sport news Aston Villa 1-3 QPR: Automatic promotion hopes fade for Steve Bruce

Three days after their most exhilarating performance of the season when they they thumped leaders Wolves 4-1, Aston Villa produced arguably their flattest.

Maybe derby victories should carry a health warning – Steve Bruce’s team followed their win over bitter rivals Birmingham last month by immediately dropping five points.

On Tuesday night it was as if both the home fans and the players turned up expecting to roll over struggling QPR and instead they found themselves two down as full back Jake Bidwell first set up a goal for Ryan Manning then scored himself. 

Jake Bidwell scores from outside the penalty area to double QPR's lead over Aston Villa

Jake Bidwell scores from outside the penalty area to double QPR's lead over Aston Villa

Bidwell celebrates after putting QPR two goals ahead after 33 minutes on Tuesday night

Bidwell celebrates after putting QPR two goals ahead after 33 minutes on Tuesday night

Ryan Manning beats John Terry in the air to put QPR ahead after just 12 minutes of the game

Ryan Manning beats John Terry in the air to put QPR ahead after just 12 minutes of the game

Manning is mobbed by team-mates after giving the visitors the perfect start at Villa Park

Manning is mobbed by team-mates after giving the visitors the perfect start at Villa Park

John Terry, Lewis Grabban and Albert Adoma troop off after a disappointing first-half 

John Terry, Lewis Grabban and Albert Adoma troop off after a disappointing first-half 

MATCH FACTS AND LEAGUE TABLE

Aston Villa: Johnstone, Elmohamady, Chester, Terry, Neil Taylor (Davis 56), Jedinak, Snodgrass, Hourihane (Bjarnason 81), Grealish, Adomah, Grabban (Hogan 67)

Subs not used: Lansbury, Bree, Onomah, Bunn

Goalscorers: Chester 88

Booked: Grealish 

QPR: Smithies, Furlong, Onuoha, Lynch, Bidwell, Wszolek (Perch 72), Luongo, Scowen, Manning (Cousins 74), Eze (Freeman 79), Smith

Subs not used: Washington, Ingram, Baptiste, Samuel

Goalscorers: Manning 12, Bidwell 33, Freeman 82

Booked: Lynch, Bidwell

Referee: Tim Robinson

Championship Premier League Championship League One League Two Scottish Premiership Scottish Div 1 Scottish Div 2 Scottish Div 3 Ligue 1 Serie A La Liga Bundesliga

 

A late strike by substitute Luke Freeman brought Rangers' biggest win of the season and did major damage to Villa’s hopes of an automatic promotion place on a night when the top two both won.

Credit should go to Rangers boss Ian Holloway who wasn’t afraid to freshen up his team that beat read more from dailymail.....

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