Mar 16, 2013 at 3pm UK at ​Villa Park
Aston Villa
3-2
QPRQueens Park Rangers
Agbonlahor (45'), Weimann (59'), Benteke (81')
Sylla (31'), Bannan (42'), Weimann (45')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Jenas (23'), Townsend (73')
M'Bia (13'), Hoilett (88')

Result: Aston Villa edge out Queens Park Rangers in five-goal thriller

Aston Villa record a vital 3-2 victory over fellow Premier League strugglers Queens Park Rangers.

Aston Villa recorded a vital 3-2 victory over Queens Park Rangers in this afternoon's Premier League relegation battle at Villa Park.

Queens Park Rangers player Andros Townsend celebrates scoring his side's second goal in their match against Aston Villa on March 16, 2013© PA Photos

The visitors came close to securing an early lead when Christopher Samba got his head to a corner and forced an impressive stop out of Villa keeper Brad Guzan.

Guzan denied Samba again two minutes later, beating clear his bending, 12-yard strike to keep the scoreline at 0-0.

However, it did not remain that way for long. Villa lost possession inside their own half and QPR punished them dearly through Jermaine Jenas, who bundled the ball past Guzan after he had spilled Bobby Zamora's initial effort.

Aston Villa's Andreas Weimann scores his side's second goal in their Premier League match with QPR on March 16, 2013© PA Photos

Harry Redknapp's side were by far the better team, but it was Villa who landed the next blow. Gabriel Agbonlahor struck from close range in first-half stoppage time to make it level at the break.

Villa were much improved in the second half, coming close through Christian Benteke before taking the lead courtesy of Andreas Weimann.

The Austrian exchanged passes with Joe Bennett before turning and firing a low shot beyond QPR keeper Julio Cesar, finding the bottom corner to make it 2-1.

Aston Villa forward Gabriel Agbonlahor celebrates scoring for his side during their Premier League clash against QPR March 16, 2013© PA Photos

Villa dominated the second half, but they let their lead slip in the 73rd minute. Spurs loanee Andros Townsend drew QPR level with a neat finish following some impressive play by Loic Remy.

It was a closely-contested relegation battle, but Villa had the final say. Weimann went on a mazy run and laid one on a plate for Benteke, who guided the ball into an empty net in the 80th minute to seal maximum points for the hosts.

Aston Villa forward Gabriel Agbonlahor celebrates scoring for his side during their Premier League clash against QPR March 16, 2013
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