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Aston Villa vs Queens Park Rangers: Fan Reaction

It was an evening to forget for Aston Villa as they went down to a 3-1 home defeat against QPR which puts a real dent in their automatic promotion hopes.

Ryan Manning and left-back Jake Bidwell gave QPR a 2-0 lead heading into the break, before Luke Freeman scored an 83rd minute goal to seal the three points, with James Chester’s goal for Villa proving to only be a consolation.

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The Villans would have been confident of a result, given they hadn’t lost at home in four months, but it wasn’t to be as Ian Holloway’s side put in a confident performance to move up to 15th.

The result now leaves Villa seven points behind Cardiff in the race for automatic promotion with the Bluebirds beating Brentford 3-1 on Tuesday evening. With them having to play the Welsh side in a few weeks time, it will now be must win game for the Midlands club.

Following the game, Villa manager Steve Bruce told BBC West Midlands: “We’ve choked tonight. We’ve made a mess of it. Now we need to put it right at Bolton on Saturday evening.

“From experience, I always feared it might be ‘After the Lord Mayor’s Show’ following the weekend. I toyed and toyed with changing it, making five or six changes, and in hindsight, I should have done.

“We never got started. Mentally, we weren’t at it. We didn’t get anywhere near the heights of Saturday. But that’s what this league is all about, any team can beat you.”

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Ian Holloway, obviously the happier manager on the night told BBC Sport: “Am I shocked? A little bit. It was, as our lads said in the dressing room a coupon buster. But, when our game here was called off the other day, we’d still made the journey and our coach broke down. We spent eight hours on the side of the motorway so maybe this was payback time.

“I had a plan and everything worked for us. We were clinical, bright and tidy. And my back lads were awesome against a good Villa side. You don’t do what they did to Wolves without being a really good team.”

That is how the manager’s reacted but how did you the fans react?

Aston Villa Fans:

 

 

 

 

QPR Fans:

 

QPR chairman Tony Fernandes clearly enjoyed his team’s victory last night:

Every team is now on an even playing field, with each team now having played their game in hand, meaning Villa can little afford to make anymore mistakes if they want to catch Cardiff in the coming weeks.

For QPR, t’s a much brighter prospect as they can now be certain of another season in the championship with that victory.

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