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Swansea vs QPR: Michu brace dumps R's

By This is SouthWales  |  Posted: February 09, 2013

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Michu grabbed two goals as Swansea inflicted a 4-1 defeat on relegation-threatened QPR at the Liberty Stadium.

The Swans had triumphed 5-0 at Loftus Road on the opening day of the season and early strikes from Michu and Rangel set them on their way in Wales.

Substitute Bobby Zamora pulled a goal back for the R's, only for Pablo Hernandez to restore Swansea's advantage with an excellent finish.

QPR were then denied a clear penalty as referee Neil Swarbrick failed to spot a blatant handball by Ashley Williams and Michu rubbed salt into the wounds when he added his 18th of the season.

The only downside for the Swans was the loss of Chico Flores to an ankle injury just past the half-hour mark.

The centre-half is set to have a scan to check if he suffered any ligament damage, just two weeks before the Capital One Cup final against Bradford at Wembley.

But QPR, without the injured Loic Remy, have bigger problems as a sluggish start which belied their perilous position at the foot of the table proved very costly.

The visitors had conceded just once in their last five league games but they were 2-0 down inside 19 minutes after a woeful start.

The opener came in the eighth minute. Nathan Dyer took advantage of the space in front of him to get away a shot and, when Julio Cesar could not hold it, Michu was on hand to guide a looping shot in off the outside of his boot and end a run of six games without a goal.

Cesar kept out the forward's low shot from Flores' incisive pass a few minutes later but it proved a brief respite as Rangel doubled the lead.

Wayne Routledge played the full-back into plenty of space and he slotted his second goal of the season after Cesar could only parry his initial effort.

But Swansea were dealt a blow when they lost Flores in the 33rd minute. The centre-half went in low to make a header and appeared to turn his ankle as he did so and required prolonged treatment before being carried off, with Kyle Bartley his replacement.

The injury did not unsettle Swansea and they continued to have things their own way, with keeper Michel Vorm a spectator throughout the first half.

Clint Hill had a lucky escape when Michu caught him dawdling in possession, as the Swansea man's touch found team-mate Dyer offside.

Adel Taarabt summed up QPR's annoyance when he picked up a needless booking for kicking the ball away when conceding a free-kick, the Moroccan then started a spat with Jonathan de Guzman and Ki Sung-yueng.

Redknapp, deeply unimpressed with the first 45 minutes, sent on Esteban Granero and Zamora for Shaun Derry and Jamie Mackle and within three minutes his side had a lifeline.

Swansea left-back Ben Davies gifted the ball to Taarabt and when Vorm could not hold his shot Zamora was on hand to tap in.

But QPR's joy was shortlived as Hernandez struck Swansea's third just two minutes later.

Michu picked out the winger in space on the left and the former Valencia man did the rest, outfoxing Nedum Onuoha before getting away a shot across Cesar to find the net courtesy of the inside of the far post.

It got worse for QPR when they were denied a clear penalty in the 56th minute.

Swansea skipper Williams clearly handled Andros Townsend's cross but Swarbrick and his assistants inexplicably missed it, to the fury of the Rangers bench.

Bartley cleared Stephane Mbia's shot off the line in the confusion and Swansea piled on the pain when Michu got his second at the end of a sweeping move.

Vorm, Rangel and Kemy Agustien linked to find Hernandez in space and his slide-rule pass got Michu goal side of Christopher Samba to finish.

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  • SAMANDJANET  |  February 10 2013, 8:23PM

    @HaroldMonk That's the one. Trust a monk to get the chant right.

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  • HaroldMonk  |  February 10 2013, 7:20PM

    Wemberlee wember lee we're the famous Swansea City ans we're off to Wemb er lee

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  • SAMANDJANET  |  February 10 2013, 6:48PM

    @ CroJack Fine by me if you don't mind it being whisky or perhaps make an exception and make it a Jack Daniels. When at the Chelsea match everyone was singing Wemberley Wemberley if you were you could have corrected them too. I will listen out for you at Wembli. And whilst on that subject I think there should be more consistancy with the red cards. I had a very good view of it and when Hazard went into the tackle on the ballboy he didn't have both feet of the ground and I would defy anyone to say they could see his studs ,apart of course from the ball boy and judging by his reaction he may have felt them too. Chelsea should have been awarded a penalty for not releasing the ball after a tackle and they would have put it over the posts as they had been doing all night ... 3points ... deserved winners. Now where's that other bottle?

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  • CroJack  |  February 10 2013, 4:39PM

    @SAMANDJANET What have you been drinking? I bet you have some good whiskey at your place ;). Hope you can give a couple of bottles to me so we can get drunk together when Swansea win cup at "Wemberley" ;).

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  • SAMANDJANET  |  February 10 2013, 1:03PM

    Swansea needed to come out of the blocks quickly today and they did just that. Wayne Routledge is back on form and has skill and vision. Bwn Davies needs to remember it's a team game which is the Swans' strength and shouldn't let that goal go to his head. He gave the ball away several times with a goal resulting. On another day had a penalty been given ( what was he doing? ) and had Sean www. being a little (no pun intended) luckier we may not have been crowing (pun intended) so much today. Remember Wolves! Kyle Bartley could have helped Davies if he had tried a block although I fully accept this may have resulted in him getting his shorts dirty. AW or GM could show him how it's done. Furthermore now that the bus that had parked in front of the goal has moved to the centre circle and picked him up where he had been patiently waiting and taken him to Sunderland, there is a need to make sure we make the most of our goal scoring chances It is clear Nathan Dyer has now found out where the goals are but whilst I see the force of the arguement that if you want to hit a target you have a better chance if you aim for the centre, during my study of the game I have noticed that this is where the goalkeepers tend to stand. Has anyone else spotted this? apart from Michu. Until they stop doing this, and to be fair I am not saying Gemmel and his understudy are any different, I suggest he hits the ball on either side of the keeper preferably out of reach. Do you think that they should be allowed to practice this in training? I certainly think it's worth a go. We can't always rely on it hitting the outside back stud of Michu's right boot at an angel (pun intended) of 37 degrees. Anyway lesson over and see you at Wemberley

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  • pomphrey2005  |  February 10 2013, 12:05PM

    after watching sambas display yesterday i hope arry kept the receipt.if thats what £12 million gets you heaven help him.i suspect harrys standing will drop faster than qpr.its comical to see people like tony fernandes and the like think all they have to do is chuck money at a problem and it will go away when in reality if you look at the blueprint at three premier league clubs namely stoke,wba and swansea it is pretty obvious that a firm foundation and common sense is clearly the no1 element.

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  • seasolder  |  February 10 2013, 11:21AM

    Lets hope Chico's injury is not as bad as it appeared--(cheap shot by the QPR forward), Ash & Chico are playing with so much confidence, that they must rank,as the best pairing in the division, We must now have an excellent chance to reach the top sixth position,with an European spot well within our grasp.

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  • Soenderstrand  |  February 10 2013, 11:07AM

    Swans You save my week and played like gods. Big kiss from a fan in Denmark. We all hope that one day we could lean Michael to our national team - even though we know he's too good for that. Michu you are rock and roll on the lawn. Keep up the good work all of you! I will follow you in every match.

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  • abertawejack  |  February 09 2013, 8:00PM

    Our marvelous team worked very hard with just rewards for their efforts, we played QPR off the pitch as I saw it. Ok they should have had a penalty and they also hit the bar but that's football for you, how many times has it happened to us? in the past. Well done Michu again fabulous effort from you again, I and all your fans are "over the moon". Have a weeks break now boyo's chill out and enjoy yourselves before Brendon Rogers appears on the horizon, though No sweat there yea ;-)

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