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16 March 2013
• Villa Park, Birmingham
Referee: K. Friend
• Attendance: 38594
G. Agbonlahor 45'+
A. Weimann 59'
C. Benteke 81'
Queens Park Rangers
J. Jenas 23'
A. Townsend 73'
Full time and Villa take all three points with a 3-2 win. QPR look pretty doomed, rooted to the foot of the table and surely favorites for relegation. Harry Redknapp will be sorely disappointed to take nothing away from a game in which his side had plenty of chances. Rangers could have been two or three up at half-time but instead conceded an equaliser before letting Villa assert themselves in the second period.
90' + 5'
Well there was time for one last chance for Rangers but it flies wide.
90' + 5'
And that's probably that for QPR. This is going to be a massive result for Paul Lambert and Aston Villa.
90' + 4'
Vlaar wins the header against Samba as QPR keep launching the ball into the area with little success. Every outfield player for Rangers is in the Villa box.
90' + 2'
Two of the five minutes gone. QPR struggling to create any meaningful chances even with the predatory instincts of Chris Samba up top.
90' + 1'
Neutrals will be sad to see this game end. Paul Lambert will be over the moon. Tense times for Villa.
Five minutes added on here at Villa Park. Plenty of time for an equaliser from Rangers.
Samba now basically up front for QPR. Leaves Clint Hill and Jose Bosingwa as the only defenders for the visitors. Surely someone has to get another goal here?
Yellow Card Junior Hoilett
Junior Hoilett goes into the book for a typical forward's challenge. Two minutes of normal time remaining.
Desperate times for QPR. Jamie Mackie is finally on for Park Ji-Sung and the visitors have a free kick on the halfway line.
Whatever happens to Rangers hopefully the return to the Premier League of Chris Samba will remind a few better teams just how good he is. Could do excellently at a side nearer the top of the table.
Jordan Nathaniel Bowery
That goal leaves QPR on the brink. A defeat will keep them rooted to the foot of the table, seven points behind Villa and almost Championship bound.
Weimann made it to the byline, beat the on-rushing Cesar and cut it back to Benteke who was on hand to steer the ball into an empty net.
Assist Andreas Weimann
Goal Christian Benteke
GOAL! Benteke adds another dramatic twist to this epic battle at the bottom.
Jamie Mackie is being prepared by QPR. Redknapp knows he needs all three points here.
Taarabt so far winning the battle of the two 'mercurial' subs with Charles N'Zogbia struggling to make an impact. QPR's Moroccan star looks incredibly dangerous here. Villa need to keep a closer eye on him.
Taarabt has really added something to QPR. He has changed the game here in a clash which could still go either way. Redknapp has reshuffled his defence following that goal but can Rangers avoid conceding again?
Jenas and Townsend have both now scored in consecutive games. Can Loic Remy get on the score sheet and complete the hat-trick?
Assist Ji-Sung Park
Goal Andros Townsend
GOAL! Townsend finishes off a lovely move from QPR from just outside the box.
Home crowd are in good voice here as they urge their team onwards. Lambert still has the fans on his side it seems and a win here could see the Villains level on points with Sunderland who are 15th.
Now Taarabt releases Remy with a lovely pass. The Frenchman's cross is headed clear though.
Taarabt already making a nuisance of himself. Breaks into the Villa box but can't force the ball into a dangerous area. Goal kick Villa.
It's another corner for Villa. QPR currently playing with three at the back, Clint Hill on the left, Samba in the middle and Bosingwa on the right. Can Villa expose Hill's lack of pace down the left?
Fabio Da Silva
Fabio is the man sacrificed for Taarabt. Attacking change from Redknapp who knows that his side need goals here. Now or never for Rangers.
Adel Taarabt is ready to come on for Rangers who really need a little inspiration to get back into this one. No intensity from QPR this half.
Cesar should really have done much better with the goal. Weimann's low shot crept past the Brazilian who has been slightly culpable for both goals.
So for the second week in succession Villa have turned a 1-0 deficit into a a 2-1 advantage. Can they hold on for the win and give Paul Lambert his first back-to-back league wins as Villa boss?
Assist Joseph Bennett
Goal Andreas Weimann
GOAL! Andreas Weimann turns excellently inside the QPR box and shoots past Cesar after Rangers fail to clear a corner.
Dangerous moment for the QPR defence. Benteke gets into the box but is stopped by a great challenge from Clint Hill. The ball breaks to Villa but Weimann can't turn in the resulting cross.
Lambert's side have still only manged one shot on target to QPR's seven however.
Benteke volleys over the QPR crossbar after a spot of head tennis in the box. Villa looking bright.
Julio Cesar comes to claim a Villa corner. Demonstrating perhaps what he should have done with Lowton's ball for Agbonlahor's equaliser.
Something of a lull here at Villa Park following the restart. Neither side managing to stamp their authority on the second-half so far. A lot of nerves on show from two teams who know defeat today will be disastrous for their survival hopes.
Poor defending from Fabio allows Andreas Weimann to sneak in down the right-hand-side. His cut back in eventually cleared by Rangers.
Junior Hoilett has come on for the second-half, replacing Bobby Zamora who is still struggling with injury.
The teams are back out for the second-half. All of QPR's win this season have come from games they were drawing at half-time, can they do the same here?
Ashley Westwood completed every one of his 56 passes in that first half. Impressive stuff from the youngster, but Villa will still need to show a little more endeavor if they are to really trouble Rangers in the second-half .
Well where did that come from? Agbonlahor has scored Villa a precious equaliser to take them into the break on terms with QPR. Just seconds before Bosingwa had struck the Villa post with a free kick as QPR really applied the pressure. Redknapp will be furious to not be ahead at half-time.
45' + 3'
Assist Matthew Lowton
45' + 3'
Goal Gabriel Agbonlahor
GOAL! Gabby Agbonlahor scores a priceless goal for Villa against the run of play. The forward heads the ball past a stationary Cesar in the QPR goal and Villa should get to half-time all square.
45' + 1'
Yellow Card Andreas Weimann
45' + 1'
As we approach the end of the second half a free kick from Jose Bosingwa strikes the Villa post before rebounding behind off Ron Vlaar for a corner. Villa living dangerously.
QPR win yet another free kick near the half-way line. The ball is once again launched towards Samba but the big defender's knock down fails to break for one of his team-mates.
Villa yet to trouble Julio Cesar in the away goal. Paul Lambert will be looking for much more incisiveness from his side in the second half if they are to get back into this game.
Yellow Card Barry Bannan
M'Bia is fouled by Barry Bannan in midfield and the Villa man picks up a yellow card. The free kick is once again launched up towards Samba, but Guzan saves comfortably.
Villa again lose the ball cheaply in midfield. QPR eventually get the shot off through Park Ji-Sung but it dribbles wide and a goal kick is signaled.
Another great save from Brad Guzan there. Villa fail to close down Loic Remy and the Frenchman opts to shoot from distance. Guzan keeping Villa in this one.
Rangers attack down the left with Fabio. The full-back goes past Lowton and his cross is cleared by Villa.
Yacouba Sylla was yellow carded for pulling back Townsend in the build up to that QPR chance. The Villa man will have to be careful from now on.
But Bobby Zamora can't find the target with the resulting set piece. Wasted opportunity there.
Another good chance for QPR. Andros Townsend dashes through the Villa defence but is caught on the edge of the area. Kevin Friend plays advantage but, when the resulting chance comes to nothing, pulls it back for a QPR free kick just outside the box.
Yellow Card Yacouba Sylla
The goal for Jenas was his second in two games for QPR. Another inspired piece of wheeling and dealing from Harry Redknapp?
Villa pushing for an equaliser here with Benteke in particular looking dangerous. Yet to fashion a clear-cut chance though.
The goal came after Joe Bennett gave the ball away in the middle of the park. Bobby Zamora was then allowed a free run onto the pass from Jenas who slid in to follow up after Zamora's shot was saved.
And that is a massive goal for Rangers. Can they hold on for all three points?
Goal Jermaine Jenas
GOAL! Jermiane Jenas finishes into an empty net after Guzan blocks Zamora's initial shot.
Joe Bennett is on in place of Baker and Villa will be glad to get back to 11 men with Rangers looking dangerous.
But the Villa defender still looks in some discomfort and Baker is about to be substituted by Paul Lambert. QPR have the extra man on the field for now though as they press for the opener.
Nathan Baker returns to the field after a clash with Samba leaves him slightly dazed.
Benteke wins the corner for Villa down the left-hand-side and Barry Bannan's set piece is headed away by QPR.
Yellow Card Stéphane M'Bia
And another great stop from the Villa keeper. The resulting corner falls to Samba but Guzan is equal to his goal-bound effort.
Stunning stop from Brad Guzan. Chris Samba gets up well and the American has to be on top of his game to tip it wide.
Sylla gives away a free kick on the halfway line for a late tackle on Park Ji-Sung. Second offense already for the Villa man.
Claims from Villa that Julio Cesar picked up a back pass. Waved away by the referee.
Aston Villa seeing more of the ball in these opening stages with Agbonlahor causing problems down the left-hand-side.
QPR looking to pack the midfield area from the off, stifling Villa and denying their opponents any space.
And with that we're underway at Villa Park.
A Villa win meanwhile would send Paul Lambert's side seven points ahead of their rivals.
QPR earned back to back wins against Southampton and Sunderland in their last two Premier League games. Can they continue their run against this young Villa side?
Villa, meanwhile, are still missing Darren Bent (ankle) but will be buoyed by last week's win against fellow relegation candidates Reading.
Julio Cesar is back in goal for Rangers after recovering from a hip injury while Robert Green drops to the bench. Loic Remy and Bobby Zamora continue up front together for Harry Redknapp's side.
QPR: Cesar; Samba, Hill, Bosingwa, Fabio; Park Ji-Sung, Jenas, Townsend, M'Bia; Remy, Zamora. Sub: Murphy, Onuoha, Taarabt, Wirght Phillips, Granero, Hoilett, Mackie.
Aston Villa: Guzan; Vlaar, Clark, Baker, Lowton, Westwood; Sylla, Bannan; Agbonlahor, Benteke, Wiemann. Subs: Given, Bennet, N'Zogbia, Dawkins, Carruthers, Holman, Bowery
Team news is here and this is how they'll be lining up, starting with Villa.
I'm Jack Johnson (@jack_johnson__) and I'll be taking you through the action from Villa Park where both sides are desperate for another three points towards their respective survival bids.
Afternoon and welcome to live commentary of Aston Villa's clash with QPR for Goal.com
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