Half-time: QPR 1 Aston Villa 0

Charlie Austin’s 17th-minute strike – his third Premier League goal – put QPR ahead at Loftus Road.

Austin fired home on the half-volley from near the edge of the box after Bobby Zamora had laid the ball into his path.

The opener came after Rangers keeper Rob Green had been called into action twice early on.

Green, back in the side because Alex McCarthy was ruled out with a thigh problem, gathered Ashley Westwood’s effort and a thumping long-range volley from Carlos Sanchez.

After Austin’s goal, Christian Benteke headed wide from Westwood’s cross from the right.

And Green reacted quickly to prevent Benteke connecting with another right-wing cross, this time from Andreas Weimann.

QPR: Green; Isla, Dunne, Caulker, Yun; Vargas, Henry; Sandro, Fer; Austin, Zamora.
Subs: Murphy, Traore, Ferdinand, Kranjcar, Phillips, Hill, Hoilett.

Aston Villa: Guzan, Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Cissokho, Westwood, Cleverley, Sanchez, Weimann, Agbonlahor, Benteke.
Subs: Given, Okore, Cole, Bent, Bacuna, Richardson, N’Zogbia.

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