IAN Holloway is confident QPR can turn things around despite watching his side suffer a second 1-0 home defeat in the space of five days.
Yet another penalty save from Alex Smithies – keeping out Jonathan Kodjia’s first-half spot-kick – looked like earning Rangers a point, but Kodjia made amends with what proved to be the winner 15 minutes from time.
“Things aren’t going for us,” Holloway told www.qpr.co.uk. “This level is so tough; you get punished.
“Everything we try; everything we do - we're getting better. And then we get a big punch. Two games in a row now.
“Did we deserve that? No I don't think we did.
“I couldn't have asked for much more from the lads. They gave me everything.
“There were plenty of positives. We pressed, we closed, we competed well, but we need to start scoring.
“The save from Alex should’ve given us the impetus. It was a brilliant save.
“We got a little bit deeper than I’d have liked. And in the box we didn’t make it count.”
At the other end, Rangers struggled to test Villa goalkeeper Mark Bunn.
Pawel Wszolek was denied by Bunn early on, but after that was left relatively untroubled much to the frustration of the R’s boss.
“That’s no goals in three games and that’s got to change,” he said. “We’ve tried different formations and players. We’ve got to be stronger than we are.”
One positive was the return of Jamie Mackie, who came off the bench late on for his first appearance after eight months out with injury.
“I thought Mackie came on and helped,” he said.
"He made a difference with his positivity. He gave us a spark.”