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Swansea   2 - 0   QPR

Swansea v QPR

Swansea 2-0 QPR

Mark Gower and Lee Trundle ended Swansea's goal drought as nine-man QPR collapsed in the second half.

Dorus De Vries twice saved Swansea at the start of the second half before QPR skipper Martin Rowlands saw red for a lunge at Nathan Dyer, a second booking.

Angel Rangel's ball over the top found Gower, whose half-volley was his first competitive goal for the Swans.

A Ben Watson hand ball saw him off for a second booking in six minutes, then Trundle coolly finished Dyer's cross.

The game was something of a grudge match for Swansea manager Paulo Sousa, who is in a legal dispute with QPR following his departure from the club last April.

QPR's Martin Rowlands throws away his skipper's armband after his red card, a crucial turning point
Martin Rowlands throws away his skipper's armband after his red card

The Portuguese boss has seen his Swansea team go four matches unbeaten, but they had failed to score in four of their last five matches.

There was little sign of their woeful scoring record of five goals in 10 games improving in a nevertheless entertaining first half.

Both sides produced some stylish play but rarely threatened to break the deadlock, the best chances falling to Darren Pratley, Stephen Dobbie and Jay Simpson.

The visitors looked like they were beginning to take control after the break, though, Swansea having to rely on Dutch keeper De Vries' fine saves to keep out Simpson and Wayne Routledge.

But then Rowlands - booked for a first-half clash with Dobbie - made his rash challenge on Dyer.

Angel Rangel challenges Akos Buzsaky
Swansea had not scored in four of their five previous games

Still the Swans struggled to find a meaningful strike, and few would have looked to Gower, who went the whole of last season without scoring.

Such was the winger's relief at his first Swansea goal that after smashing the ball past Radek Cerny he was churlishly booked for an over-exuberant celebration.

Minutes later Watson saw red for a foolish hand ball, and it was left to fans' favourite Trundle to round off the day.

The on-loan Bristol City striker, a 60th-minute replacement for Thomas Butler, benefited from a pacy breakaway move.

Rangel found Dyer, whose inch-perfect cross was met by Trundle's left-footed strike, his second goal since his return to the Liberty Stadium.

The victory was Swansea's first over QPR in the league since 1965 and ended the visitors' six-game unbeaten run in the Championship.

To complete a perfect day for the home fans, Swansea supporter John Hartson was presented to the Liberty Stadium crowd, the Wales great receiving a fine ovation as he continues his fight against cancer.


Swansea City manager Paulo Sousa:

Sousa hails keeper De Vries

"It was good to get a win against my old club but it was even better to meet up with my old players.

"It is important to beat those teams who are going for promotion as it shows you can win against quality.

"The victory was important with the international break coming up but for 30 minutes it was difficult against them.

"We took full advantage of being against nine players but we are an honest team and never went out looking for yellow cards."

QPR manager Jim Magilton:

"We started really well but should have scored in the first half.

"Swansea came out much better after the interval but their keeper still had to make a couple of great saves to stop us from taking the lead.

"It was two influential players who were dismissed and we carried one or two others but we still tried to play positive football despite the setbacks.

"I felt comfortable for the opening half hour but that lack of a cutting edge has cost us."

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Saturday, 3 October 2009

Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Swansea 2-0 QPR FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Gower 74
  • Trundle 85

    Swansea

    • 01 De Vries
    • 02 Williams
    • 05 Tate
    • 16 Monk
    • 22 Rangel
    • 07 Britton
    • 08 Pratley (Lopez 86)
    • 12 Dyer
    • 27 Gower yellow card
    • 28 Butler (Trundle 60)
    • 14 Dobbie (Beattie 72)

    Substitutes

    • 17 Cornell,
    • 10 Orlandi,
    • 11 Van der Gun,
    • 15 Lopez,
    • 29 Richards,
    • 09 Beattie,
    • 19 Trundle

    QPR

    • 24 Cerny
    • 03 Stewart
    • 13 Gorkss yellow card
    • 29 Borrowdale
    • 06 Leigertwood
    • 07 Routledge
    • 10 Buzsaky (Taarabt 76)
    • 14 Rowlands yellow card, red card
    • 15 Watson yellow card, red card
    • 08 Vine (Faurlin 60)
    • 23 Simpson (Pellicori 77)

    Substitutes

    • 22 Heaton,
    • 02 Ramage,
    • 04 Mahon,
    • 18 Faurlin,
    • 25 Ephraim,
    • 39 Taarabt,
    • 12 Pellicori
    Ref: HillAtt: 14,444
    SWANSEA
    QPR

    Possession

    • Swansea 60%
    • QPR 40%

    Attempts on target

    • Swansea 8
    • QPR 2

    Attempts off target

    • Swansea 7
    • QPR 5

    Corners

    • Swansea 7
    • QPR 2

    Fouls

    • Swansea 6
    • QPR 13
    • Final Result
    • 93:51 The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:19 Short corner taken by Mark Gower.
    • 90:00+3:04 Mark Gower takes a shot. Blocked by Damion Stewart.
    • 90:00+0:35 The referee blows for offside. Damion Stewart takes the indirect free kick.
    • 88:02 Nathan Dyer takes a shot. Radek Cerny makes a save.
    • 85:59 Substitution Jordi Lopez joins the action as a substitute, replacing Darren Pratley.
    • 84:50 Nathan Dyer provided the assist for the goal.
    • 84:50 GOAL - Lee TrundleSwansea 2 - 0 QPR Goal scored by Lee Trundle from close in low into the middle of the goal. Swansea 2-0 QPR.
    • 83:09 Gary Borrowdale challenges Nathan Dyer unfairly and gives away a free kick. Nathan Dyer takes the free kick.
    • 81:22 Effort on goal by Adel Taarabt from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.
    • 78:23 Mikele Leigertwood concedes a free kick for a foul on Mark Gower. Mark Gower takes the free kick.
    • 77:09 Leon Britton takes the direct free kick.
    • 77:09 Sent off Ben Watson dismissed for second bookable offence.
    • 76:49 The referee penalises Ben Watson for handball.
    • 75:35 Substitution Jay Simpson goes off and Alessandro Pellicori comes on.
    • 75:35 Substitution (QPR) makes a substitution, with Adel Taarabt coming on for Akos Buzsaky.
    • 75:01 Akos Buzsaky gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Leon Britton. Ashley Williams restarts play with the free kick.
    • 74:33 Booking The referee books Mark Gower for dissent.
    • 73:09 Angel Rangel provided the assist for the goal.
    • 73:09 GOAL - Mark GowerSwansea 1 - 0 QPR A goal is scored by Mark Gower from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Swansea 1-0 QPR.
    • 71:30 Substitution Craig Beattie is brought on as a substitute for Stephen Dobbie.
    • 71:12 Booking The referee cautions Ben Watson for dissent.
    • 66:16 Alan Tate takes a shot from deep inside the box clearing the bar.
    • 63:23 The referee gives a free kick against Alejandro Faurlin for handball. Mark Gower crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Kaspars Gorkss.
    • 62:19 Angel Rangel is adjudged to have handled the ball. Gary Borrowdale takes the direct free kick.
    • 59:49 The ball is crossed by Mark Gower, Headed effort from inside the area by Alan Tate misses to the right of the target.
    • 59:49 Substitution Alejandro Faurlin is brought on as a substitute for Rowan Vine.
    • 59:49 Substitution Lee Trundle on for Thomas Butler.
    • 59:49 Darren Pratley fouled by Kaspars Gorkss, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 59:10 Thomas Butler takes a shot. Radek Cerny makes a save.
    • 58:05 Effort from just outside the area by Mark Gower goes over the target.
    • 57:01 Jay Simpson concedes a free kick for a foul on Angel Rangel. Direct free kick taken by Dorus De Vries.
    • 56:09 Darren Pratley takes a shot. Radek Cerny makes a save.
    • 54:01 Corner taken right-footed by Mark Gower from the right by-line to the near post, Garry Monk takes a shot. Ben Watson gets a block in. Mark Gower takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Header by Garry Monk from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
    • 53:56 Centre by Angel Rangel, blocked by Akos Buzsaky.
    • 52:30 Free kick taken by Garry Monk.
    • 52:30 Sent off Martin Rowlands is sent off by the referee.
    • 52:20 Martin Rowlands challenges Nathan Dyer unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 52:00 Wayne Routledge takes a shot. Save by Dorus De Vries.
    • 50:12 Alan Tate concedes a free kick for a foul on Jay Simpson. The ball is crossed by Ben Watson, Header on goal by Kaspars Gorkss from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 48:13 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Ben Watson, Jay Simpson takes a shot. Dorus De Vries makes a save.
    • 47:28 Free kick awarded for a foul by Darren Pratley on Gary Borrowdale. Ben Watson takes the free kick.
    • 45:16 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nathan Dyer by Martin Rowlands. Free kick taken by Leon Britton.
    • 45:01 The second half kicks off.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:10 The whistle is blown to end the first half.
    • 43:46 The ball is delivered by Mark Gower.
    • 42:34 Stephen Dobbie takes a shot. Radek Cerny makes a save.
    • 41:35 Mark Gower delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, clearance made by Martin Rowlands.
    • 41:35 Booking Kaspars Gorkss booked.
    • 41:31 Unfair challenge on Nathan Dyer by Kaspars Gorkss results in a free kick.
    • 38:13 Darren Pratley has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
    • 37:18 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Mark Gower, save made by Radek Cerny.
    • 36:04 Mark Gower crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Martin Rowlands.
    • 36:04 Booking Martin Rowlands booked for unsporting behaviour.
    • 36:00 Stephen Dobbie fouled by Martin Rowlands, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 33:46 Akos Buzsaky fouled by Darren Pratley, the ref awards a free kick. Radek Cerny takes the free kick.
    • 31:47 Unfair challenge on Wayne Routledge by Alan Tate results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Ben Watson, Thomas Butler gets a block in.
    • 30:18 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Thomas Butler by Martin Rowlands. Leon Britton takes the free kick.
    • 30:05 Jay Simpson challenges Garry Monk unfairly and gives away a free kick. Garry Monk takes the free kick.
    • 29:34 Unfair challenge on Wayne Routledge by Darren Pratley results in a free kick. Damion Stewart restarts play with the free kick.
    • 28:38 The assistant referee signals for offside against Stephen Dobbie. Mikele Leigertwood takes the indirect free kick.
    • 26:03 Shot by Jay Simpson from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
    • 25:16 Mark Gower takes the inswinging corner, Kaspars Gorkss manages to make a clearance.
    • 23:22 Handball by Rowan Vine. Angel Rangel restarts play with the free kick.
    • 22:38 Corner taken right-footed by Mark Gower from the right by-line, save made by Radek Cerny.
    • 22:07 Kaspars Gorkss concedes a free kick for a foul on Nathan Dyer. Leon Britton restarts play with the free kick.
    • 19:11 Foul by Kaspars Gorkss on Darren Pratley, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Leon Britton, Mikele Leigertwood manages to make a clearance.
    • 18:50 The assistant referee flags for offside against Jay Simpson. Ashley Williams restarts play with the free kick.
    • 13:05 Wayne Routledge is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Alan Tate.
    • 11:14 Shot from just outside the box by Stephen Dobbie misses to the right of the goal.
    • 8:30 Corner taken by Mark Gower from the right by-line, Header from deep inside the area by Ashley Williams goes over the bar.
    • 8:06 Wayne Routledge produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.
    • 4:34 Free kick awarded for a foul by Garry Monk on Rowan Vine. Direct free kick taken by Radek Cerny.
    • 2:50 Mikele Leigertwood delivers the ball, Ashley Williams makes a clearance. Corner taken right-footed by Ben Watson, clearance by Stephen Dobbie. Effort on goal by Akos Buzsaky from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 0:00 The referee gets the game underway.

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    Championship results

    3 Oct 2009 23:59 UK

    Home Team Score Away Team Time
    Barnsley 2-1 Ipswich R
    Coventry 1-1 Leicester R
    Crystal Palace 4-1 Blackpool R
    Derby 3-0 Sheff Wed R
    Newcastle 0-0 Bristol City R
    Peterborough 1-2 Nottm Forest R
    Plymouth 2-1 Scunthorpe R
    Preston 0-0 West Brom R
    Reading 0-2 Middlesbrough R
    Sheff Utd 1-1 Doncaster R
    Swansea 2-0 QPR R
    Watford 0-4 Cardiff R

    Championship table snapshot

    As it stood on 3 Oct 2009 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Newcastle 11 13 24
    2 West Brom 11 10 21
    3 Middlesbrough 11 6 20
    4 Cardiff 11 12 19
    5 Preston 11 6 19
    6 Sheff Utd 11 4 17
    7 Leicester 11 2 17
    8 Bristol City 11 1 17
    9 Blackpool 11 1 16
    10 Nottm Forest 11 1 16
    11 Coventry 11 0 16
    12 Crystal Palace 10 0 15
    13 QPR 10 3 14
    14 Swansea 11 -2 14
    15 Watford 11 -3 14
    16 Sheff Wed 11 1 13
    17 Derby 11 -4 13
    18 Doncaster 11 -2 11
    19 Scunthorpe 11 -7 11
    20 Barnsley 11 -8 11
    21 Reading 11 -6 10
    22 Plymouth 11 -9 8
    23 Peterborough 11 -7 7
    24 Ipswich 11 -12 5


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    BBC Sport Wales coverage
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