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Premier League

  • 27 December 2011
  • • 17:00
  • • Liberty Stadium, Swansea
  • Referee: L. Probert
  • • Attendance: 19530

Swansea City 1-1 QPR: Jamie Mackie nets second-half leveller to deny Swans victory after Danny Graham opener

Swansea City 1-1 QPR: Jamie Mackie nets second-half leveller to deny Swans victory after Danny Graham opener

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The London side managed to grab a well-deserved point against a poor Swans outfit to give themselves a three-point cushion two places above the relegation zone

QPR grabbed a deserved point against Swansea to lift themselves three points clear of the relegation zone.

The Swans led at half time thanks to a fine drive from Danny Graham before Jamie Mackie helped his side to a share of the points in the second half.

The game between two sides who were playing in England's second-tier last season, began in a very attacking manner. Graham managed to latch onto a Joe Allen corner kick only to see it cleared by the Queens Park Rangers defence before the striker just failed to meet Wayne Routledge's curling cross.

Therefore it was no surprise when the Swans notched the opener in the 14th minute. Graham received Routledge's chipped pass before curling an unbelievable drive into the bottom right-hand corner.

Ex-Newcastle man Joey Barton almost got the equaliser for the visitors only minutes later when his thunderous 25-yard strike was palmed over by Dutch international keeper Michel Vorm.

Allen's corner for the Swans saw Ashley Williams head an effort a little wide of the goal only to see Danny Graham poke a cheeky effort into the sidenetting. Graham was back in action not soon after when he impressively held off Fitz Hall but saw his low drive saved by QPR's Paddy Kenny.

QPR mounted a frenzied attack in the closing moments of the first half, Luke Young's clever cross successfully found Heidar Helguson in the box, but the Icelandic striker's header narrowly flew over the crossbar from eight yards out.

The 24-year- old went close to equalising again when he nodded over an impressive, if not a little fortunate, Joey Barton ball.

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Queens Park Rangers entered the second half as the more impressive team, with Taarabt showing off his skills by exchanging passes with Barton before drilling a fierce shot wide of the Swansea goal.

The Londoners then drew one back with just over half an hour to go when Paddy Kenny cranked a long ball upfield and, after a shambolic defensive error from Swansea's Leon Britton, Jamie Mackie ran through before lifting the ball over Vorm to grab the equaliser.

Swansea were lucky not to concede another goal only minutes after conceding when Michel Vorm produced a miraculous save from another Mackie effort.

With 18 minutes left to run, Swansea were very unlucky not to have been awarded a penalty when Armand Traore was taken down by Danny Graham, only to see referee Lee Probert wave play onward.

Taarabt was straight up the other end moments later and struck a marvellous 25 yard effort towards the bottom corner only to see Vorm palm the ball away to keep Swansea level.

Despite a very promising first half from the Welsh side, Swansea's poor last 45 minutes saw them deserve only a point against a strong QPR side, who are now sitting comfortably above the Premier League relegation zone.

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