Charlie Austin strikes twice to lift QPR off the bottom of the table
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Two goals from Charlie Austin lifted QPR off the bottom of the Premier League table against a woeful Aston Villa side who have now lost five consecutive matches.
Austin struck on 17 and 69 minutes as Rangers picked up just their second win of the season ahead of Saturday match against west London rivals Chelsea.
The First shot on target came from Villa’s Ashley Westwood on 4 minutes after Rangers failed to clear their lines and Westwood got a shot off which was comfortably dealt with by Rob Green.
With QPR continuning to gift away the ball to the visitors it took a last ditch sliding tackle from Richard Dunne to stop Gabby Agbonlahor getting a shot off after bursting into the penalty area from deep.
Carlos Sánchez fired in a volley from 30-yards on 14 minutes as the visitors looked to pin back the home side but three minutes later they found themselves behind as Charlie Austin scored his third goal of the season.
A long punt forward from Richard Dunne found Bobby Zamora who chested the ball down into the path of Austin who drilled home a half volley from 20-yards beyond the dive of Brad Guzan.
Yun Suk-Young fired in a right footed effort which was pushed away for a corner by Guzan as Rangerslooked to grab a second.
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The match continued to be a scrappy affair with both teams gifting the ball away and Villa’s best effort before the break was a weak volley from Christian Benteke from just inside the penalty area after Leroy Fer blocked a shot from the lively Andreas Weimann.
The second half started much the same as the first ended, with both teams finding it difficult to string more than a few passes together.
On 54 minutes, Benteke headed down to Ciaran Clark inside the six yard box but the Irish international failed to test Green, hitting his shot wide of the target.
Harry Redknapp opted for a change on the hour mark with Junior Hoilett sent on for Zamora and the Canadian winger had an immediate impact clipping the outside of the post with a curler from the edge of the box on 66 minutes.
With the Rs looking to put the game to bed, Eduardo Vargas broke away down the right wing and delivered an inch perfect cross into the path of Austin who dispatched his second goal of the game on the volley from close range to put Rangers 2-0 up.
Vargas then had a great chance to put Rangers 3-0 up but his shot was well blocked by Guzan after he was sent through on goal.
Rob Green pulled off a double save from Tom Cleverley to keep Villa at bay.
With Darren Bent and Joe Cole thrown on by Paul Lambert, Villa attempted to work their way back into the game but QPR held out to secure a much needed three points.