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Recap: QPR vs Aston Villa

After conceding an early goal, Aston Villa produced a dominant performance in a 2-1 comeback victory at Queens Park Rangers.

BURTON-UPON-TRENT, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 26:  Albert Adomah of Aston Villa celebrates scoring his team's 2nd goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Burton Albion and Aston Villa at Pirelli Stadium on September 26, 2017 in Burton-upon-Trent, England.  (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
Albert Adomah was outstanding. His brace was the difference in the match.
Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images

Straight away, it must be noted that this was what far too many ‘AVTV’ subscribers saw today when attempting to view Aston Villa’s trip to Queens Park Rangers.

Fortunately the play on the pitch was far better than the effort from ‘AVTV.’

By the time the club’s support team put this out, Steve Bruce’s side had fallen behind at Loftus Road.

Whilst AVTVsupport suggested such quality tactical changes as “try logging out and/or refreshing your browser,” the claret and blue fared far better on the pitch.

QPR’s opener seemed to light a fire under Steve Bruce’s side. From that point on, Aston Villa produced a quality display that saw them, thanks to two goals from Albert Adomah, take all three points.

Here is a brief recap of today’s 2-1 victory over the Hoops.


First Half:

It was a relatively quiet first few minutes at Loftus Road. Neither side created any clear-cut chances until about the 11th minute when Conor Hourihane sailed an attempted wide of Alex Smithies goal.

That opening salvo was emblematic of things to come as Steve Bruce’s side were dangerous in attack. However, seven minutes later, Villa were unable to clear QPR’s corner and Jamie Mackie slotted home a close range shot to put the hosts up 1-0.

The claret and blue responded well to the Hoops goal as just two minutes later, Albert Adomah had a chance off of a Villa corner. There were plenty more to come for Villa in the following minutes. The Ghanian winger and Josh Onomah linked up well in attack to create two opportunities in quick succession in the 31st minute.

Villa continued to get the better of the attacking play in the first half as Alex Smithies saved four shots on target. By the 38th minute, Adomah, Robert Snodgrass and Keinan Davis all had efforts that threatened the QPR goal.

In the 2nd minute of stoppage time, Josh Onomah’s right-footed shot inside the box hit the crossbar. By this point, Aston Villa were unlucky not to have got an equalizer.

Even though the QPR keeper was playing rather well, his defence eventually let him down. Jack Robinson’s handball in the box earned him a yellow card and gave Villa a penalty in the waning moments of stoppage time.

Albert Adomah comfortably converted the penalty to give Villa the equalizer that they deserved. It was 1-1 heading into halftime at Loftus Road. The claret and blue attack was far superior as they managed 16 total shots, with four of those being quality attempts on target.

Second Half:

Both sides came out of the locker room with an attacking intent. Sam Johnstone was called into action almost immediately when Matt Smith had a shot on goal in the 46th minute. Just a moment later, Keinan Davis got on the end of an Alan Hutton cross and headed it just wide of the left post.

Five minutes later, Villa were fortunate when Smith missed a big headed opportunity. Within in the next few minutes Adomah, Conor Hourihane and Snodgrass all had opportunities in attack that were either blocked or missed the goal.

The bright start for both sides finally yielded the game’s third goal in the 58th minute. Fortunately for Aston Villa, it was Albert Adomah bagging a brace with a shot that found the bottom right corner.

With eight goals in fifteen appearances in all competitions, the Ghanian leads the claret and blue in scoring.

Yet again, in the 62nd minute, Matt Smith had another close range opportunity that he was unable to convert. From that point on, Villa continued to press and attempt to find the goal to see this match off.

In the 70th minute, Keinan Davis got on the end of a pass from a breaking Robert Snodgrass. The young lad, who just signed a new contract with club, was unable to find a goal to cap off another solid outing.

Three minutes later, Albert Adomah cut into the box from the left side and put a right-footed effort directly into the hands of the Hoops keeper.

Neither side really produced anything of note by the time Mile Jedinak replaced Robert Snodgrass in the 81st minute. However, just a minute later, Sam Johnstone was tasked with stopping another headed attempt from Matt Smith.

In the 86th minute, Steve Bruce made a second defensive substitution when Ritchie De Laet came on for Josh Onomah. The England U20 also had another impressive outing.

Ian Holloway’s side did not really pose any threat on Sam Johnstone’s goal by the time the fourth official announced five total minutes of stoppage time.

Thor’ replaced Albert Adomah in the 91st minute. The supporters who travelled down to London gave the clear ‘Man of the Match’ a rousing ovation.

Villa conceded a corner in the dying moments, but QPR made nothing of it. The full time whistle blew and Aston Villa took all three points in a comeback on the road!

On the whole, it was an important win for the club. The claret and blue head into Tuesday’s clash with Chris Coleman’s Sunderland, sitting 5th with 29 total points. UTV!