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4 vs 1
QPR
QPR
Played
February 9, 2013 8:30 PM IST
Liberty Stadium — Swansea
Referee:‬ N. Swarbrick‎
Attendance:‬ 20529‎
 
8′ Michu
B. Zamora 48′
 
 
67′ Michu
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Swansea 4-1 QPR

Michael Laudrup's side dismantled the visitors during a superb display at the Liberty Stadium, with the Spanish trio of Michu, Pablo Hernandez and Angel Rangel grabbing the goals

By James McManus

  • Michel Vorm
    1
    3
    2.50

    Michel Vorm

    A mere spectator in the first half with the hosts so dominant and QPR rarely getting out of their own half, but did not get enough on his save to push Taarabt's effort into a safe area for Zamora's goal.

  • Chico
    4
    0
    3.00

    Chico

    Moved the ball around the back four well and got it forward quickly but was stretchered off after picking up an Achilles injury in the first half.

  • Ashley Williams
    4
    0
    3.00

    Ashley Williams

    His raking passing from deep is an underrated tool in the team's armoury, while he provided a threat from set-pieces with his movement. Lucky not to concede a penalty after catching an Mbia strike with his hand.

  • Ángel Rangel
    4
    0
    3.50

    Ángel Rangel

    His darting run down the right saw him rewarded for his adventure with a goal after poking home a rebound after seeing his initial effort saved.

  • Ben Davies
    4
    0
    3.00

    Ben Davies

    Very comfortable in possession and given license to roam forward which he used to good effect, often linking up well with Hernandez. An errant and wayward ball quickly led to QPR's goal, though and he needs to strike that balance in the future.

  • Michu
    15
    0
    4.50

    Michu Top of the Match

    Without a goal in his last six outings, the Spaniard's was quickest to react and turn home the opener in the first 10 minutes before he latched on to a through ball to clip home a classy second after a flowing team move.

  • Pablo Hernández
    5
    0
    4.00

    Pablo Hernández

    Drifted in off the left flank and was direct with his running and general play causing all sorts of problems for Onuoha, with his excellent close control leading to a fantastic third goal for his side. Played a superb through ball for Michu's second goal.

  • Nathan Dyer
    4
    0
    3.50

    Nathan Dyer

    Lively in the opening 10 minutes and his strike from outside the box led to the opening goal through Michu. A willing runner in behind and around the box throughout.

  • Wayne Routledge
    4
    0
    3.50

    Wayne Routledge

    Played an absolute peach of a defence-splitting pass for Rangel's goal down the right flank and made the most of his pace and movement from a central position before being taken off just after the hour mark.

  • Jonathan De Guzmán
    4
    0
    3.00

    Jonathan De Guzmán

    The most direct one of the midfield trio and capable of hitting powerful strikes from distance, but not afraid to stick his foot in when it was required either.

  • Sung-Yong Ki
    8
    0
    3.00

    Sung-Yong Ki

    Kept things ticking over with his neat and probing passing game, rarely wasting possession. His powerful running proved a real for the opposition headache to handle too.

Substitutions

  • Kyle Bartley
    3
    0
    3.00

    Kyle Bartley

    Settled in alongside Williams well and helped to clear an Mbia effort off the line in a frantic second half, but a touch wasteful when on the ball.

  • Kemy Agustien
    3
    0
    3.00

    Kemy Agustien

    Introduced to combat the visitors switch in formation and change in personnel to add more steel to a midfield that was in danger of being over run.

  • Julio César
    3
    7
    1.50

    Julio César Flop of the Match

    Should have done a lot better with Michu's goal, failing to push away Dyer's strike with any real conviction, and the same accusation could be made of Angel Rangel's second. His distribution also left a lot to be desired at times.

  • Armand Traoré
    0
    4
    2.50

    Armand Traoré

    Disappeared defensively for Swansea's secong goal after being caught too high up the pitch and gave Dyer too much room to manoeuvre down the right.

  • Clint Hill
    2
    2
    2.00

    Clint Hill

    Guilty of being drawn to the ball too high up the pitch at times, leaving plenty of space for Swansea to expose behind him, with his lack of technique also hindering him in several situations.

  • Nedum Onuoha
    0
    4
    2.50

    Nedum Onuoha

    Struggled on occasion when both Hernandez and Davies attacked down the left in tandem, with a lack of support from Taarabt ahead of him defensively. Hernandez beat him far too easily for the third goal.

  • Christopher Samba
    1
    3
    2.50

    Christopher Samba

    Lucky not to be handed an early red card for fouling Michu when a ball was played in behind the back four, and had a hard time trying to control the team's defensive line. Lost Michu for Swansea's fourth by stepping up too high.

  • Shaun Derry
    3
    1
    3.00

    Shaun Derry

    Given the shielding role just in front of the back four and while he was somewhat limited in his ambition, he covered the pitch well.

  • Adel Taarabt
    5
    0
    3.00

    Adel Taarabt

    As usual, the mercurial Moroccan was full of flicks and tricks when the ball came his way, but was left isolated by a lack of service in the first half, but his strike led to Zamora's goal after a fine interception and driving run.

  • Jermaine Jenas
    0
    5
    2.50

    Jermaine Jenas

    On his first top flight start in 14 months, he was anonymous at times in the middle of the park and shrugged off the ball far too easily.

  • Andros Townsend
    1
    3
    2.50

    Andros Townsend

    Caught in possession frequently and ran down a number of blind alleys, looking well short of full match fitness as the game wore on.

  • Stéphane M'Bia
    6
    0
    3.00

    Stéphane M'Bia

    Combative and energetic, putting pressure on the Swansea midfield, but lacked support to make his work more effective. Unfortunate not to win a penalty after the break when Williams blocked

  • Jamie Mackie
    1
    4
    2.50

    Jamie Mackie

    Forced to drop deeper by Traore's forward runs and should have done more to prevent Routledge's ball in behind him for the second goal.

Substitutions

  • Shaun Wright-Phillips
    3
    1
    3.00

    Shaun Wright-Phillips

    The pacy winger was brought on to add more width to the shape of the side, but lack the necessary service to have any sort of telling impact in the final third.

  • Esteban Granero
    6
    1
    3.00

    Esteban Granero

    The classy midfielder helped the side wrestle control of possession for longer spells than they were capable of in the first half.

  • B. Zamora
    5
    1
    3.50

    B. Zamora

    Helped haul his side back into the game after poking the ball home after coming on at the break as a substitute, following up Taarabt's strike sharply.

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