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
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
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
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
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
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 Sunderland on