Wednesday February 1, 2012 Day 23 Finished Villa Park

Aston Villa 2 - 2 Queens Park Rangers

  • Bent 45’
  • N'Zogbia 79’
  • Cissé 12’
  • Warnock 29’ (o.g.)

No comments yet | Write your comment

  1. Villa fight back for draw with QPR

    Villa fight back for draw with QPR

    Djibril Cisse scored on his QPR debut, but Aston Villa came from two goals down to claim a 2-2 Premier League draw at Villa Park. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Aston Villa
    • Queens Park Rangers
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with every Premier League game, from 00:01 on Thursday morning (UK only).
    • 90+4' That's it! Entertaining game at Villa Park and the spoils are shared. Thanks for joining us tonight - follow me on Twitter @liamhappe for post-match discussion on a very enjoyable draw this evening.
    • 90+3' Fulham lead through Dempsey against West Brom. Warnock long balls into the QPR box but it's cleared.
    • 90+2' N'Zogbia lets rip again, but Onuoha blocks with his head! Ouch!
    • 90+1' Sunderland are now three up.
    • 90' Four minutes of stoppage time to be played.
    • 89' QPR have another corner, which Given catches.
    • 88' 14 shots on target now for Villa to QPR's 3. Game still level though.
    • 87' Once again nothing from the set piece. Will we get a late winner?
    • 86' Bent tees up N'Zogbia, whose shot is pushed around the post by Kenny for another corner.
    • 85' Another Villa corner, but despite being headed back across goal it's safely with Kenny.
    • 83' Corner comes in... BENT! Cleared off the line! Keane on the rebound at the far post! Hits that very upright! He claims Smith handballed it as the ball came back... but once again, Swarbrick is not convinced!
    • 82' Barton fouls Hutton out by the corner flag, which doesn't sit well with the controversial midfielder. Petrov and Bannan are whispering some sort of set play idea to each other, and the Bulgaian sprints into the box before Bannan plays it short to Bent, who hesitates too much once more. He eventually shoots off-target. But it took a deflection.
    • 81' Cisse lasted 80 minutes, but now he's coming off with Federico Macheda on. That's all of Mark Hughes' available subs.
    • 80' Villa are still going in search of a REAL comeback but N'Zogbia's cross-field pass to Warnock is just too heavy for the left-back to keep on. Throw-in coming up.
    • 79' Hutton down the right to Petrov, and what a cross from the right! Plenty of hang-time on the floated delivery to the far post... but with good reason as N'Zogbia hammers home on the volley! The comeback is complete!
    • 78' Bannan goes for a piledriver, but it cannons off the wall.
    • 77' Another interesting free-kick for Villa, a yard or so left of centre and just over 25 yards out.
    • 76' Villa have had 18 shots to QPR's four, though three of those for Rangers were on target (Villa have eight)
    • 75' Bent is caught offside once more on Ireland's through ball.
    • 74' Hogan Ephraim replaces Derry in the visitors' second switch.
    • 73' Great run by Warnock and the driven centre is of equal calibre - but it somehow misses the foot of Keane! Lands with Bent who should surely convert... but he hesitates too much. Flag was up, anyway.
    • 72' Barton fouls Keane inside the QPR half.
    • 71' The hosts make a change: Clark makes way for Barry Bannan.
    • 70' N'Zogbia weaves his magic on the left again and a good cross flashes across goal! Back in from Hutton who onces again picks out Bent! The scuffed shot bounces agonisingly wide!
    • 68' Corner is half-cleared into the path of Wright-Phillips, who beats his man on the right-hand side of the box and flashes in a fierce low cross which Mackie somehow misses! He should have converted that from two yards out!
    • 67' Smith finds space on the left thanks to Taiwo's pass, and wins QPR a corner, their first since the early stages.
    • 65' Ireland fires over the bar once more.
    • 64' Cisse looks winded. He may be coming off soon, but he's made a good impression in limited time so far.
    • 63' N'Zogbia gets the better of Young and moves into the box from the left, only for Onuoha to come in with a slide challenge at the expense of a corner. Which is put behind for another corner. Which is cleared by Taiwo.
    • 62' Through pass out to Mackie on the right triggers the offside flag.
    • 61' Only one further goal to report elsewhere, as Sunderland doubled their lead over Norwich before half-time through Sessegnon.
    • 60' This one fails to get further than the near post and Rangers counter, but are held back enough to have to settle for Taiwo's cross-cum-shot to be stopped by Given his own nearest upright.
    • 59' Villa continue to turn the screw and win their fourth corner.
    • 58' Keane! Saved by Kenny! Great slide in by Ferdinand stops Bent doubling his tally with an easy tap-in on the rebound!
    • 57' Hutton's cross is hoofed away. QPR are weathering a fair bit at the moment and need to defend their lead a little more on the front foot.
    • 55' MORE shouts of handball from the home fans as Taiwo comes inside to cut out an attack. This one doesn't have much to it. The fans may well shout handball for every sniff of it now.
    • 54' QPR make a well-timed tactical change with Hulse making way for Tommy Smith. That this is the first time I've mentioned Hulse here tonight should tell you all you need to know.
    • 53' Another free-kick for Villa in a similar position, but this one will be struck at goal by Petrov.. and Kenny just about clings onto it!
    • 52' On the break, Cisse is furious he isn't given a free-kick as he attempts to hold up play. He too had a case there.
    • 51' Petrov! Kenny saves! Warnock keeps it alive and another shot at goal appears to strike Derry's arm... still no decision for Villa!
    • 50' The delivery into the danger zone sparks a bit of a scramble, but despite more pleas for handball, QPR get through it this time.
    • 49' Young cynically barges N'Zogbia off the ball as the Frenchman looks set to beat the former England man. It's the game's first yellow card and a dangerous free-kick coming up...
    • 48' N'Zogbia goes diagonal to set up Clark inside the box, but Derry is back to dispossess him before he can go for goal.
    • 47' The home side look to keep their momentum towards the end of the first 45 at full steam and win an early corner, taken short to N'Zogbia before his cross is cleared from danger.
    • 46' Villa get the second half underway.
    • 45+2' Half-time. Three goals so far, all with a headline-worthy story behind them. Will there be more in the second period?
    • 45+1' Bent's fourth consecutive game on the scoresheet, and his 100th Premier League goal. One minute of added time to be played.
    • 45' Ireland short to Keane, out to Hutton on the right and his low cross finds Bent! Simple finish and Villa have a lifeline!
    • 43' Sustained Villa pressure is squandered by Ireland's shot from distance, which lands somewhere in the nosebleed seats.
    • 42' Several Villa players dispute a free-kick given QPR's way when Mackie goes to ground somewhat easily. It's actually their first decision of the game to Villa's eight.
    • 41' Bent heads a Hutton cross off-target.
    • 40' Error by Ferdinand hands the ball to Keane inside his own final third, but the Irishman is unable to pick out strike partner Bent.
    • 39' Other scores in the Prem so far: Newcastle lead through a Dann own goal at Blackburn; Sunderland one up at home to Norwich courtesy of Campbell; Bolton/Arsenal and Fulham/WBA both goalless. All four of those games kicked off at 8pm.
    • 38' It's Mackie who is accused, the ball struck his hand it appears as N'Zogbia picked out Warnock's overlap on the left.
    • 37' Massive shouts for handball inside the QPR box as Villa attack again. Swarbrick shakes his head.
    • 36' Replays tell me it was Dunne's shot all the way. Still, good work by Kenny once again.
    • 35' KEANE! Crossbar! Villa are finally taking this game seriously!
    • 34' Delivery comes in and Dunne gets his head to it... reflex save by Kenny! Did Clark get the final touch? Not sure but if so it makes the save an even more impressive point-blank stop.
    • 33' More pressure from Villa wins them a second corner. In a matter of minutes they've turned the corner count on its head. Can they do the same with the score?
    • 32' The home side's first corner of the game is dealt with, but here they come on the attack once more and Keane shoots from an angle on the right! Parried by Kenny!
    • 31' Great cross-field pass from Clark to Keane, who finds himself in a dead end and will settle for winning a corner off Ferdinand.
    • 30' The home fans, as you'd expect, are now hot on their side's case any time they are so much as successfully competing a pass that doesn't move the ball forward.
    • 29' You can imagine the reaction of the left-back. He is horrified. But that was a ridiculous decision to head it back across his own goal in that situation.
    • 28' Some neat patient passing from the away side before Barton and Wright-Phillips step up the tempo and move forward. Here's Taiwo and he'll cross from deep... Warnock should head it clear but instead finds his own bottom corner! Nightmare for Villa, they're two down!
    • 26' Mackie goes in late to a 50/50 on Warnock and Villa will get the decision their way.
    • 25' Ireland is almost put through in the box, but Kenny is there first and has the ball after an initial spill.
    • 24' Petrov's cross meets Cuellar, but the header loops up and Kenny makes the catch as it lands just before his crossbar.
    • 23' N'Zogbia is felled by Young on the left and the home side will have a potentially useful free-kick here.
    • 22' Villa's most fluid passing move of the game so far ends when Ireland's final ball attempt is overhit and goes to a striped shirt.
    • 21' The hosts finally launch another attack of their own, but Warnock's floated cross from the left lands safely with Kenny.
    • 20' Given races out from his station to clear another inquisitive Rs ball forward.
    • 19' This is fast becoming the Djibril show: he shakes off two defenders and saunters down the right, almost picking out Wright-Phillips inside the box only for the centre to be a little too high for the diminutive winger!
    • 18' Cisse has now netted on his debut for three Premier League clubs - Liverpool, Sunderland and QPR.
    • 17' Two Cisse crosses in succession from the right are dealt with by the Villa defence.
    • 16' Kenny saves comfortably again, this time catching a more cultured effort from Clark.
    • 15' QPR counter through Wright-Phillips and Barton, with the latter's cross meeting Cisse at the far post and his spectacular leaping strike needs saving by Given to deny him a second.
    • 14' Bent looks for a quick leveller, but shoots low and straight at Kenny.
    • 13' 11 minutes and three seconds into his QPR career, Cisse is paying dividends.
    • 12' Wright-Phillips controls a long ball with some style on the edge of the 'D', but the shot is scuffed and falls into the path of CISSE! Great first-time effort into the far top corner, and what a debut this is becoming!
    • 10' N'Zogbia's deep cross from the left is volleyed away from danger by Onuoha.
    • 9' Another offside at the other end with Bent caught out receiving Warnock's through pass.
    • 8' Mackie is marginally offside latching onto Cisse's headed flick-on, and the flag goes up. Hutton is saved by the whistle as he comes in rough on the forward after play was stopped.
    • 7' Barton's delivery is poor, however, and fails to get beyond the first man.
    • 6' A long punt forward from the Rs ends with the first corner of the game as Hutton takes no chances dealing with a hopeful Cisse cross.
    • 5' Hutton tries to create again from that wing, but Wright-Phillips is back to cut it out.
    • 4' Hutton has space on the right for a good low driven cross which almost meets the outstretched leg of Bent! First real action of the game and a close call for Villa!
    • 3' Now new boy Cisse gets in on the act in a scrappy first few minutes with a foul on Dunne.
    • 2' We start with a very early foul in the centre circle: Barton catching Petrov on this occasion.
    • 1' Tonight's referee Neil Swarbrick gets the game underway, with the visitors kicking off the first half.
    • 19:40 Villa have lost just one of their last five Premier League matches (W2 D2 L1), but have won none of the last five at home (W0 D1 L4). Meanwhile, QPR have taken just one point from the last 15 available away from home in the Premier League.
    • 19:35 There has never been an away win the nine Premier League meetings between Villa and QPR with seven wins for the home side and two draws.
    • 19:30 QPR manager Mark Hughes: "This is an important period and possibly that's why I'm here. Obviously the club had this run of fixtures and felt it was necessary to make a change, to hopefully instigate a run of form that will enable us to pick up points. The Premier League is a big, strong, fast and powerful league and we need to be able to match those characteristics."
    • 19:25 Villa boss Alex McLeish: "We are looking for big things from Charles N'Zogbia for this season and beyond. In the Chelsea game he was tremendous; running at their back four and for Stephen Ireland's equaliser and in general he played a good team game as well as his attacking skills. He's aware the Villa fans are looking for 9/10 and 10/10 from the players that make the difference and Charles is one of those."
    • 19:20 So both Villa players highlighted in the last few days, N'Zogbia and Keane, start tonight, as does debutant Cisse for QPR and fellow new recruits at Loftus Road Onuoha and Taiwo.
    • 19:15 TEAMS - Aston Villa: Given, Hutton, Cuellar, Dunne, Warnock, Ireland, Petrov, Clark, N'Zogbia, Keane, Bent. Subs: Guzan, Heskey, Bannan, Weimann, Lichaj, Baker, Gardner. /// QPR: Kenny, Young, Ferdinand, Onuoha, Taiwo, Wright-Phillips, Barton, Derry, Mackie, Hulse, Cisse. Subs: Cerny, Hill, Hall, Smith, Ephraim, Macheda, Balanta.
    • 19:10 The Villains have recruited Robbie Keane on loan to bolster their own attacking options, but manager Alex McLeish insisted in the build-up to tonight's match that he doesn't feel jealous towards Mark Hughes' spending budget in January. Full story
    • 19:05 Of course, the first games after a transfer window deadline day are always intriguing, and tonight Villa Park could see the introduction of the visitors' new strike force of Bobby Zamora and Drjibril Cisse. Former Ranger Iain Dowie offers his insight: Dowie's Deadline Day Verdict
    • 19:00 Good evening and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the Premier League fixture between Aston Villa and Queens Park Rangers!
  • Summary

    • 90+2' N'Zogbia lets rip again, but Onuoha blocks with his head! Ouch!
    • 83' Corner comes in... BENT! Cleared off the line! Keane on the rebound at the far post! Hits that very upright! He claims Smith handballed it as the ball came back... but once again, Swarbrick is not convinced!
    • 79' Hutton down the right to Petrov, and what a cross from the right! Plenty of hang-time on the floated delivery to the far post... but with good reason as N'Zogbia hammers home on the volley! The comeback is complete!
    • 73' Great run by Warnock and the driven centre is of equal calibre - but it somehow misses the foot of Keane! Lands with Bent who should surely convert... but he hesitates too much. Flag was up, anyway.
    • 70' N'Zogbia weaves his magic on the left again and a good cross flashes across goal! Back in from Hutton who onces again picks out Bent! The scuffed shot bounces agonisingly wide!
    • 68' Corner is half-cleared into the path of Wright-Phillips, who beats his man on the right-hand side of the box and flashes in a fierce low cross which Mackie somehow misses! He should have converted that from two yards out!
    • 58' Keane! Saved by Kenny! Great slide in by Ferdinand stops Bent doubling his tally with an easy tap-in on the rebound!
    • 53' Another free-kick for Villa in a similar position, but this one will be struck at goal by Petrov.. and Kenny just about clings onto it!
    • 51' Petrov! Kenny saves! Warnock keeps it alive and another shot at goal appears to strike Derry's arm... still no decision for Villa!
    • 45' Ireland short to Keane, out to Hutton on the right and his low cross finds Bent! Simple finish and Villa have a lifeline!
    • 35' KEANE! Crossbar! Villa are finally taking this game seriously!
    • 34' Delivery comes in and Dunne gets his head to it... reflex save by Kenny! Did Clark get the final touch? Not sure but if so it makes the save an even more impressive point-blank stop.
    • 32' The home side's first corner of the game is dealt with, but here they come on the attack once more and Keane shoots from an angle on the right! Parried by Kenny!
    • 28' Some neat patient passing from the away side before Barton and Wright-Phillips step up the tempo and move forward. Here's Taiwo and he'll cross from deep... Warnock should head it clear but instead finds his own bottom corner! Nightmare for Villa, they're two down!
    • 12' Wright-Phillips controls a long ball with some style on the edge of the 'D', but the shot is scuffed and falls into the path of CISSE! Great first-time effort into the far top corner, and what a debut this is becoming!
    • 4' Hutton has space on the right for a good low driven cross which almost meets the outstretched leg of Bent! First real action of the game and a close call for Villa!
    • 19:15 TEAMS - Aston Villa: Given, Hutton, Cuellar, Dunne, Warnock, Ireland, Petrov, Clark, N'Zogbia, Keane, Bent. Subs: Guzan, Heskey, Bannan, Weimann, Lichaj, Baker, Gardner. /// QPR: Kenny, Young, Ferdinand, Onuoha, Taiwo, Wright-Phillips, Barton, Derry, Mackie, Hulse, Cisse. Subs: Cerny, Hill, Hall, Smith, Ephraim, Macheda, Balanta.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

  • Rate Players

    Rate Players

    Please to rate the players.

    Not already a Yahoo! user ? to get a free Yahoo! Account.

    • Player Y! Users Expert My Rating
      Goalkeeper
      - -
      Defenders
      - -
      - -
      - -
      Own Goal - -
      Midfielders
      - -
      Substitution Out70′ - -
      - -
      - -
      Goal - -
      Strikers
      Goal - -
      Subs
      Substitution In70′ - -
    • Player Y! Users Expert My Rating
      Goalkeeper
      - -
      Defenders
      Yellow Card - -
      - -
      - -
      - -
      Midfielders
      Substitution Out73′ - -
      - -
      - -
      - -
      Strikers
      Goal Substitution Out81′ - -
      Substitution Out54′ - -
      Subs
      Substitution In73′ - -
      Substitution In81′ - -
      Substitution In54′ - -

Not already a Yahoo! user ? to get a free Yahoo! Account