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3 vs 2
QPR
QPR
Played
March 16, 2013 8:30 PM IST
Villa Park — Birmingham
Referee:‬ K. Friend‎
Attendance:‬ 38594‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Aston Villa 3-2 QPR

Adel Taraabt was the classiest player on the pitch after his introduction but it was the home side who ground out a vital victory thanks to a late strike from Christian Benteke

By Sam Lee at Villa Park

  • Bradley Guzan
    12
    0
    4.00

    Bradley Guzan

    Two world-class saves from Samba early on, and another from Remy later in the half. Kept Villa in it during the first half, which obviously proved vital.

  • Ron Vlaar
    4
    0
    2.50

    Ron Vlaar

    Tasked with marking Samba at set-pieces but could do little to stop the mammoth QPR man, who was a constant goal threat. Did well to halt Taarabt on one menacing occasion.

  • Ciaran Clark
    5
    0
    2.50

    Ciaran Clark

    Did not do too much in the first half bar a couple of clearances and headers, and was a spectator after the break as the hosts dominated.

  • Nathan Baker
    3
    0
    2.50

    Nathan Baker

    Clashed heads with Samba early on and had to be replaced.

  • Matthew Lowton
    4
    0
    2.50

    Matthew Lowton

    Great ball in from the right for the equaliser, but missed a sitter with Villa 2-1 up. Not particularly convincing in his defensive duties, particularly against Hoilett.

  • Ashley Westwood
    3
    0
    2.50

    Ashley Westwood

    Rarely gave the ball away but had little impact in the first half, as is often the case. Grew into the match after the break and started spraying around some fine passes.

  • Yacouba Sylla
    4
    1
    1.50

    Yacouba Sylla

    Struggled to get hold of the ball in the first half as Villa clung on in the face of QPR's dominance. Replaced by N'Zogbia at the break.

  • Barry Bannan
    3
    0
    2.50

    Barry Bannan

    Did little before the break as Villa toiled but played his part in their fightback with some tidy work on the ball. Booked for dragging back Mbia.

  • Gabriel Agbonlahor
    6
    0
    3.50

    Gabriel Agbonlahor

    Nodded in the equaliser just before the break after hardly having a kick during the rest of the first half. Back to his usual speedy but ineffective self from then on.

  • C. Benteke
    15
    0
    3.50

    C. Benteke

    Feeding off scraps in the first half, certainly in terms of aerial battles against Samba. Moved onto Hill in the second period and managed to get himself free to score the winner. Glanced a header wide after that.

  • Andreas Weimann
    6
    0
    4.00

    Andreas Weimann

    Scored Villa's second with a fine low strike and provided Benteke's winner. Offered a threat through his driving runs through the middle. Withdrawn to a standing ovation.

Substitutions

  • Joseph Bennett
    2
    0
    2.00

    Joseph Bennett

    Came on early in the piece and soon gave the ball away in the build-up to Jenas' goal.

  • Jordan Nathaniel Bowery
    3
    0

    Jordan Nathaniel Bowery

    Came on for Weimann late on. No impact.

  • Julio César
    0
    4
    2.00

    Julio César

    Could have done a lot better to stop Weimann's goal and was caught out by the same man in the build-up to Benteke's winner.

  • Christopher Samba
    2
    1
    2.50

    Christopher Samba

    Went close to opening the scoring twice early on only to be denied by Guzan. Was always a threat in the Villa box but struggled to keep tabs on Benteke as the striker roamed after the break.

  • Clint Hill
    1
    2
    2.50

    Clint Hill

    Made some clearing headers and tackles for the first hour as Samba stayed with Benteke, but was struggled as the Villa man roamed.

  • José Bosingwa
    0
    2
    2.00

    José Bosingwa

    Struck a post with a free kick just before half-time. Solid enough at the back without ever excelling.

  • Fabio Da Silva
    0
    7
    1.50

    Fabio Da Silva Flop of the Match

    Not the best of games. Looked small against Villa's tall right-hand side and was often bypassed. Replaced by Taraabt as Harry Redknapp went for the win.

  • Ji-Sung Park
    3
    1
    2.50

    Ji-Sung Park

    Always in the thick of the action but was rarely decisive. Did cut the ball back for Townsend to make it 2-2, however. Typically busy display.

  • Jermaine Jenas
    4
    1
    3.00

    Jermaine Jenas

    Got the opening goal but did little otherwise in central midfield.

  • Andros Townsend
    3
    1
    3.50

    Andros Townsend

    Great run and shot nearly led to a goal in first half. Looked dangerous when running and tidy on the ball. Caused Villa problems and got another goal from outside the area.

  • Stéphane M'Bia
    2
    1
    2.50

    Stéphane M'Bia

    Booked for a trip on Weimann but was diligent in his defensive-midfield duties.

  • Loïc Remy
    1
    3
    2.00

    Loïc Remy

    Did a lot of work on the right early on before switching to the left. Drew a good save from Guzan in the first half but did not have his best day in front of goal.

  • B. Zamora
    0
    3
    2.50

    B. Zamora

    His shot led to Jenas' opener but in truth he probably could have got the goal himself. Withdrawn at half-time.

Substitutions

  • Adel Taarabt
    5
    8
    4.00

    Adel Taarabt Top of the Match

    The best player on the pitch when he came on. A constant threat with his passing and dribbling. Carved the home defence open on several occasions but his team-mates could not take advantage.

  • Jamie Mackie
    2
    4

    Jamie Mackie

    Came on but no impact.

  • Junior Hoilett
    2
    2
    2.50

    Junior Hoilett

    Came on at half-time. Did well down the left but was lucky to have not been sent off towards the end for piling up Benteke as he broke away.

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