Djibril Cisse
By Alistair Magowan BBC Sport

Aston Villa recovered from two goals down to draw with Queens Park Rangers as Djibril Cisse scored on his debut.

Having signed on Tuesday from Lazio, the French striker fired in after a blocked Shaun Wright-Phillips shot.

Stephen Warnock scored a bizarre own goal from Taye Taiwo’s cross to double the lead, before Darren Bent pulled one back from Alan Hutton’s centre.

Villa bossed the second half and grabbed a second when Charles N’Zogbia volleyed in Stiliyan Petrov’s cross.

Having spluttered through the first half, Villa almost completed a superb turnaround but were prevented by some last-ditch QPR defending.

Tommy Smith denied Darren Bent on the line, while Paddy Kenny was called into action on several occasions as the hosts looked a completely different team after the break.

But with his side having failed to win any of their previous five home games, McLeish will be at least thankful he got a response after the visitors dominated the opening period.

More to follow.

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (4)

Aston Villa

  • 01 Given
  • 02 Hutton
  • 03 Warnock
  • 05 Dunne
  • 21 Clark (Bannan – 70′ )
  • 24 Cuellar
  • 07 Ireland
  • 10 N’Zogbia
  • 19 Petrov
  • 09 Bent
  • 20 Keane


  • 22 Guzan
  • 30 Lichaj
  • 32 Baker
  • 25 Bannan
  • 38 Gardner
  • 18 Heskey
  • 26 Weimann

Queens Park Rangers

  • 01 Kenny
  • 18 Young Booked
  • 34 Taiwo
  • 35 Ferdinand
  • 42 Onuoha
  • 04 Derry (Ephraim – 73′ )
  • 17 Barton
  • 32 Wright-Phillips
  • 12 Mackie
  • 20 Hulse (Smith – 54′ )
  • 23 Cisse (Macheda – 81′ )


  • 24 Cerny
  • 03 Hill
  • 05 Hall
  • 25 Ephraim
  • 21 Smith
  • 33 Macheda
  • 46 Balanta
Ref: Swarbrick
Att: 32,063

Match Stats

Possession30%70%95minsAston VillaQueens Park Rangers


23 3

On target

15 3


9 3


3 12

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:08The referee blows for the end of the match.90:00 +2:29The referee blows for offside. Richard Dunne takes the free kick.

90:00 +1:48Charles N’Zogbia takes a shot. Nedum Onuoha gets a block in. Shot by Stephen Warnock from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.

90:00 +0:10Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Anton Ferdinand by Charles N’Zogbia. Direct free kick taken by Patrick Kenny.

88:49The referee blows for offside against Darren Bent. Patrick Kenny restarts play with the free kick.

86:42Inswinging corner taken by Joey Barton, save by Shay Given.

85:31Shot by Charles N’Zogbia from 20 yards. Patrick Kenny makes a save. Corner taken left-footed by Barry Bannan from the left by-line, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Richard Dunne misses to the left of the goal.

82:56Headed effort from inside the area by Richard Dunne misses to the right of the target.

82:10Corner taken left-footed by Charles N’Zogbia from the left by-line, Darren Bent takes a shot. Tommy Smith gets a block in. Corner from the right by-line taken by Barry Bannan, clearance made by Anton Ferdinand.

81:58Charles N’Zogbia takes a shot. Blocked by Anton Ferdinand.

81:07Joey Barton concedes a free kick for a foul on Alan Hutton. Barry Bannan crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right by-line.

80:18 SubstitutionSubstitution Federico Macheda is brought on as a substitute for Djibril Cisse.

78:05Stiliyan Petrov provided the assist for the goal.

78:05 Goal scoredGoal – Charles N’Zogbia – A Villa 2 – 2 QPR Charles N’Zogbia gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Aston Villa 2-2 QPR.

78:03Stiliyan Petrov delivers the ball,

76:38Anton Ferdinand challenges Stephen Ireland unfairly and gives away a free kick. Barry Bannan fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

73:26The referee blows for offside. Patrick Kenny restarts play with the free kick.

72:16Patrick Kenny takes the free kick.

72:16 SubstitutionSubstitution (QPR) makes a substitution, with Hogan Ephraim coming on for Shaun Derry.

72:16The assistant referee signals for offside against Darren Bent.