Aston Villa player ratings v QPR: Sanchez improves, but Benteke and Vlaar still off the pace

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Goals from Charlie Austin either side of half-time sealed Queens Park Rangers a 2-0 win at Loftus Road and condemned Aston Villa to a fifth consecutive league defeat.

Brad Guzan 6/10 – Powerless to prevent either of Austin’s strikes and had little else to do on the night.

Matthew Lowton 4/10 – Making his first Villa appearance of the season, the reasons behind Alan Hutton’s return to the side over the summer became somewhat clearer.

Ron Vlaar 4.5/10 – Failed to live up to his growing reputation, having been culpable for Austin’s first and allowed the striker to get in front of him for the second. He’ll hope Manchester United weren’t watching.

Ciaran Cark 6/10 – Was solid for the most part in deputising for Philippe Senderos, but almost gifted a goal to the home side in the first-half, and had a great chance to make it 1-1 which he fired wide from close range.

Aly Cissokho 6/10 – Wasn’t troubled much on the defensive side but could have offered more in attack, as several of his crosses were poor.

Carlos Sanchez 6.5/10 – Returning to the line-up for the first time since a horror show against Arsenal, the £4.7 million Colombian looked like Villa's best performer, but will have to take the blame for QPR's second, after giving the ball away without any pressure in sight.

Ashley Westwood 6/10 – Was tidy in possession as usual, but really needs to be more incisive going forward.

Tom Cleverley 5.5/10 – Charged with more attacking responsibilities on the left-wing, the Manchester United loanee looked out of his comfort zone before later being shifted back to a central role.

Andreas Weimann 5.5/10 – Was full of running but couldn't make an impact on the game, outside of a couple of tame shots.

Gabby Agbonlahor 5/10 – Paul Lambert decided to experiment with him as a number ten behind Benteke and, unsurprisingly for someone who’s only standout attribute is pace, it didn’t go well.

Christian Benteke 4/10 – Looked like a player who’s just returned from six months out. Hopefully will improve once he has more minutes under his belt.


Joe Cole (Westwood 70) 5/10 – A couple of over hit passes was all he had to show from his 20-minute cameo.

Darren Bent (Weimann 70) 5/10 – It’s hard to tell if he still possesses his old goalscoring instincts with so few opportunities created for him in this Villa side.

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