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Sunday 09 March 2014

On this day in 1996: Yorke stars in thriller at Villa

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall Aston Villa coming from behind to beat QPR

  • Two goals from Dwight Yorke helped fourth-placed Aston Villa beat QPR 4-2 at Villa Park

  • Savo Milosevic also got on the scoresheet as Villa came from 2-1 down to win

  • Goals from Kevin Gallen and Danny Dichio (pictured) gave QPR a 2-1 lead

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

9 March 1996: Aston Villa 4-2 Queens Park Rangers

Dwight Yorke scored twice as Aston Villa hit back from 2-1 down to beat QPR and leave the visitors in the Barclays Premier League relegation zone.

Yorke took his season’s tally of Barclays Premier League goals to 15 and Savo Milosevic was also on target, while a Steve Yates own goal completed the comeback.

Danny Dichio and Kevin Gallen had put the visitors ahead but the defeat was their ninth in 11 league matches.

Milosevic opened the scoring in the 17th minute when he eluded three defenders to collect a pass from Yorke and drive it past QPR keeper Jurgen Sommer.

Rangers’ best player was Trevor Sinclair and he helped get them back into the match five minutes into the second half as his cross was only half-cleared by Paul McGrath and Dichio hammered in his ninth goal of the season. Just before the hour, the visitors went ahead as Villa goalkeeper Mark Bosnich failed to hold on to a shot from David Bardsley and Gallen scored from the rebound.

Villa looked stunned but levelled in the 65th minute when Yorke met Gary Charles’ cross with an overhead kick. In the 80th minute Yorke headed the hosts back into the lead from Mark Draper’s centre before Julian Joachim’s effort went in off Yates to seal the victory late on.

Villa stayed fourth in the table and QPR remained in 19th after the match, and those were their finishing positions at the end of the season. Rangers’ relegation ended a 13-year stay in the top flight.

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Key Points

  • Premierleague.com looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember when Dwight Yorke starred in a 4-2 success for high-flying Aston Villa against QPR