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QPR   4 - 0   Swansea

Adel Taarabt scores for QPR against Swansea

Highlights - QPR 4-0 Swansea

Adel Taarabt inspired Championship leaders Queens Park Rangers out of their mini-slump and to a convincing win over Swansea City.

The Moroccan set up Jamie Mackie for an early opener, he then won a second-half penalty after Ashley Williams' foul before scoring two late stunners.

Heidar Helguson converted the spot-kick before the Taarabt show took over as he fired low under keeper Dorus de Vries.

Taarabt saved the best to last with a 25-yard shot after some show-boating.

Scott Sinclair and Craig Beattie went close for the visitors early on but the leaders opened the scoring as Taarabt started to dictate this Championship clash.

Taarabt skipped past Joe Allen and Garry Monk to set up unmarked Mackie who fired a low 20-yard shot just inside Swans keeper De Vries' right-hand post.

The QPR playmaker then committed four Swans players to allow Mackie a little time and space to smash in his ninth goal of the season just after the quarter hour mark.

Rangers manager Neil Warnock hails 'gem' Adel Taarabt

But both high-flying sides were reduced to 10 men following an ugly flashpoint in the 19th minute after Alan Tate's clumsy challenge on marauding full-back Kyle Walker.

The Swansea left-back had acknowledged his cumbersome misdemeanour but the fireworks began when QPR left-back Clint Hill ran 40 yards to confront Tate.

The pair went head-to-head and their unnecessary scrap was punished by referee Phil Crossley, who sent off both Tate and Hill for violent conduct.

The Swans initially reacted better to going a man down and Allen perhaps should have at least hit the target when he was set free in the penalty box.

But the Welsh international, after controlling Kemy Agustien's stunning cross-field ball, fired his shot over from 15 yards.

Swans defender Williams also tested home keeper Paddy Kenny with a couple of long-range drives but captain fantastic Taarabt quickly reasserted his position as the star man.

And the home side should have doubled their lead from a teasing Taarabt right-wing free-kick but Helguson failed to connect inside the six-yard box with an empty Swans net at his mercy.

Taarabt twice almost conjured up a second after a succession of stepovers teed-up Kaspars Gorkss and Mackie in quick succession only for De Vries to save both.

But the mercurial midfielder did bewitch Williams after charging into the box and referee Crossley pointed to the spot after the Welsh captain's clumsy challenge - and Williams was lucky to escape a red card.

And Helguson sent De Vries the wrong way as the Icelandic international coolly slid home the resulting penalty into the corner of the net for his eighth goal of the season.

Taarabt then turned from provider to scorer as he collected Helguson's knock-down to shoot home from the left-hand channel underneath the body of De Vries.

Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers unconcerned by his side's poor form

The Dutchman would have been disappointed to concede from such an angle but the Swans keeper could do little with Taarabt's super second - his 11th goal of the season.

Taarabt nutmegged Allen before then smashing home from long-range into De Vries' right-hand corner - even though the keeper got a touch - to secure a resounding team triumph and seal a virtuoso individual performance.

Taarabt deserved his standing ovation as Rangers recovered from defeats to Watford and Leeds United with a superb win against a team with play-off aspirations.

But Swansea's biggest defeat this season mean boss Brendan Rodgers has seen his men win only one of their last six Championship matches.

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Sunday, 26 December 2010

Npower Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
QPR 4-0 Swansea FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Mackie 16
  • Helguson (pen) 62
  • Taarabt 70
  • Taarabt 80

    QPR

    • 01 Kenny
    • 03 Hill red card
    • 13 Gorkss
    • 15 Walker
    • 16 Connolly
    • 04 Derry
    • 07 Taarabt (Rowlands 83)
    • 11 Faurlin
    • 09 Helguson (Hulse 86)
    • 12 Mackie
    • 21 Smith (Orr 21)

    Substitutes

    • 24 Cerny,
    • 02 Orr,
    • 14 Rowlands,
    • 25 Ephraim,
    • 08 Clarke,
    • 19 Agyemang,
    • 20 Hulse

    Swansea

    • 01 De Vries
    • 02 Williams yellow card
    • 05 Tate red card
    • 16 Monk
    • 22 Rangel
    • 08 Pratley
    • 12 Dyer (Taylor 20)
    • 21 Sinclair
    • 24 Allen
    • 26 Agustien (Dobbie 71)
    • 09 Beattie (Easter 71)

    Substitutes

    • 25 Ma-Kalambay,
    • 03 Taylor,
    • 17 Serran,
    • 10 Orlandi,
    • 27 Gower,
    • 14 Dobbie,
    • 49 Easter
    Ref: CrossleyAtt: 15,963
    QPR
    SWANSEA

    Possession

    • QPR 53%
    • Swansea 47%

    Attempts on target

    • QPR 12
    • Swansea 5

    Attempts off target

    • QPR 5
    • Swansea 6

    Corners

    • QPR 4
    • Swansea 4

    Fouls

    • QPR 6
    • Swansea 10
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+4:17 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
    • 90:00+3:57 Corner taken by Neil Taylor from the left by-line.
    • 89:39 Outswinging corner taken by Martin Rowlands.
    • 86:45 Shot from just outside the box by Martin Rowlands goes over the bar.
    • 86:35 Rob Hulse takes a shot. Save made by Dorus De Vries.
    • 85:10 Substitution Rob Hulse comes on in place of Heidar Helguson.
    • Correction - 82:57 Substitution Martin Rowlands joins the action as a substitute, replacing Adel Taarabt.
    • 82:57 Substitution Alejandro Faurlin goes off and Martin Rowlands comes on.
    • 82:48 Jamie Mackie produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 79:36 Assist by Kyle Walker.
    • 79:36 GOAL - Adel TaarabtQPR 4 - 0 Swansea Adel Taarabt scores a goal from just outside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. QPR 4-0 Swansea.
    • 77:37 Free kick awarded for a foul by Shaun Derry on Darren Pratley. The ball is sent over by Stephen Dobbie, Ashley Williams has a headed effort from close range and clears the crossbar.
    • 76:07 Adel Taarabt takes a shot. Save by Dorus De Vries.
    • 75:56 Heidar Helguson takes a shot. Save by Dorus De Vries.
    • 73:12 Ashley Williams challenges Heidar Helguson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Bradley Orr.
    • 70:35 Substitution Stephen Dobbie joins the action as a substitute, replacing Kemy Agustien.
    • 70:35 Substitution Craig Beattie leaves the field to be replaced by Jermaine Easter.
    • 69:45 Assist on the goal came from Heidar Helguson.
    • 69:45 GOAL - Adel TaarabtQPR 3 - 0 Swansea Adel Taarabt scores a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. QPR 3-0 Swansea.
    • 64:28 Corner taken by Joe Allen from the right by-line, Matthew Connolly manages to make a clearance.
    • 61:33 Unfair challenge on Adel Taarabt by Ashley Williams results in a Penalty.
    • 61:33 GOAL - Heidar HelgusonQPR 2 - 0 Swansea Heidar Helguson scores a penalty. QPR 2-0 Swansea.
    • 60:46 Booking The referee shows Ashley Williams a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • 59:29 Kemy Agustien has an effort at goal from a long way out that goes wide left.
    • 57:46 The referee penalises Darren Pratley for handball. Free kick taken by Patrick Kenny.
    • 54:50 Outswinging corner taken by Adel Taarabt, Kaspars Gorkss takes a shot. Blocked by Dorus De Vries. Jamie Mackie takes a shot. Save by Dorus De Vries.
    • 54:41 Kyle Walker takes a shot. Blocked by Garry Monk.
    • 53:22 Joe Allen fouled by Kyle Walker, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Darren Pratley from right channel.
    • 52:41 Handball decision goes against Bradley Orr. Scott Sinclair delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, clearance by Kyle Walker.
    • 48:15 Unfair challenge on Neil Taylor by Shaun Derry results in a free kick. Neil Taylor takes the free kick.
    • 47:05 Foul by Kemy Agustien on Jamie Mackie, free kick awarded. Adel Taarabt crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel.
    • 45:01 The second half begins.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+4:50 The whistle is blown to end the first half.
    • 45:00+0:18 Effort from outside the penalty box by Kyle Walker goes wide left of the target.
    • 44:34 Bradley Orr has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.
    • 43:55 Outswinging corner taken by Joe Allen, clearance made by Kaspars Gorkss.
    • 42:08 Craig Beattie is ruled offside. Patrick Kenny takes the free kick.
    • 41:52 Ashley Williams takes a shot. Save by Patrick Kenny.
    • 37:48 Neil Taylor gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adel Taarabt. Centre by Adel Taarabt, Headed effort from close range by Heidar Helguson goes wide left of the target.
    • 37:18 Foul by Garry Monk on Heidar Helguson, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Heidar Helguson.
    • 36:48 Effort on goal by Craig Beattie from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.
    • 30:08 Free kick awarded for a foul by Joe Allen on Alejandro Faurlin. Shot comes in from Adel Taarabt from the free kick, Darren Pratley gets a block in.
    • 27:59 Shot from just outside the box by Joe Allen goes over the crossbar.
    • 24:56 Angel Rangel takes a shot. Blocked by Kyle Walker.
    • 23:11 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Adel Taarabt from the right by-line.
    • 21:17 Outswinging corner taken by Adel Taarabt from the right by-line, Kemy Agustien fouled by Heidar Helguson, the ref awards a free kick. Dorus De Vries takes the free kick.
    • 18:57 Substitution Bradley Orr is brought on as a substitute for Tommy Smith.
    • 18:57 Alan Tate gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kyle Walker. Adel Taarabt takes the direct free kick.
    • 18:57 Substitution Neil Taylor is brought on as a substitute for Nathan Dyer.
    • 18:57 Sent off The referee sends off Clint Hill for violent conduct.
    • 18:04 Sent off Alan Tate is sent off by the referee for violent conduct.
    • 16:16 Alejandro Faurlin concedes a free kick for a foul on Joe Allen. Garry Monk takes the free kick.
    • 15:15 The assist for the goal came from Adel Taarabt.
    • 15:15 GOAL - Jamie MackieQPR 1 - 0 Swansea Jamie Mackie finds the back of the net with a goal from the edge of the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. QPR 1-0 Swansea.
    • 12:08 Alan Tate takes a shot. Save by Patrick Kenny.
    • 10:51 The referee blows for offside. Dorus De Vries takes the free kick.
    • 8:30 Effort from outside the box by Kemy Agustien goes wide right of the target.
    • 7:33 Shot from just outside the penalty box by Scott Sinclair misses to the left of the target.
    • 6:57 Craig Beattie takes a shot. Patrick Kenny makes a save.
    • 5:25 Unfair challenge on Jamie Mackie by Alan Tate results in a free kick. A cross is delivered by Adel Taarabt, Kaspars Gorkss takes a shot. Save by Dorus De Vries.
    • 4:24 Craig Beattie concedes a free kick for a foul on Matthew Connolly. Shot on goal comes in from Adel Taarabt from the free kick, Darren Pratley gets a block in.
    • 4:16 The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Patrick Kenny.
    • 3:23 Joe Allen takes the outswinging corner, Scott Sinclair takes a shot. Matthew Connolly gets a block in.
    • 1:31 Kemy Agustien fouled by Heidar Helguson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Garry Monk.
    • 0:41 Kemy Agustien gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Heidar Helguson. Matthew Connolly takes the direct free kick.
    • 0:00 The game gets underway.

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    Npower Championship table snapshot

    As it stood on 26 Dec 2010 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 QPR 22 26 44
    2 Cardiff 22 15 40
    3 Leeds 23 4 39
    4 Swansea 23 5 37
    5 Norwich 22 5 36
    6 Coventry 23 2 34
    7 Reading 22 10 33
    8 Burnley 21 7 32
    9 Nott'm Forest 20 7 30
    10 Derby 22 6 30
    11 Watford 21 5 30
    12 Doncaster 21 -2 30
    13 Millwall 22 3 29
    14 Portsmouth 21 1 29
    15 Hull 22 -3 29
    16 Barnsley 21 -5 29
    17 Leicester 23 -7 29
    18 Ipswich 22 -5 27
    19 Bristol City 22 -9 26
    20 Sheff Utd 22 -12 25
    21 Middlesbrough 22 -11 21
    22 Crystal Palace 22 -16 21
    23 Scunthorpe 20 -12 20
    24 Preston 21 -14 19