Ian Holloway was in two minds whether to bring on a defensive midfielder and protect the QPR point that was there's until the 75th minute.
That was the moment Villa's Jonathan Kodija smashed a shot through Alex Smithies' at his nearside for the winner.
The Rangers boss demurred on hanging on to what they held until then fearful of the message it would send to the rest of the side.
"What does that say about us if I do that?" he offered. "I could have brought on a Sandro or an Ariel (Borysiuk) but we wanted the three points."
Rangers are pointless in five, with only one goal to show for their fruitless efforts - and Ollie reckons Hoops can't buy a win right now.
He did add the return of midfielder Jamie Mackie for his first senior outing since April 5 following an ankle injury was one of the few positives.
"He (Mackie) can teach the others. He can be an influence," the manager added.
Holloway was none too enamoured with the Villa penalty they fluffed in the first half when Smithies made his seventh 12-yard save from nine in Hoops colours.
"It was soft," said the manager. "We should have had one too, but I can't fault the lads. But where the heads on the end of our crosses today?"