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A brace from Albert Adomah secured a Villa win after going 1-0 down, pushing Villa up to fifth.
Aston Villa had some chances within the earlier reaches of the game, with Chris Samba and Robert Snodgrass coming close top opening the scoring.
The first few minutes of the game were end-to-end football with both sides having their share of possession and attacks into the opposition half.
Hourihane had his first sight of the Queens Park Rangers goal around eleven minutes in, firing a shot just wide of the goal mouth.
Queens Park Rangers took the lead after around eighteen minutes when Aston Villa failed to clear their lines, and Jamie Mackie managed to bury the ball in the net from around a yard away. It was possibly the ugliest goal we’ve conceded in quite some time.
Adomah had a wonderful chance at around the thirty-minute mark after Onomah released him down the left-hand side, but unfortunately he scuffed it wide. Onomah had a chance for himself just a minute later, which was palmed behind by Smithies after the loanee youngster attempted to strike it towards the bottom left corner.
Villa had a great chance once more in the thirty-eighth minute after a counter attack saw Snodgrass getting away down the right, attempting a shot which fell awkwardly for Adomah, and then Davis, who’s shot rocketed off a QPR defender.
Smithies provided Queens Park Rangers with another live-saving block after Davis found himself in the box and attempted a shot on his left foot. The English goalkeeper was certainly keeping Aston Villa from getting back into the game in this half.
The first half was incredibly lively, and saw Villa with most of the possession and most of the chances, but the Villa XI just couldn’t get past Smithies in the Queens Park Rangers net. Onomah came incredibly close to scoring, but his shot bounced on to the crossbar.
Albert Adomah equalised right before the half-time whistle to put the two sides level, after a hand ball following Onomah’s crossbar strike.
Just a few minutes into the second half, Keinan Davis came close to giving Villa the lead with a towering header that narrowly bounced past the keepers near post.
Just before the sixty-minute mark, Albert Adomah scored his second of the game, pushing him further ahead as Villa’s top scorer this season, after connecting with a pass from Hourihane and firing left-footed off the near post.
Villa could have easily made it three, but Robert Snodgrass ended up skying a sitter from around 6-yards-out.
With just ten minutes to go, Mile Jedinak arrived on the pitch, coming on for Robert Snodgrass – causing a change of shape – allowing Villa more defensive options to try and see out the game.
Richie de Laet made a cameo appearance in the final few minutes, replacing Josh Onomah who had a great game, in an attempt by Bruce to sure out the win.
The Claret and View Man of the Match Albert Adomah was subbed off at the ninety minute mark, with Birkir Bjarnason joining the fray just as the five minutes of extra time were announced.
The five minutes of extra time were a little nervy for the Villa faithful, but the side held strong and secured the three points away from home in a great performance that saw Aston Villa attempt 26 shots on goal.