Dowie's Rangers are cup kings!
PUBLISHED: 03:01 25 September 2008 | UPDATED: 13:21 24 August 2010
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Aston Villa 0 QPR 1 by Ben Kosky IAIN Dowie has a habit of masterminding shock results in the Carling Cup – but this one goes down as highly significant in QPR history. Not only does Wednesday night s dogged success at Villa Park help erase memories of No
Aston Villa 0 QPR 1 by Ben Kosky
IAIN Dowie has a habit of masterminding shock results in the Carling Cup - but this one goes down as highly significant in QPR history.
Not only does Wednesday night's dogged success at Villa Park help erase memories of Northampton, Orient, Colchester and countless other Carling Cup calamities of recent years.
This was the first time Rangers had tasted victory over a Premier League side since... well, since they enjoyed that status themselves almost 13 years ago.
And Dowie, who guided Coventry to victory at Old Trafford in this competition last season, has moulded an ever-tightening defensive unit that Villa's international stars found almost impossible to break down.
Matthew Connolly, Fitz Hall, goalscoring hero Damion Stewart and Damien Delaney all defended stoutly as the Rs clung on to reach the last 16 for the first time since their fourth round defeat at Villa in 1995.
Rangers looked confident in possession and Daniel Parejo and Martin Rowlands set Emmanuel Ledesma free on the edge of the Villa box, allowing the teenager to dance away from three players, but his delayed finish was charged down.
For Villa, Marlon Harewood blazed wastefully over after running onto Stiliyan Petrov's pass and an air of frustration began to creep around the home crowd.
That was almost lifted nine minutes before half-time when QPR failed to deal with a break on the left and the ball fell for Ashley Young, who curled it fractionally past the far post with Radek Cerny at full stretch.
Carlos Cuellar headed over after Cerny missed Young's cross and the home side began the second period strongly, with Craig Gardner and Isaiah Osbourne's efforts charged down.
Yet it was Rangers who broke the deadlock 13 minutes after the restart as Villa half-cleared Akos Buzsaky's corner and Parejo returned the ball into the box for Stewart to power a header past Brad Guzan.
Stewart then proved his worth at the other end of the field with a vital block to deny Young - but Villa should have been level in the 75th minute as Carew's flick-on gave Gareth Barry a clear run, yet the England midfielder miscued horribly.
Gardner speared one into the side netting as the Premier League side began to look increasingly desperate and Wayne Routledge scampered onto Young's pass, but bundled the chance over.
Routledge scuffed another effort wide after Rangers struggled to scramble away a corner but, despite some scares in added time, the jubilant away fans were finally able to enjoy being on the right end of a cup upset.
QPR: Cerny; CONNOLLY*, Hall, Stewart, Delaney; Rowlands, Mahon; Ledesma (Balanta 90), Parejo, Buzsaky (Leigertwood 81); Agyemang (Di Carmine 67).
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