QPR 0-5 Swansea: Michu & Dyer on the double as Laudrup gets off to dream start
In his first game in charge, Michael Laudrup's side delivered a virtuoso performance to temporarily put to bed any fears about the club in their second season in the top flight
By James McManus
Swansea City delivered a dominant and hugely impressive display to run out 5-0 winners against a deeply out-of-sorts QPR side at Loftus Road, in a game which saw Michu and Nathan Dyer strike doubles.
With a quick tempo to the opening few minutes, it was the Swans who struck the first blow, with the new signing's strike from the edge of the box finding a way past Robert Green, before he added another sandwiched between two from the midfielder.
The game became more stretched from then on and the hosts were beginning to tire in the heat, but there was enough time for Dyer complete a double, while substitute Scott Sinclair made it five.
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QPR manager Mark Hughes rang the changes as he sought to make his mark on the team after a busy summer off the pitch in the transfer market, with Robert Green, Fabio, Junior Hoilett and new captain Park Ji-Sung all handed their competitive first-team debuts, while Samba Diakite started in midfield having made his move from Nancy permanent in the summer.
Swansea boss Michael Laudrup handed Chico his debut at the heart of the back four with Jonathan De Guzman and the exciting Michu coming into midfield alongside Leon Britton. The surprising news of the day saw Scott Sinclair start the game on the bench.
With both sides enjoying some of the ball in the early stages, it was the visitors who struck first early on, just eight minutes in, with new boy Michu putting Laudrup's side ahead.
After repelling a flowing Swansea attack, courtesy of a sliding tackle from Hill, the ball popped out on to the edge of the box to the top goalscoring midfielder in La Liga last season, who drove an effort first time with his left foot which slid underneath the body of Green, with the goalkeeper culpable.
The hosts responded well, though, and went close just moments later when Hoilett picked the ball up on the right flank and ran at Chico, twisting and turning him inside out before curling an effort just wide of the right-hand post with Vorm well beaten, while Taarabt had a few efforts blocked from distance.
A rare error from Vorm almost gifted QPR an equaliser, when after a spell of concerted pressure in the opposition's half, Fabio clipped a delightful ball over the top which Hoilett got in between Vorm and Taylor, but his diving header just fell wide, with the Dutch goalkeeper in no-man’s land.
With an equaliser looking more likely than a second goal for Swansea, Taarabt went close again after shaking Britton on the edge of the box before trying to curl the ball into the bottom right corner, but Vorm managed to get a fingertip to it to tip it round the post.
The second half began in the same vein, with end-to-end action on a hot, sunny afternoon at Loftus Road. Hoilett had a penalty claim in the opening minute of the period turned down, after he went down very easily under pressure from Rangel, while Michu's diving header at the other end went close.
But it was Swansea who got that crucial second goal, though, and that man Michu again popped up with the strike in the 53rd minute, in what was quickly turning into a dream debut for the Spaniard.
After Cisse's poor lay-off up the other end of the pitch, the visitors broke at pace, with Routledge driving at the heart of the back four before laying the ball inside the box to Michu on the run, and much like his first goal, who hit it first time, bending it brilliantly into the top left-hand corner.
With the onus now on Mark Hughes' side to come out and try and get a goal, Swansea broke again, with Routledge once again setting up Dyer to coolly slot home past Green in the 61st minute after being put through one-on-one with the QPR back four all over the place.
With the heat really getting to the hosts, Swansea soon made it four, with Dyer again among the goals, after latching on to substitute Kemmy Agustien's chipped ball over the top, before bringing it down superbly and slotting it home past Green in the 71st minute.
But the away side were not done there and they delivered an emphatic finish to cap an astonishing game, with Sinclair, on as a sub, pouncing on yet another self-inflicted defensive error from QPR at the back to finish with an accurate left-foot finish into the far corner in the 81st minute.
With Hughes seething on the sidelines, Danny Graham went close to making it six with a deft header after a neatly worked corner, but the final whistle spared them any further embarrassment on what represented the worst possible start to the season for them as they were out-classed by Laudrup's slick side.
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