Debutant Djibril Cisse only needed 12 minutes to open his account for the London club, before a Stephen Warnock own goal doubled Mark Hughes’ side’s advantage.
However Villa fought back bravely, with Darren Bent and Charles N’Zogbia on target to ensure that the Midlands club didn’t end up empty-handed.
Despite being two goals to the good, visiting manager Mark Hughes was pleased with the point.
“They scored just before half-time and that gave them a lift, but in the first half I thought we were good value for our win and we created a lot chances,” the recently appointed coach told Sky Sports.
“Credit to the guys, I thought they stuck at it and worked their socks off but Villa are a good side, when they have Keane and the like coming into those spaces just off the front.
“It was a difficult night and we stuck at it, and before the game if you said we would have got a point here, we would have taken that,” he admitted.
Sparky was also full of praise for new boy Cisse, who put in an impressive performance in his first appearance for The Hoops.
“He’s a quality player and that’s why I brought him to the club because I know that he can threaten in behind.
“He’s a threat and will give that to us once we understand his strengths and he understands the strengths of the team, and the different qualities his team-mates have.
“We will get the best out of him on the training ground as well. So it’s about making sure we put the work in to exploit the great talent he has,” Hughes concluded.
QPR host Wolves next on Saturday, whilst Villa travel to take on Newcastle on Sunday.
By Gareth McKnight