Date: 26th October 2018 at 9:47pm
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Queens Park Rangers
1 – 0
Aston Villa

Loftus Road


26/10/2018 7:45 pm

Attendance: 16036

Referee: England

Queens Park Rangers Aston Villa
Wszolek (38)
Lumley Nyland
Rangel Hutton
Leistner Tuanzebe
Bidwell Taylor
Cameron 70 Elmohamady 62
Bjarnason 41
Eze 91 Kodjia
Freeman Grealish
Hemed 62 Abraham


Ingram Whelan 41
Hall Lansbury
Cousins Hogan
Scowen 70 Bolasie 62
Smith 91 Hourihane
Osayi-Samuel Jedinak
Wells 62 Bunn

Game Statistics

16 Goal attempts 18
7 On Target 5
5 Corners 9
23 Fouls 12
3 Yellow Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0
32 % 68

Following on from the defeat to Norwich City in the midweek Championship game, new head coach Dean Smith was leading the Aston Villa boys into their third battle under his charge tonight as we faced Queens Park Rangers.

Heading to Loftus Road for the match, it was set to be a tight encounter in more ways than one given how their stadium intrudes on the pitch as although our season had been mixed, to put it mildly, QPR appear to be overperforming based on their own expectations over the summer.

Villa certainly started brightly and gave plenty of reasons for hope, but our Achilles heels came to the fore again – a lack of real ideas in the final third and a defence that’s an extremely easy (none gender specific) date.

The lead was QPR’s going into the halftime break (and we had our now obligatory injury with Barney the recipient this time) but we again came out strongly after the restart. That resulted in some good play promising play, but little at goal and we didn’t score.

1-0. Our second defeat in three and plenty are worried.

I think I’m with RevdPete to be fair.

“You can see signs…unfortunately I’m not sure we have the squad needed to do what Dean Smith wants us to do.”

Right, where’s my lager gone…


7 Replies to “Stats: QPR 1-0 Aston Villa – Some Fans Can See What Smith Wants, But Can The Players Do It”

  • Taylor is just a scary liability. Abraham always needs one touch too many. Chester needs a leader. Kodija generally can’t be arsed. Gotta love McGinn but he’s gonna get sent off sooner rather than later. Whelan, seriously why? Massive improvement, massive problems. Good stuff beginning to happen, Smith is trying to produce the right stuff he’s just never been faced with so much talent with so little cohesion or coherence before. It is getting better, keep the faith.

  • I think it’s easy to see that Smith is trying to play better, higher tempo, more attacking football than the stuff we saw under Bruce but agree that some of the players might not be best suited for it. That said, even with the players we have, results will get better. I know it’s fairly early days in this season but I’m reasonably happy to write this season off in order for Smith to get his house in order and then have a full season with maybe some of his own additions…..especially when I can see he’s trying to improve the quality of football, even if the results are not forthcoming……they will come.

  • NEGATIVES. Smith and Terry look like two Chavs. We destroyed our whole backline in some crazy last minute jiggling about in the summer.. We are in this league for couple of years before the mess of Lerner and nurse x. We have no balance whatsoever in the team. It may come good this term it may not. But now POSITIVES. We have great owners and a very respectable office team. What’s good about our owners is they are more like patrons, the enjoy art, money is secondary. We gotta be patient.

  • If we aren’t scoring it will always highlight any defensive lapses. Just feel Abraham is rather isolated up front , playing Kodjia on one side and Elmo on the other doesn’t give him much support in the middle + I don’t think they gave him good delivery , I’d rather see a pairing in the box, say Abraham and Hogan and have Bolasie providing crosses from either flank or our midfield linking up with them . Until we sort out scoring were not going to win many… over to you Deano and your coaches

  • Ouch.. all that possession and no end ball. If we start to get that ball in the onion bag, just imagine. Can’t keep imagining though, got to start doing.

  • I thought Villa played very well on Friday night and were the team playing all the football. The balance up front is going to be key to any success this or any other season and I believe Smith will get that right. Is it too much to hope for promotion this season, I think so and to be honest I don’t think we would be anywhere near ready for the premier league. Build, build slowly, build on solid foundations and good times will return to Villa park.

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