Match: Queens Park Rangers v Aston Villa
Date: Friday 26th October 2018
Competition: Sky Bet Championship
Venue: Loftus Road
Attendance: 16, 036 (3,147 Villa fans)
Nyland, Hutton, Tuanzebe, Chester, Taylor, Bjarnason (Whelan), McGinn, Grealish, Elmohamady (Bolasie), Abraham, Kodjia. UNUSUED SUBS: Bunn, Lansbury, Jedinak, Hourihane, Hogan.
Story in brief
A first-half strike from Pawel Wszolek condemned Villa to a 1-0 defeat at Queens Park Rangers on a chilly night in West London.
The Pole struck the only goal of the game seven minutes before the break, leathering home a bouncing ball.
John McGinn and Jack Grealish both saw efforts whistle wide of the woodwork in the opening stages before the latter clattered a free-kick off the post and forced Joe Lumley into a routine save shortly afterwards.
Despite the early Villa pressure it was the home side who went in front shortly before the break when Wszolek stole in behind the Villa defence to latch onto a bouncing ball.
His first-time half-volley crashed off the underside of the crossbar and landed over the line before bouncing out to give the hosts the lead.
Rangers could have doubled their advantage in first-half stoppage time but Massimo Luongo sent a volley hurtling wide of the target.
After the break, Tammy Abraham came close to drawing the visitors level but could only divert McGinn’s low free-kick just wide.
With the pressure and the momentum in Villa’s favour, substitute Yannick Bolasie was twice denied by Lumley in the Rangers goal and he would later find Grealish in a good position inside the box but the midfielder’s thunderous volley was blocked away by the home defence.
The hosts’ Josh Scowen sent a range-finder off target at the other end while the substitute was denied in stoppage time by a fingertip save from Ørjan Nyland.
It’s Bolton Wanderers up next for the claret and blues.
The Trotters are at Villa Park next Friday for a televised 7.45 kick-off.