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Friday 9 December 2016

Christian Benteke insisted Aston Villa's point against QPR is vital after his hat-trick saved Tim Sherwood's side from the bottom three.

Christian Benteke insisted Aston Villa's point against QPR is vital after his hat-trick saved Tim Sherwood's side from the bottom three.

The striker's treble in last night's 3-3 draw denied Rangers the chance to leapfrog Villa and dump them into the s Premier League relegation zone. Instead, Villa are three points above the bottom three and Rangers are two points from safety.

It was Benteke's first hat-trick for Villa for two years - since a 6-1 win over Sunderland in April 2013 - but despite failing to win, the Belgium international believes the point can be key.

He said: "Of course we wanted more than a point. It is always nice to get a hat-trick but it is shame we didn't get the three points. I think we deserved three points - we were better than them.

"We know it is a hard situation and that every point is crucial. We have just got to keep fighting. Every game in England is hard. But we are going to fight until the end."

Matt Phillips opened the scoring for Rangers before Benteke struck back twice but Clint Hill and Charlie Austin put QPR 3-2 up with 12 minutes left.

Benteke levelled five minutes later when he curled in a 25-yard free-kick after Charles N'Zogbia was fouled.

Rangers had won just their second away game of the season after Saturday's 4-1 victory at West Brom and boss Chris Ramsey wished they could have held on after Austin's goal.

He said: "I thought we could (hang on) but a free-kick is a free-kick, at that stage most of their attacking options had been exhausted.

"I'm disappointed if I'm being honest."

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