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Loftus Road Stadium (ATT 17,387) 1st December 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: H Webb

QPR Queens Park Rangers vs Aston Villa A Villa

QPR 1

J Mackie (18)

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B Holman (8)

Harry Redknapp's first home game as QPR manager ends in stalemate against Aston Villa

Last Updated: 01/12/12 10:08pm

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Harry Redknapp's first home game as QPR manager ended in stalemate as Aston Villa held them to a 1-1 draw at Loftus Road.

Best of the match:

  • Man of the match: Shaun Wright-Phillips was a real live wire for the Hoops all afternoon and could have ended up being the matchwinner if he could only have take his chance when he was left one-on-one with Brad Guzan.
  • Goal of the match: QPR's equaliser was splendid as Jose Bosingwa and Samba Diakite combined to find Jamie Mackie in the box and his deft header landed in the far corner.
  • Moment of the match: Harry Redknapp was greeted by a mass of noise as he made a grand entrance from the tunnel at Loftus Road.
  • Save of the match: Guzan did well to deny Wright-Phillips and he was equally impressive after tipping Clint Hill's header onto the crossbar late on.
  • Stats of the match: Redknapp is now unbeaten in his last 13 games against Aston Villa as a coach in the Premier League (W6 D7 L0) and he has also never lost a Premier League home debut as a manager.
  • Talking point: Can Redknapp weave his magic and save QPR from relegation? Darren Bent was left on the bench by Paul Lambert, does this mean the end for the striker?

Villa took the lead against the run of play thanks to Brett Holman's piledriver, but Jamie Mackie restored parity with a deft header to rescue a point.

The result means Rangers equalled an unwanted Premier League record of 15 winless games at the start of the new season - an abysmal start that is only matched by the Swindon side of 1993/94.

The Rs boss had never previously lost a Premier League home debut as a manager, but that record looked under serious threat despite dominating early possession.

They were hit with a real sucker punch after eight minutes as Holman scored a first goal for Villa.

The Australian collected Ashley Westwood's pass on the edge of the area before unleashing a left-foot stunner past Robert Green, despite the goalkeeper's best efforts.

However, the Hoops hit back 10 minutes later as Mackie hit the target with a deft header into the far corner after excellent build-up play by Jose Bosingwa and Samba Diakite.

Shaun Wright-Phillips was unlucky not to give the hosts the lead soon after as his right-foot shot struck the base of the post with Brad Guzan beaten.

There were concerns late on in the half when Stephane Mbia was stretchered off after colliding with Gabby Agbonlahor in the middle of the park and the Cameroonian went to hospital for a precautionary check-up.

Clint Hill hit the crossbar with an 80th-minute header from an Adel Taarabt corner, but that was as close as they came in the second period as Paul Lambert's side defended resolutely and held on for a share of the spoils.

QPR are now seven points adrift of the safety line while Villa climbed above Sunderland into 16th position, albeit having played two games more.


Queens Park RangersTeam StatisticsAston Villa
1Goals1
11st Half Goals1
8Shots on Target2
4Shots off Target4
5Blocked Shots1
11Corners4
5Fouls6
9Offsides4
1Yellow Cards2
0Red Cards0
83Passing Success79
20Tackles21
75Tackles Success66.7
54.7Possession45.3
56Territorial Advantage44
446Total Passes385
33Total Crosses13
181Lost Balls163
57Recoveries29
561st Half Poss.44
51.52nd Half Poss.48.5

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Chelsea 5 13
2 Southampton 5 10
3 Aston Villa 5 10
4 Arsenal 5 9
5 Swansea City 5 9
6 Manchester City 5 8
7 Leicester City 5 8
8 West Ham United 5 7
9 Tottenham Hotspur 5 7
10 Hull City 5 6
11 Liverpool 5 6
12 Manchester United 5 5
13 Stoke City 5 5
14 Everton 5 5
15 Crystal Palace 5 5
16 West Bromwich Albion 5 5
17 Sunderland 5 4
18 Queens Park Rangers 5 4
19 Burnley 5 3
20 Newcastle United 5 3

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