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Swansea City 1-1 QPR (A QPR fan's perspective)

Wednesday 28th December 2011
A second half equaliser from Jamie Mackie gave QPR a deserved point at the Liberty Stadium in a close-fought encounter.

Neil Warnock responded to last week's defeat to Sunderland by dropping both centre backs and replacing them with Fitz Hall and Clint Hill. Shaun Wright-Phillips was also relegated to the bench and replaced by Adel Taarabt, who was making his first start for almost two months.

QPR started the game brightly, with Taarabt at the heart of everything. However, it was Swansea who took the lead after 14 minutes with a controversial goal. Wayne Routledge did well to pick out Danny Graham on the edge of the box the ex-Watford man controlled the ball, turned sharply and placed an excellent curling effort in to the bottom corner of the net. However, it was clear the striker controlled the ball with his arm in the build up to the goal and it was a one of a number of errors referee Lee Probert made on the night.

QPR almost drew level soon after when Michel Vorm, one of the Premier League's players of the season so far, did well to tip a rasping shot from Joey Barton over the bar. Swansea seemed in control of the game without really creating any chances and this is something they will need to address in January if they are to survive this season. Helguson and Hill should have done better with headers at the end of the first half, but neither could find the target.

If it was Swansea that had the better of the 1st half, the 2nd half definitely belonged to the visitors. There was a new found hunger and belief in the QPR ranks, with Taraabt and Faurlin both dictating the pace of the game. This forced the Swans into a double substitution, with Routledge and Rangel being replaced by Dyer and Luke Moore.

Within a minute of the substitutions, QPR equalised. A long kick from Paddy Kenny wasn't dealt with by the Swansea defence and Jamie Mackie nipped in and finished neatly past Vorm. It was no more than the Superhoops deserved and it's great to see Mackie back amongst the goals again.

The referee took centre stage again on 73 minutes when he denied Swansea a clear penalty. Graham nipped in front of Armand Traore who clearly made contact with the strikers' ankle inside the box but the ref waved away the Swansea appeals.

At the other end Taarabt and Faurlin combined brilliantly and Taarabt saw his curling effort tipped round the post by Vorm. At this point both teams seemed content with a point and played out the final few minutes without any drama.

1-1 was a fair reflection on the game. For the hosts, Vorm had another good game and Danny Graham led the line well.

Adel Taraabt and Alejandro Faurlin both impressed for QPR. Taarabt had a 98% successful pass rate and a 100% successful pass rate for final third passes and Faurlin made 11 tackles, all of which were successful (over twice as many as anyone else on the pitch).

After a run of disappointing results and performances, there were many positives for QPR to take from this encounter and we can look forward to Arsenal on New Years Eve and then a huge game at home to Norwich 2 days later.
Jawad Laouira

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