Hoops held; Villa beat Royals

  • Last Updated: November 27 2012, 22:29 GMT

A review of Tuesday night's action in the Barclays Premier League, including Harry Redknapp's first game as QPR boss.

  • Redknapp watched his new side draw at Sunderland
  • Christian Benteke gave Aston Villa a 1-0 victory 

QPR are still without a league win this season after Harry Redknapp's first game in charge finished 0-0 at Sunderland.

But it could have been worse for the Hoops as they needed substitute goalkeeper Rob Green to pull off a stunning save to deny Black Cats striker Steven Fletcher.

Position Player Score
12 Stoke City 16
13 Norwich 15
14 Newcastle 14
15 Wigan 14
16 Sunderland 13
17 A Villa 13
18 Southampton 11
19 Reading 9
20 QPR 5

The former England keeper somehow clawed away the Scotland international's 64th-minute header on a night when Redknapp saw plenty to persuade him that his cause may not be a forlorn one.

Green replaced the injured Julio Cesar, who had earlier made a vital block to deny Fletcher, at the break and stood firm as the visitors turned in a spirited display at the Stadium of Light.

Home keeper Simon Mignolet also had to be at his best to keep out Sunderland old boy Djibril Cisse as well as Jamie Mackie, and he was relieved to see midfielder Stephane Mbia blast a long-range effort inches wide.

Ultimately, Redknapp's men left the north-east still without a league win this season, but with a fifth point of the campaign which extended the Black Cats' difficult run to just two wins in 21 outings.

Team Score Team
A Villa 1 - 0 Reading
Sunderland 0 - 0 QPR

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert again excluded record signing Darren Bent but saw his replacement Christian Benteke score a late winner to help them climb out of the relegation zone with a 1-0 victory over fellow strugglers Reading at Villa Park.

The Belgium international ended a four-game run without a goal when he headed home an Ashley Westwood corner with 10 minutes remaining.

Villa's third win of the season moved them out of the bottom three in front of their lowest home league gate - 28,692 - for six years.

The game was not a classic but Villa deserved the three points after enjoying the bulk of possession and looking the more threatening.

  • Harry Redknapp took charge of his first game as QPR manager as the winless Hoops visited Sunderland
  • The former Spurs boss made himself comfortable in the dugout
  • But it wasn't long before Redknapp made his way to the touchline
  • On the pitch, Armand Traore and Stephane Sessegnon battled for the ball
  • Meanwhile Paul Lambert's Aston Villa hosted fellow strugglers Reading as both sides looked to climb out of the relegation zone
  • Nathan Baker and Adam Le Fondre went for a high ball
  • Chances were few and far between at the Stadium of Light as Danny Rose tried to get forward for the hosts
  • It was also proving to be a tight first half at Villa Park, with Shaun Cummings and Gabriel Agbonlahor competing for possession
  • Paul Lambert and Brian McDermott watch on as their sides battled hard to break the deadlock
  • Andreas Weimann showed his frustration after a missed opportunity for Villa
  • Back at the Stadium of Light, Adel Taarabt was trying his best to make something happen
  • But Redknapp's first game in charge of the Hoops ended in a goalless draw as their winless streak continued
  • Christian Benteke struck 10 minutes from time to give Aston Villa a much-needed 1-0 victory, which lifted them out of the relegation zone
  • By contrast the Royals remain deep in relegation trouble
All the best pictures from Tuesday night's Premier League action, including Harry Redknapp's first game as QPR boss.


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