BPL Monday: Austin’s double lifts QPR over Villa

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By MATTHEW LEVINE
Staff Writer

It hasn’t been easy going for Queens Park Rangers. They’ve languished at the bottom of the table as Harry Redknapp engages in public spats with players (I’m looking at you Adel Taarabt).

However, Charlie Austin‘s double moved QPR out from the bottom spot in the Premier League, taking advantage of a porous Aston Villa defense that has lost five on the trot.

Austin scored the opener in the 16th minute. Bobby Zamora chested down a Richard Dunne long ball into Austin’s path and he struck from 25 yards out past Brad Guzan. In the 69th minute, the brace was completed. Eduardo Vargas sprinted down the right flank and whipped in a cross for Austin to flick in at the near post past Brad Guzan.

With Villa trying to make a late push to find a result, Robert Green made a fantastic double save 10 minutes from time. He stopped  Tom Cleverley‘s volley, but was able to keep Ciaran Clark‘s follow up attempt out with his leg before getting control of the loose ball. Had Clark put the ball to either corner, he most likely would have pulled one back for the visitors.

The scoring touch has gone missing for Villa. Five league games in a row have resulted with zero goals and all have been losses. After a bright start to the season, Villa is plummeting towards the bottom three. However, time is on their side to turn things around with 29 games still to be played.

Here is the current Premiership table: