By Harry Sykes

Ian Holloway has hailed Aston Villa striker Jonathan Kodjia for living up to his transfer fee and wages.

The £15million striker put Holloway’s QPR side to the sword on Tuesday night with the game’s only goal in the 1-0 victory at Villa Park.

It was a seventh goal in seven matches for Kodjia as he kept the faint play-off hopes alive of the Midlands giants.

Holloway has been a critic of Villa this season for failing to justify the transfer fees and salaries given to many of their players, but admitted that the signing from Bristol City last summer is one player who is earning his keep.

“Kodjia cost £15million and he has certainly earned his money against us with two winning goals this season,” said Holloway, as quoted by the BBC Sport website.

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Kodjia has now scored 18 Championship goals from 36 matches this season to fully justify the fee that was a record for the division.

He has been the driving force behind the renaissance of Steve Bruce’s team that has given their long-suffering fans hope of a late promotion surge.

Villa’s win on Tuesday was their fourth in consecutive matches and seventh from eight Championship fixtures.

They are 11th in the league and have narrowed the gap on Sheffield Wednesday in the final play-off position to nine points.

In other Aston Villa transfer news, talks are to get underway as a proven Premier League performer wants to join the Midlands club.

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