Kodjia hits winner for Villa as QPR lose fifth straight game

Jonathan Kodjia

Jonathan Kodjia has scored eight goals this season

Jonathan Kodjia’s powerful low shot was enough to secure Aston Villa’s second Championship away win of the campaign at strugglers QPR.

The striker had a first-half penalty saved by R’s keeper Alex Smithies, after he was fouled by Pawel Wszolek.

Villa improved after the break, but Smithies stopped efforts from both Kodjia and Leandro Bacuna.

But Kodjia was not to be denied, as his strike squirmed under Smithies to make it five losses in a row for Rangers.

Relive: Villa secure win at QPR

It is the first time Villa have won a league game at Loftus Road since 1991, when Dwight Yorke scored the winning goal.

One positive for Ian Holloway’s side was the return of forward Jamie Mackie following an eight-month injury lay-off.

However the R’s have not tasted victory since Holloway’s first game in charge, and it would have been worse had Smithies not saved his fifth Championship penalty out of the last seven he has faced.

The result leaves the London side just three points above the relegation zone, while Villa are six points from the final play-off place.

QPR manager Ian Holloway:

“I feel just like the supporters I imagine; there was lots of real good stuff, but we got to 65 minutes and went a little too deep.

“The closing and pressing, the way the lads chased and worked, I couldn’t ask them to give me any more.

“The longer it goes and the less confident you get, the deeper you go and then you start to worry.

“We need to get someone who can bobble it in off their ear hole. I don’t care how ugly the goal is – it doesn’t matter, we need to score first.”

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce:

“We’ve had the most outstanding chances, and I thought their goalkeeper was going to get man of the match.

“There was one save in particular down to his right hand side that was unbelievable, then he saved the penalty and you’re thinking if it’s going to be one of those days.

“Thankfully Kodjia has done what he’s done best. The pleasing thing is that he’s stuck at it, missing the penalty, and won us the match. It’s his eighth goal in 11 games.

“We’ve still got a long way to catch up, we’ve got to try and make an impression on the top six, that’s got to be our aim.”

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Match ends, Queens Park Rangers 0, Aston Villa 1.

Second Half ends, Queens Park Rangers 0, Aston Villa 1.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by James Perch.

Attempt saved. Rudy Gestede (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mile Jedinak.

Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Alex Smithies tries a through ball, but Jamie Mackie is caught offside.

Massimo Luongo (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa).

Mark Bunn (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Grant Hall (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Mark Bunn (Aston Villa) because of an injury.

Foul by Olamide Shodipo (Queens Park Rangers).

Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution, Aston Villa. Ashley Westwood replaces Gary Gardner.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Nathan Baker (Aston Villa) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Jamie Mackie (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Olamide Shodipo with a cross.

Substitution, Aston Villa. Rudy Gestede replaces Jonathan Kodjia.

Attempt missed. James Perch (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Massimo Luongo (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Massimo Luongo (Queens Park Rangers).

Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Jamie Mackie replaces Tjaronn Chery.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match (Queens Park Rangers).

Goal! Queens Park Rangers 0, Aston Villa 1. Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Alan Hutton.

Attempt missed. Gary Gardner (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Leandro Bacuna.

Attempt blocked. Grant Hall (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by James Perch.

Idrissa Sylla (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Nathan Baker (Aston Villa).

Substitution, Aston Villa. Gabriel Agbonlahor replaces Ross McCormack.

Attempt missed. James Perch (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Yeni N’Gbakoto with a cross.

Offside, Aston Villa. James Chester tries a through ball, but Jonathan Kodjia is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jordan Amavi following a corner.

Attempt missed. Jordan Amavi (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Grant Hall.

Foul by Idrissa Sylla (Queens Park Rangers).

Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Yeni N’Gbakoto (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

James Chester (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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