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February 9, 2013
• Liberty Stadium, Swansea
Referee: N. Swarbrick
• Attendance: 20529
Michu 8', 67'
Àngel Rangel 18'
Pablo Hernández 50'
Queens Park Rangers
B. Zamora 48'
Thank you for tuning in for Goal.com's LIVE! text commentary from the Liberty Stadium tonight. Join us again as we bring you the latest from all the biggest games across Europe. Until next time, I've been Theo Squires, thank you and goodbye.
It wasn't all good news for Michael Laudrup however as Chico, Wayne Routledge and Michu all went off carrying injuries. QPR meanwhile remain bottom of the table ahead of next week's clash with league leaders Manchester United.
Full time. Swansea City 4-1 QPR. A deserved victory for the Swans. They dominated the match from start to finish. Goalkeeping errors from Julio Cesar saw Michael Laudrup's men go in at the break 2-0 up thanks to strikes from Michu and Angel Rangel. Bobby Zamora came on at the interval and gave QPR a glimmer of hope, reacting quickest to a mistake from Vorm to tap home, but his strike turned out to only be a consolation as Pablo Hernandez quickly restored Swansea's two goal lead after a third Cesar error. Michu wrapped things up with a delightful finish midway through the second half as the Swans leapfrog Liverpool in seventh place.
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Zamora chips the ball forward to Wright-Phillips. The diminutive winger accrobatically volley's the ball first time and is unlucky to see his effort cannon back off the crossbar.
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Three minutes added on...
Taarabt dinks the ball forward to Zamora. The England international attempts to square the ball to M'bia, but Vorm is quick off his line and smothers the loose ball.
Pablo Hernandez is currently down for Swansea. Looks like he's been elbowed in the face by M'bia. Certainly looks more deliberate than his earlier attempt on Ki.
After taking the ball off both Taarabt and Granero, I doubt M'bia will be allowed to take the next free-kick. His effort was awful as it rolled across the ground into the wall.
Free-kick to QPR after M'bia is nudged down by Ki. Dangerous position this. M'bia to take...
Luke Moore is preparing to come on for Michu. It doesn't look too serious but the Spaniard is limping. He doesn't want to take any chances. All three Swansea changes today have been forced because of injury.
Michu is indicating that he needs to come off. Bad news for Michael Laudrup.
Adel Taarabt comes close to pulling back another game for QPR as he cuts in from the left before curling an effort at goal, however his effort from distance drifts just narrowly wide.
De Guzman's corner is long. It falls to Hernandez at the far post who cuts in before firing a shot at goal. His effort is blocked however.
Corner to Swansea as Clint Hill is forced to head the ball behind.
Wright-Phillips does come on. He replaces the quiet Jermaine Jenas.
GOAL! 4-1 Swansea. Michu again. Hernandez plays another magnificent through ball forward behind Samba for the Spaniard to run on to. He takes a touch before poking it past Cesar with the outside of his left foot. Will he get a hattrick?
Shaun Wright-Phillips is preparing to come on as QPR plan to make their final change.
Wayne Routledge is withdrawn as Kemy Agustien makes his return fom injury, coming on in his place. It looks like a hamstring injury for Routledge. Will it rule him out of the Wembley cup final?
Routledge is struggling out there. Doesn't look like he'll be able to carry on much longer. Michael Laudrup will be left feel frustrated by all these injuries.
Zamora is furious. QPR should have a penalty after Ashley Williams used his arm to block Zamora's shot in the penalty area. M'bia played on and volleyed an effort at goal which Bartley cleared off the line, but it was still handball by WIllianms. Harry Redknapp's side can feel hard done by by that. End-to-end stuff at the moment. Zamora's introduction has really improved the Hoops.
This game should be as good as over now. QPR's faint glimmer of hope of comeback was quickly extinguished by Hernandez's goal. Having said that the Hoops aren't rolling over as they press forward, looking for a way back into the game.
Swansea nearly make it four as Routledge finds himself one-on-one after Ki's clever through ball allows him to run behind Clint Hill. However, Cesar is quick off his line and manages to block the winger's effort across goal.
GOAL! 3-1 Swansea. Hernandez. Michu receives the ball on the edge of the QPR area before chipping the ball outwide to Hernandez. He bamboozles his way through two QPR challenges, before getting to the by-line and attempting to square the ball. He catches everyone, including Julio Cesar, off guard, as the ball rolls kindly across goal into the bottom keeper. It is either a fantastic piece of skill or a fluke from Hernandez. Either way Cesar should do better.
GOAL! 2-1. Zamora. QPR are back in it. Adel Taarabt steals the ball off Ben Davies before firing an early shot at goal. Vorm gets down to save it, but his clearance is poor as he cushions it out to Zamora who is on hand to tap home. Instant impact from the sub. Game on.
Derry comes off for Granero.
Mackie comes off for Zamora.
QPR kick off the second half and play it straight back to Cesar. Under pressure from Michu, his clearance is poor and actually goes behind for a Swansea corner. The set-piece comes to nothing however as Zamora clears.
Double substitution for QPR at the break...
Stay tuned for all the action from the second half coming LIVE! from the Liberty Stadium.
Michu gave his side the lead early on with his 17th strike of the season, and his first league goal since before Christmas, before Angel Rangel doubled Swansea's lead. QPR are the lowest scorers in the division and are yet to come from behind to win a game this season. It is going to take something special from Harry Redknapp during the interval if that is about to change.
Half-time here at the Liberty Stadium with the scores Swansea City 2-0 Queens Park Rangers. It is nothing more than the Swans deserve. QPR have offered virtually nothing while Michael Laudrup's men have been impressive.
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Yellow CardBen Davies
Ben Davies goes into the book after his late challenge catches Traore.
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Yellow CardArmand Traoré
Traore is then booked as Neil Swarbrick cautions him for an earlier incident.
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Michel Vorm just exchanged passes with Kyle Bartley. I believe that might have been the Dutchman's first touch in open play this afternoon. That says it all about QPR's performance so far.
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Ki is currently down after M'bia accidently catches him in the face with his arm.
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Four minutes added on...
De Guzman plays is short to Routledge before whipping in the ball to Michu. The Spaniard can't turn however and QPR get it away.
Hill blocks an attempted Hernandez cross as Swansea win another corner.
Yellow CardAdel Taarabt
Taarabt is booked for dissent after kicking the ball away. He gets into a scuffle with De Guzman as teammates step in to split up the pair.
Harry Redknapp looks furious with his defenders on the sidelines. Clint Hill is caught in possession by Michu, as the ball falls kindly to Dyer, allowing the winger a free run on goal. However, fortunately for QPR, the linesman's flag is up for offside.
Ben Davies crosses the ball into the box to Michu. The Spaniard hits it first time, but his effort is blocked by Clint Hill.
Chico is stretchered off to a standing ovation as Bartley comes on to replace the injured Spaniard. The former Arsenal man is making his Premier League debut, as Swansea fans pray that Chico's injury won't be serious enough to rule him out of the Capital One Cup final.
Chico is currently down injured after a challenge from M'bia as play is stopped. Kyle Bartley is warming up on the sidelines just in case a change is needed.
Free kick to QPR after Ki clips Taarabt. Samab and Onuoha run forward as the Hoops search for a way back into the game. Taarabt takes the set-piece but Swansea manage to clear.
The game has settled down a bit now. QPR have not come from behind to win a game yet this season as there doesn't look any danger of that changing today. Swansea are continuing to be patient on the ball and even though we're only less than half an hour into this fixture, this already seems like it could be game over.
Swansea are not happy with the matchball, with Chico leading the complaints. We've already had one change of ball this afternoon, and now we're about to have a second.
It remains all Swansea and you can forgive QPR fans if they are fearful of another heavy defeat at the hands of their South Wales counterparts.
GOAL! 2-0 Swansea. Angel Rangel the scorer this time. A fantastic passing move from the Swans ends with Wayne Routledge feeding Rangel with a perfectly weighted through ball. The full back cuts in before shooting at goal. Cesar manages to block his effort, but the rebound falls kindly to Rangel as he finds the back of the net at the second attempt. It's nothing more than Swansea deserve.
A rare attack for QPR as they venture into the Swansea defensive third for the first time this afternoon. Taarabt picks the ball up wide on the right and plays it forward to Townsend. The Tottenham loanee crosses the ball in search of M'bia, but Williams does well to clear it away.
Poor defending from QPR again as Michu once again gets in behind the Hoops defence. He snatches at the shot as he looks to double his tally, but Cesar is more than a match for it.
Swansea waste no time in searching for a second as they attack straight from the restart. Samba blocks Michu in his path, picking up a caution for his troubles, as Swansea win a free-kick 25 yards from goal. De Guzman takes, but it is straight into the wall and QPR clear.
Yellow CardChristopher Samba
GOAL! 1-0 to Swansea and Michu's goalscoring drought is over. Nathan Dyer cuts in and fires a shot at goal from distance. Cesar parries, but he doesn't get away. The Spaniard is the quickest to react, and although his contact is poor and he scuffs the ball, it flicks over Cesar and drops kindly into the net. 1-0 Swansea.
Swansea have started brightly with Nathan Dyer looking particularly sharp. They've made good use of possession so far as they remain patient in their quest for the opening goal.
A long ball played forward by Ashley Williams is controlled brilliantly by Nathan Dyer. He plays the ball outwide to Angel Rangel, but QPR have men back to and clear the ball.
Swansea kick-off and we are underway...
10 minutes until kick-off at the Liberty Stadium. Are we about to see yet another QPR draw? Or will Swansea put their recent inconsistencies behind them? Stay tuned to find out.
QPR meanwhile are yet to lose in the league in 2013, having embarked on a five-game unbeaten run. Sadly for Hoops fans the last four of those have been draws, while their last two matches have ended 0-0. With his side still firmly rooted to the bottom of the table, Harry Redknapp will be desperate for his side to start turning some of those draws into wins if they are to avoid the drop.
Having defeated QPR 5-0 back in August on the opening day of the season in Michael Laudrup's first game in charge, the Dane will be hoping for a similar result today. Michu leads the line for the Swans. He scored twice that day, but hasn't scored in the Premier League since before Christmas. Could that be about to change?
Nedum Onuhoa comes in for Fabio while Jermaine Jenas makes his full debut for the Hoops at the expense of Shaun Wright-Phillips as Harry Redknapp makes two changes to his side.
Despite Harry Redknapp's comments during the week, Loic Remy is not fit enough to return today, as Jamie Mackie continues upfront in his absence. The Scotland international has three goals in his last four games against Swansea and seems the Hoop's best chance of finding the net today.
Michel Vorm returns in goal for the Swans as he makes his comeback from in injury, in one of two changes Michael Laudrup makes to the side that lost last week at West Ham. Nathan Dyer also comes in in place of the injured Leon Britton.
QPR starting XI: Cesar, Traore, Derry, Samba, Hill (c), Onuoha, Mbia, Townsend, Jenas, Taarabt, Mackie. Subs: Green, Ben-Haim, Park, Granero, Wright-Phillips, Zamora, Bothroyd.
Swansea City starting XI: Vorm, Rangel, Chico, Williams (c), Davies, De Guzman, Ki, Dyer, Routledge, Hernandez, Michu. Subs: Tremmel, Bartley, Tiendalli, Agustien, Lamah, Shechter, Moore.
Team news is in and is as follows...
Good afternoon and welcome to Goal.com's LIVE! text commentary from today's Premier League clash between Swansea City and Queens Park Rangers. I'm Theo Squires and I will be guiding you through all the action from the Liberty Stadium as both sides chase only their second league win of 2013.
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