Watch Aston Villa 3-3 QPR match highlights [VIDEO]

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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 Tuesday's 3-3 draw denied Rangers the chance to leapfrog Villa and dump them into the Barclays 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 told Sky Sports: "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."

Benteke has seven goals in his last seven games and boss Sherwood has been left baffled why Villa struggled for goals before he replaced Paul Lambert in February.

He said: "I can't understand why this team only scored 12 goals before I came to the club – it's a head scratcher really.

"Maybe that's the only reason they've only won three times here this season. It's incredible for players with that sort of strike rate."

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 leveled 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: "It's a long time, it's a heart attack time for managers, that. You know there's a chance anything can happen, a free-kick, a corner or a bit of magic.

"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. But before the game if someone said we'd get four points from the last two games we probably would have taken that."

Rangers host Chelsea on Sunday before welcoming West Ham and Newcastle to Loftus Road, and Ramsey is eyeing some home points.

He said: "I don't know what we need but we're probably going to have to win three games. I don't know what the points total will be but our two home games are going to be very important after Chelsea.

"We have got a couple of very difficult ones in Liverpool and Manchester City and then we have the potential cup final against Leicester on the last day of the season.

"Most teams would take being in it right to the end and then roll the dice, you don't want to start being detached because it's a big mountain to climb."

Meanwhile, claims Carles Gil left Villa Park after not being named in the matchday squad are unfounded.

The Aston Villa midfielder was pitchside before the game and watched the match in the players' box.

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