In a game which six Villa players were booked and Armand Traore for the home side dismissed for a second yellow it was fitting that the first goal should be a penalty.
The game was scoreless at the break with QPR much the better side but failing to convert their dominance into goals, whilst Villa offered little up front.
Yet just before the hour mark it was the visitor’s who took a surprise lead as Traore pulled back Gabriel Agbonlahor and Barry Bannan made no mistake from the spot kick.
Villa were a different team in the second half and looked to have clinched the three points, particularly after the dismissal, until deep into injury time Heidar Helguson’s cross hit the unfortunate Richard Dunne and bounced into goal.
Villa have now drawn more games this season than any other team in the top flight and a QPR player has yet to score at home this season after the late own goal.
Referee: Michael Oliver
Venue: Loftus Road
Villa scorers: Bannan pen 58,
Yellow cards: Agbonlahor (AV), Warnock (AV), Hutton (AV), Collins (AV), Petrov (AV)
Red Card: Traore (QPR)