leave London knowing that his side were able to grind out a point despite being outplayed by a side full of attacking flair and youthful creativity.
  • This point takes Villa up to 16th until Sunderland play, while QPR's deficit reduces to three points. But the home side are still rock bottom and Villa are not out of trouble by any stretch of the imagination.
  • It's honours even here as Harry Redknapp's second game in charge for QPR produces his second draw at the club. The hosts are still without a win - that run now extending to 15 games this season.
  • 90' + 4'
    And the final whistle goes as neither side is able to produce that moment of magic needed to take the three points!
  • 90' + 1'
    Rob Green - bizarrely - collects the ball directly from a long throw and looks to launch a quick attack for the home side.
  • 90'
    There will be FOUR minutes of added time. Enough for a late winner? It could prove crucial, whichever way it goes.
  • 89'
    QPR on the ball and looking to attack after El-Ahmadi's effort, which was the closest either side has come to grabbing a late winner.
  • 87'
    As an enthralling game enters its dying embers, both sides look capable of finding a winner, though it would only take a betting man to suggest a draw isn't odds-on at the minute.
  • 86'
    Chance for Villa as Karim El-Ahmadi goes close to grabbing a late winner with a toe-poked volley from just outside the area.
  • 84'
    Another offside for QPR, the hosts cannot find that desperately needed winner!
  • 82'
    QPR's dominance has been underlined by their 16 shots to Villa's 6. But with the scores level, the visitors will certainly be the happier of the two sides as things stand.
  • 80'
    Taarabt and Wright-Phillips are doing their utmost for QPR, here, and making runs left, right and centre. All the west London side need is one more clear-cut chance. A killer ball and clinical finish will do it, though those are not easy to buy.
  • 79'
    Brace yourselves for QPR's 10th corner of the game; won by SWP.
  • 79'
    The Villa midfield are now holding the ball well but not moving forward at all. Has Paul Lambert simply continued Alex McCleish's negativity at Aston Villa?
  • 77'
    QPR win their eighth corner of the match, followed by their ninth, they are keeping the pressure on.
  • 74'
    No sign of a late winner for either side, here. But as we've seen before, both sides are capable of conjuring something out of nothing...
  • 70'
    SubstitutionBrett Holman K. El Ahmadi
    Darren Bent cuts a frustrated figure on the Villa bench as Paul Lambert makes his final substitution, bringing on El Ahmadi. The England striker is far from in the first team picture at the midlands side now, will he be on the move in January?
  • 69'
    SubstitutionSamba Diakité Junior Hoilett
    With all due respect to Diakite, the midfielder's injury may come as a blessing in disguise for QPR as he is replaced by Junior Hoillett (why didn't Harry start him in the first place?)
  • 67'
    SubstitutionBarry Bannan Fabian Delph
    Double substitution for Villa as Lambert sticks on some fresh legs.
  • 67'
    Lambert's policy of promoting youth is clear for all to see here as Delph and Williams - who isn't even on the programme team sheet - come on.
  • 65'
    SubstitutionChris Herd Derrick Williams
  • 65'
    Samba Diakite limps off but it is unclear whether he can still continue or not.
  • 63'
    Yellow Card Matthew Lowton
    Not the best tackle from Matt Lowton as he becomes the third player - and 2nd in a Villa shirt - to receive a booking.
  • 61'
    Yellow Card Shaun Derry
  • 61'
    The home fans are in good voice as the Hoops keep asking questions of the Villa defence. The hosts have dominated the possession stats since the break but still have nothing of note to show for it.
  • 59'
    If you assumed that Harry would be inspirational during his half-time team talk, you probably weren't wrong - QPR have come out firing from all cylinders in this second 45.
  • 58'
    Another chance for QPR, now, as Taarabt plays Park in, who has his shot well stopped by Brad Guzan.
  • 57'
    Bosingwa makes a jinking run down the right hand side and whips a dangerous cross into the box. The ball is cleared eventually but QPR are knocking on the door, here.
  • 54'
    Still all-square here but both sides doing their best to push themselves in front.
  • 51'
    Throw-in deep into Villa's half for QPR now after a rushed clearance under pressure from the Villa backline.
  • 50'
    Benteke tries an audacious bicycle kick for Aston Villa but it travels way over, and, confusingly, a free-kick is given to QPR.
  • 48'
    Yellow Card Nathan Baker
    A reminder that QPR have now used two of their three subs, while the first booking of the game has been produced for a foul on Shaun Wright-Phillips. The ensuing free-kick comes to nothing.
  • 46'
    SubstitutionEsteban Granero Ji-Sung Park
    And we are back in action LIVE! here as QPR kick off the second 45. Ji-Sung Park has replaced Esteban Granero for the home side at half-time. Meanwhile, Stephane Mbia has been taken to hospital for a precautionary scan on his neck.
  • Since then, the home side have edged proceedings but Villa have produced a constant threat as well. This one can go either way from here.
  • Our thoughts must go out to Stephane Mbia though, who was stretchered off after the half-hour mark with a neck injury. We will bring you updates on his condition as soon as we have them.
  • Since then, the home side have edged proceedings but Villa have produced a constant threat as well. This one can go either way from here.
  • Villa took a shock lead and nullified the host's threat for a while as a result but the R's got themselves back into affairs soon and Jamie Mackie delivered the first goal of Harry Redknapp's reign at Loftus Road.
  • There's no single word that can describe that half... it was end-to-end, fast-paced and action-packed. QPR started extremely brightly but were blunted by some resurgence from the away side.
  • And the half-time whistle finally rings out. 1-1 at the break here and who knows what will happen after the break.. it has been one roller-coaster of a ride so far!
  • 45' + 5'
    And another long ball into Wright-Phillips... Meanwhile, Mackie is angry at Taarabt for not releasing the ball to him quick enough. The moral of the story here, though, is that QPR now definitely have the upper-hand (again, but it'll probably change soon).
  • 45' + 2'
    Another contentious offside given against QPR, the linesmen certainly aren't shy of raising their flags. The incident came as a result of yet another cross-field long ball from the home side - Redknapp, we are on to you!
  • 45'
    And indeed we have SEVEN minutes of injury time.
  • 45'
    Another chance for Villa, but Holman blasts over from inside the box - a far cry from his opening goal.
  • 44'
    QPR mainly restricted to playing in their own half here as the visitors place the hosts firmly on the back foot. We are sure to have several minutes of added time so both sides need to be aware of conceding what could be a crucial goal before the break.
  • 42'
    Villa enjoying another brief stint of attacking joy, breaking forward again but being forced to watch Brett Holman's pass drift off for a goal-kick as his target, Christian Benteke, was in an offside position.
  • 40'
    Chance for Villa! In a passage of play where QPR appeared to be stringing several good passes together, the visitors regained possession and broke with pace. Agbonlahor found himself on the edge of the box, turned inside and swerved a right footed shot to Rob Green's left. The keeper got a hand to it but was made to work for the save.
  • 39'
    SubstitutionStéphane M'Bia Shaun Derry
    Shaun Derry looks set to replace the Cameroonian international as he is now stretchered off. I'm sure the whole stadium and anyone watching send their hopes and thoughts out to him.
  • 39'
    The action resumes after a six minute delay.
  • 36'
    A significant delay here as Mbia is prepared to be taken off the field with concerns about his neck. Best wishes to him, it looks worrying.
  • 34'
    Player down for QPR as Mbia clashes with Agbonlahor off the ball. Appears to be no malice in it but Mbia may have to be stretchered off here.
  • 32'
    ANOTHER CHANCE!! Wright-Phillips is causing Villa all sorts of problems! He rattles the post with a fine shot, QPR very unlucky not to have the lead.
  • 31'
    QPR win a corner; it is all Rangers now. It appears the story of the match had a brief period of Villa pressure scripted - but the hosts have been the stronger team either side of it.
  • 29'
    CHANCE!! Wright-Phillips and Taarabt come close within seconds of each other, but it was SWP's chance that was the closest. After a great through ball over the top, the pacy front man went one on one with Brad Guzan but fired his shot straight at him.
  • 28'
    Howard Webb motions for the players to calm down. Interestingly, with him in charge, QPR have only won once since their return to the top flight.
  • 27'
    SWP breaks through for QPR but is ruled offside as Diakite's pass is delayed just a moment too long.
  • 26'
    Will either manager be happy with what they've seen so far? Will they be contemplating changes? And who will be the happier if the scoreline stays the same?
  • 25'
    Now the game's early pace has definitely slowed. But we all know it just takes one moment of magic to change proceedings.
  • 22'
    So it's level terms here and both sides are now fighting for possession as equals. QPR constantly looked a step behind before their equalizer but Jamie Mackie's fine header has delivered some fresh impetus for Harry Redknapp's men.
  • 20'
    And now Benteke scores to put Villa back into the lead... but it's ruled offside! A sigh of relief from Redknapp no doubt.
  • 19'
    Bosingwa played the ball into Samba Diakite and the midfielder launched a cross right onto Mackie's head. Mackie did not fail to deliver, sensational header.
  • 18'
    Assist Samba Diakité
  • 18'
    Goal Jamie Mackie
    GOAL! And that's what QPR can do!!! Jamie Mackie rifles a fine header into the top right corner of the VIlla goal. Guzan had no chance!!
  • 16'
    What can QPR do? What can Harry do? He's changed personnel and no doubt worked with the side on the training ground. But it's a case of same old for the R's as the visiting side look under no real pressure.
  • 15'
    The game's early frantic pace has settled slightly as Lichaj unleashes a shot from range, looking to emulate his teammate's strike from earlier. However, as defenders do... it has gone straight into Row Z.
  • 13'
    QPR win a corner but have looked shell-shocked since they were hit by Holman's early strike.
  • 11'
    Villa continue to pressure here as though they are the ones that need an equalizer. Benteke and Agbonlahor have terrorised the QPR back-line and it now looks to be all Villa at the moment.
  • 8'
    Assist Ashley Westwood
    Brett Holman with a fantastic strike for the visiting Villains there. A contender for Goal of the Month (certainly as it's only the 1st of December!). Great control, struck the ball purely from around 20 yards out, Rob Green got a hand to it but could not keep it out. Fine goal.
  • 8'
    Goal Brett Holman
    And it's a GOAL for Villa! Holman sends the visitors into the lead against the run of play! Redknapp will be gutted that his side have dominated the opening 8 or so minutes and now find themselves a goal down.
  • 7'
    QPR are piling the pressure on the visitors but Villa are withstanding what the West Londoners have to offer. Matt Lowton is down injured, however, dampening what has been a terrific start to affairs so far.
  • 4'
    A corner for the hosts. This has been a fine, attacking start from QPR! Classic 'Arry.
  • 3'
    Taarabt now with a cross into the box which Shaun Wright-Phillips can't get to.
  • 3'
    Villa do their best to come right back at the home side - it appears we are in for an open game as both sides want the points.
  • 2'
    A chance for QPR early on! Bosingwa surges down the right hand side and flashes an in-swinging cross from right to left. No one gets onto the end of it but early signs of danger from QPR already.
  • 1'
    It's Villa who kick us off. And they've started with a 3-5-2 formation.
  • A minute's applause breaks out in honour of the late Dave Sexton, former QPR manager.
  • The big but not original news before kick off is that Villa boss Lambert has yet again denied rumours of a bust-up between him and star striker Darren Bent. Bent has made the bench today but not the starting line-up; will he come on? Or will Villa have enough about them to see the home side off without him?
  • In what can only really be described as a star-studded substitutes bench, QPR have lined up with Derry, Ferdinand, Park, Cisse, Fabio, Hoilett and Murphy. The Villa bench for you: Given, El Ahmadi, Weimann, Bent, WIlliams, Ireland, Delph. Not too shabby either.
  • For the visitors, Paul Lambert has selected Brad Guzan between the sticks and Lowton, Clark, Baker and Lichaj at the back. Gabby Agbonlahor, Westwood, Herd, Holman and Bannan form the midfield, while Christian Benteke retains his place up front.
  • QPR's starting XI for you all, then: Green starts in goal, Bosingwa, Hill, Nelsen and Traore form tha back four. Shaun Wright-Phillips starts in midfield with Diakite, Granero, Mbia and Taarabt, while Mackie starts up front.
  • Villa have also not won at Loftus Road in their last five attempts, while, lest we all forget, Redknapp's first game in charge against Sunderland provided a miraculous clean sheet for Rangers.
  • Aston Villa, however, may present a challenge the west London side may just relish: in 17th place with just 13 points, Villa have one just three times this season and only once on their travels.
  • This will be Harry Redknapp's second game in charge at Rangers, and his first at Loftus Road. The hosts have not won in 14 attempts this season, leaving them bottom and four points behind nearest rivals Southampton.
  • Good afternoon, folks and welcome to's LIVE! play-by-play commentary of QPR against Aston Villa. I'm Tim Poole and I'll be bringing you your live text today... will Harry Redknapp provide the spark all QPR fans are waiting for? Let's find out.