R's pegged back by Villa recovery

Charles N'Zogbia scored his first goal for Aston Villa and spoilt Djibril Cisse's QPR debut as the hosts fought for a 2-2 draw at Villa Park.

Last Updated: 01/02/12 at 22:05 Post Comment

Cisse: Celebrates his opening goal for Rangers

Cisse: Celebrates his opening goal for Rangers

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Cisse scored a stunning debut goal and then Villa defender Stephen Warnock's own goal doubled their lead.

But Darren Bent gave the home side a lifeline before half-time with his 100th Premier League goal before N'Zogbia equalised.

Cisse needed only 12 minutes to make an impact for his new club after his move from Lazio had only received its final clearance 90 minutes before kick-off.

There was an element of luck about the build-up with Shaun Wright-Phillips scuffing his shot into the path of Cisse.

But the finish was clinical as he drilled a low shot across Shay Given into the far corner of the net before celebrating with a trademark somersault.

Villa tried to retaliate and Ciaran Clark shot just wide after a neat chip from Robbie Keane while QPR keeper Paddy Kenny clung onto a low Bent drive.

But after 29 minutes an own goal from left-back Warnock doubled QPR's lead.

There appeared little danger when Taye Taiwo delivered a deep cross but Warnock inexplicably headed the ball back across Given into the far corner of the net.

It was Warnock's second costly error in three home games after his blunder had handed Swansea their opening goal in a 2-0 win at the start of January.

The home side came close to reducing the arrears when Kenny turned away a Richard Dunne header from a Stiliyan Petrov centre.

Keane was unfortunate when his shot deflected off Petrov and struck the woodwork with Kenny well beaten.

Bent got up well to direct a header past the post from an Alan Hutton centre before reducing the arrears with his 100th Premier League goal in injury time.

Keane played in Hutton and in typically predatory fashion Bent was in position to convert his low cross from close range.

Villa started the second half on the offensive and their former player, Luke Young, was booked for bringing down N'Zogbia.

Dunne had a shot blocked by Joey Barton and a low Petrov drive struck the feet of Kenny.

Villa had strong claims for a penalty rejected as Shaun Derry had his arm raised when blocking an effort from Clark.

Kenny was again tested to deny Keane away to his left after being found in space by Stephen Ireland.

But Jamie Mackie completely miskicked with the goal at his mercy from a low Wright-Phillips cross.

After 79 minutes N'Zogbia brought Villa level with his first goal since his £9million summer move from Wigan.

Petrov supplied the left wing cross and N'Zogbia volleyed his left-footed drive past Kenny.

Villa pressed for the winner and Bent had a shot cleared off the line from QPR's new defender Nedum Onuoha and then appeals for handball against Barton were rejected from a Keane follow-up effort.

Kenny did well to turn aside an N'Zogbia piledriver with three minutes left.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

More Match Results

Monday, 15 September 2014
20:00
Hull City 2-2 West Ham Report
Sunday, 14 September 2014
16:00
Man Utd 4-0 QPR Report
Saturday, 13 September 2014
17:30
Liverpool 0-1 A Villa Report
15:00
Chelsea 4-2 Swansea Report
C Palace 0-0 Burnley Report
Southampton 4-0 Newcastle Report
Stoke 0-1 Leicester Report
Sunderland 2-2 Tottenham Report
West Brom 0-2 Everton Report
12:45
Arsenal 2-2 Man City Report

Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 4 9 12
2 A Villa 4 3 10
3 Swansea 4 3 9
4 Southampton 4 5 7
5 Man City 4 3 7
6 Tottenham 4 2 7
7 Arsenal 4 1 6
8 Liverpool 4 1 6
9 Man Utd 4 3 5
10 Hull City 4 0 5
11 Everton 4 -1 5
12 Leicester 4 -1 5
13 West Ham 4 -1 4
14 Stoke 4 -1 4
15 Sunderland 4 -1 3
16 QPR 4 -8 3
17 C Palace 4 -3 2
18 Burnley 4 -3 2
19 West Brom 4 -5 2
20 Newcastle 4 -6 2

Updated Tue, 16 Sep 2014

Footer 365

Premier League: Jose Mourinho confirms Eden Hazard's Chelsea contract talks ongoing

Jose Mourinho is confident Eden Hazard will commit his future to Chelsea, with talks ongoing over a contract extension.

Daley Blind backs Louis van Gaal's brutally honest approach at Manchester United

Daley Blind says Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal's brutally honest manner is good for team-building.

Premier League: Manchester United winger Angel di Maria delighted with Old Trafford bow

Manchester United winger Angel di Maria was delighted with his Old Trafford debut after the 4-0 win over QPR.

Mail Box

Forget it, Ronaldo Won't Come Back

A varied morning mailbox, with thoughts on Ronaldo, Daley Blind = Michael Carrick, Ed Woodward redemption, stick with Pardew, QPR's name change and marbles...

Woke Up This Morning Feeling Fine...

Man United fans are a more than a tad excited, Liverpool fans are a little depressed and we have mails on Mesut Ozil, Newcastle, Aston Villa and lots more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property