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11 April 2012
• Loftus Road Stadium, London
Referee: L. Probert
• Attendance: 17557
Queens Park Rangers
J. Barton 45'+
J. Mackie 55'
A. Buzsaky 67'
This lifts Rangers out of the relegation zone and into safety, at least for now. QPR have won their last 4 games at home and they next entertain a struggling Spurs side. I wouldn't dare predict that one.
No, they can't, and that's FULL TIME! A 3-0 win to QPR and what a performance from Mark Hughes' men. These may prove to be such precious 3 points for Rangers but Brendan Rodgers will be immeasurably disappointed with that scoreline.
90' + 3'
We're into the last 30 seconds now. Can Swansea score a consolation goal?
90' + 1'
The first of three injury time minutes, this. QPR are playing with smiles on their faces and thoroughly enjoying it. My MOTM? Adel Taarabt, who has come off for Tommy Smith.
A couple of normal-time minutes remaining and, one of the linesmen has a little problem with his ankle at the moment. He may have to be repaced by none other than Mr. Mike Dean! Would you Adam-and-Eve it!?
Barton whipped it out to Wright-Philips, who went for the money-shot. 30 yards out, on the volley and, of course, disappointingly wide.
Corner to QPR...they want another one!
QPR are beating Swansea at their own games now, trading intricate little passes in the opposition's final third. Brendan Rodgers' men look sadly disheartened.
It...looks as though Adel Taarabt is finding his Premier League feet and, just in time, too. Mark Hughes will be very, very happy with this, now inevitable, result.
Taarabt, who has had an absolute ball on that front line, whips it in from the left. It eludes everyone apart from Wright-Philips, whose high volley is...well..high, and very wide.
Swansea are looking utterly deflated now. Sinclair is trying to inject a bit of pace down the left but it's bearing a severe lack of fruit; none, in fact.
Yellow Card Samba Diakité
That's a wrap for Buzsaky and Zamora, both of whom have had excellent games. Boothroyd and Shaun Wright-Phillips the replacements stepping in.
Sigurdsson has a snap-shot volley towards goal after a Rangel cross but it comes to nothing and QPR break out YET AGAIN.
Sigurdsson whips in a freekick from the left and Graham heads just over the crossbar. Brendan Rodgers will see that as a very good chance in this match, which is quite rapidly slipping away from him.
Yellow Card Taye Taiwo
Forgot to mention, by the way, that Taye Taiwo momentarily forgot which sport he was playing and completely rugby tackled Danny Graham. Yellow card ahoy, Mr. Probert!
After that, Barton connected unfairly well with a volley outside the area which Vorm palms away. It was sheer power, I'm telling ya..
How did Onuoha miss!??! Zamora dribbles and darts into the penalty area without challenge and after he zips it across goal from the right, Onuoha contrives to slide in and completely fluff his lines. Shouldda been 4.
Assist Adel Taarabt
Goal A. Buzsaky
What a STRIIIIIKE! Taarabt picks it up on the left and pings a pass into Buzsaky in a central position outside the penalty area, who takes a touch and absolutely wallops it into the corner with a bending, swerving shot. 3-0 to the R's!
After a comfortable start, it must be said that Swansea aren't at their fluent best tonight. They haven't enjoyed NEARLY as much possession as they're used to, no thanks to QPR's neat pressing game.
A freekick is punted out towards Bobby Zamora in the Swansea penalty area. The Englishman chests is down to the waiting Joey Barton, who half volleys it a yard or two wide. It is another chance, though and they are building up for QPR now.
Wow, this IS close. A Sigurdsson delivery is headed back across goal by Caulker, which is met fantastically by Clint Hill and the balls shoots out for a corner. Begging to be slotted in, though.
The game is opening up far and wide now, and the tempo has stepped up, too. Each team is building attacks and counter-attacks galore. Decent freekick opportunity now for Swansea on the left...
It does look ever so slightly offside when Mackie picks the ball up, but he has a lot of work to do before shooting. The Scot dribbles past 2 players before shooting in off Rangel - good, solid forward play that.
Assist Anton Ferdinand
Goal Jamie Mackie
A second goal to QPR and this one goes to Jamie Mackie! He picks the ball up in a slightly offside position after a long pass from Ferdinand and hammers it in low and hard, taking a slight nick off Rangel. 2-0.
The match is following in much the same vain as the end of the first half, with QPR pressuring and getting shots off. Diakite is proving to be a valuable anchor in midfield, dictating everything.
Alan Tate gives the ball away needlessly and Buzsaky finds himself in acres of space, so he darts into the area and angles a low shot towards goal, which is deflected to safety.
A stunning effort by Joe Allen from 25 yards out after a meandering run from Steven Caulker. What the defender was doing up there I don't know but Allen's shot stung Paddy Kenny's fingers. Safe keeping, nonetheless.
With the news that Wigan have just taken the lead against Manchester United thanks to a Shaun Maloney strike, Swansea will be hoping they can do the same against their stubborn London hosts.
Dyer nearly makes an instant impact as he muscles his way into the Rangers' penalty area but he is shunned off the ball and it comes to nothing.
Swansea get us underway in the second half and there have been TWO WHOLE Swansea changes. Nathan Dyer is on for Routledge and Alan Tate has come on for Neil Taylor. Going for it?
As it stands QPR are safely sitting in 16th, two points above the relegation zone. Big 45 minutes coming up for Mark Hughes and his team.
Well, that was the change I eluded to. What a strike by Joey Barton and another great delivery by Taarabt to set it up. QPR lead 1-0 going into half-time and that will do Rangers a world of good, not just in terms of this game but possibly even in terms of retaining their Premier League status.
45' + 1'
Goal Joey Barton
GOAL! Joey Barton! A wickedly fierce free kick from Taarabt falls to Barton on the left side of the penalty area who takes a touch and hammers it past Vorm in the Swansea goal. What a strike!
A lively first half and, barring any last-minute changes, a scoreless one.
Quick feet from Routledge produces a Swansea corner, which is beaten out and all of a sudden QPR break with Taarabt leading the attack. The move breaks down, to the tune of a Swansea throw-in, though.
..which Vorm spills and Zamora volleys goalwards, but it's agonisingly wide. Poor shot.
QPR with a big shout for handball, here. Good work from Taarabt as he threads the ball through to Buzsaky, whose shot appears to strike the elbow of a Swan. Nothing doing and it's a corner...
Sigurdsson finds space in the area and turns his man, but the big Icelandic striker's shot is deflected and Rangel connects with the follow-up well! Kenny saves low and to the right.
An uncommon Swansea heave forward sees the ball land to Sinclair in the area, who swivels his man and gets a shot in, only for it to be deflected off Anton Ferdinand. Routledge misses the follow up with a wayward volley.
Both teams battling it out here, trading possession and tackles but none of it meaningful thus far. We're still lacking THE KILLER PASS.
Swansea finding some space now, with Allen and Sigurdsson, in particular, combining well. They need to start putting some shots onto goal now, though.
Swansea are looking a little bit rattled at the moment. Diakite is really leading by example with his pressing game; even Barton's going for it!
Taarabt pulls a rangy corner back to Barton on the edge of the penalty area but Joey's shot goes high and wide.
It must be said - however good Swansea are in possession, Rangers are doing a sterling job of pressing the Swans at the moment. They aren't being given an inch.
Taiwo tries to make some headway down the QPR left. Swansea are being hemmed in here!
Rangers are having more shots on goal at the moment. Brendan Rodgers' side are giving the hoops too much space in the middle of the park. Mind you, Diakite is basically flying across the pitch, winning challenges.
Another Onuoha dart down the right sees the ball fall to Zamora in the penalty area, who holds it up and shifts it to Mackie, whose sidefooted shot slides along the ground into Vorm's arms. Golden chance, that one.
Taarabt collects the ball in a world of space in the Swansea penalty area, to the disgust of Brendan Rodgers, and the Moroccan's step overs fool Ashley Williams, but also himself and he trips and it comes to nothing.
...which, comes to nothing.
Onuoha loops another cross into the box. Bashed out for a corner...
Sinclair goes oh so close here. A corner is jumbled about in the six-yard box and the Englishman tries to poke it goalwards at the near post. Kenny there just in time, though.
Unsurprisingly, Swansea are enjoying the lion-share of possession. Allen, Sigurdsson and Britton are playing with excellent little triangles.
If Mark Hughes is looking for a win, which he is, he'll need Bobby Zamora to hold up the ball more than he is at the moment. The England international isn't getting a look in.
Again Rangel finds space down the right but his cross loops out for a goal kick.
Both sides displaying an affection for 'lumping it forward' at the moment. There are goals in this yet, though.
Good chance this one. Barton threads a ball through to Onuoha down the right, whose low cross found Taarabt at the front post. The Moroccan's low shot was saved well by Vorm. Taarabt was offside anyhow.
Swansea are getting to the byline with consummate ease here at Loftus Road, with Rangel in particular finding space down the right.
Both sides feeling each other out but there is a lot of space in the middle of the park. Long shots a-plenty, in other words. Graham has just fired wide from 35 yards.
After picking up the ball about 25 yards out on the right side, Buzsaky rifles a volley goalwards, but it drifts inches wide. Close for the hoops.
Rangel loops the ball into the area and Paddy Kenny has to be careful not to spill that one. No problem for the Rangers keeper.
QPR get us underway in their blue and white hoops!
Swansea are currently on a run of three straight league defeats and boss Brendan Rodgers believes his side need "one more win" to be 100% sure of survival.
Rangers have alternated between victory and defeat in their last five league games. Inconsistent.
We're a matter of minutes away from kick-off in London.
Relegation-threatened QPR really need a victory tonight and with Swansea registering NO wins in their history at Loftus Road, is this a forgone conclusion?
Swansea lineup: Vorm; Williams, Taylor, Caulker, Britton, Graham, Sinclair, Routledge, Rangel, Allen, Sigurdsson. And Subs: Tremmel; Tate, Dyer, Monk, McEachran, Moore, Gower.
Here is your Ranger lineup: Kenny; Diakite, Hill, Taarabt, Mackie, Buzsaky, Barton, Taiwo, Ferdinand, Onuoha, Zamora. And Subs: Cerny; Gabbidon, Campbell, Bothroyd, Young, Smith, Wright-Phillips.
Good evening and welcome to Goal.com's live commentary of QPR vs. Swansea at Loftus Road. I'm James Burford and I'll be doing your play-by-play.
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