Tuesday December 27, 2011 Day 18 Finished The Liberty Stadium

Swansea City 1 - 1 Queens Park Rangers

  • Graham 14’
  • Mackie 58’

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  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Swansea City
    • Queens Park Rangers
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    • 90+4' FULL TIME. That's that in Swansea as goals from Graham and Mackie ensure the points are shared. Swansea will be angered with that penalty decision though.
    • 90+2' We have just two minutes remaining of added time.
    • 90+1' Taarabt in the book and his petulant reaction almost attracts a second yellow from referee Probert.
    • 89' It doesn't look like either side has the initiative to find a winner in what remains of this game.
    • 87' Stat from Infostada: "The last time Swansea conceded two goals at home in a league match was vs Nottingham Forest in a 3-2 win on March 19. That was also the only time this year."
    • 85' Graham harshly penalised for a foul for backing into his marker in the box.
    • 84' More histrionics from Warnock. No idea what he is annoyed about now but the fourth official is getting an earful.
    • 82' Warnock has found something to smile about on the touchline, though his face is laced with frustration too.
    • 81' Wonderful skills from Sinclair as he wins a free-kick for Swansea 25 yards from goal and to the left of the box. Kenny gets a hand to Allen's delivery and QPR clear.
    • 80' Graham does excellent once again to leap and win the ball but Moore can't get the necessary contact after getting on the end of the flick-on.
    • 79' Faurlin brings Dyer to ground with an obvious foul, even if the fall was somewhat exaggerated.
    • 78' Barton has time and space in the box at the back post but dallies and sees his effort deflected behind for a corner. QPR can't test Vorm from the set-piece though.
    • 76' Rodgers will be well within his rights to be furious about that penalty decision. It looked blatant in real time, let alone with a slow-mo replay.
    • 74' Great save from Vorm! Taarabt keeps control on the edge of the box and spins before unleashing a curling effort that the Dutchman claws away.
    • 73' Big shout for a penalty! Graham comes in behind Traore to get the ball and is brought to ground by the QPR defender. It had to be a spot-kick, but it wasn't.
    • 72' Stat from Infostrada: "That was QPR’s 100th away goal in PL history."
    • 71' Graham does well in the box to slip a pass to Moore but the ball just runs away from the forward and he can't get a shot away.
    • 69' Referee Lee Probert makes an enemy of Barton by accidentally bodychecking the QPR midfielder. However, while Swansea break Moore is unable to find a team-mate with a cross.
    • 67' Swansea appeal for handball when Barton stops Sinclair from darting into the box but it was a very hopeful shout.
    • 65' This game is developing a nasty edge and Barton pushes his luck with a bad challenge on Caulker. The midfielder goes into the book after catching Richards hard and a bit late, even if he was attempting to block the ball.
    • 63' Dyer then chops down Hall from behind but is not penalised with a yellow card, despite QPR calling for one.
    • 62' Dyer gets in behind Hill but he cannot find a QPR shirt with his cut-back into the box.
    • 61' Mackie is through again! The forward goes on a mazy run through the QPR defence, only to be finally halted when Vorm races off his line to smother the ball.
    • 60' Stat from Infostrada: "Jamie Mackie scores his second goal of the season. Last season he also scored vs Swansea in a 4-0 home win by QPR on 26 December 2010."
    • 59' If Swansea love a flowing passing move, then that goal was just about the antithesis.
    • 58' GOAL! Swansea 1-1 QPR! A long punt from Kenny is inadvertently flicked on by Britton and with Williams caught out, Mackie sneaks in to take a touch and finish past Vorm. Route one.
    • 57' A double change for Swansea as Nathan Dyer and Luke Moore replace Routledge and Rangel. Agustien looks as though he is going to right-back.
    • 56' Lovely stuff. Both Britton and Allen display fine footwork before the latter plays a pass into Routledge. He toe-pokes his shot wide of the post before being clattered late.
    • 55' Stat from Infostrada: "No opposition player has scored at Liberty Stadium this season in the second half. The only goal Swansea conceded after the break was an own goal by Danny Graham vs Bolton."
    • 53' Stat from Infostrada: "If Swansea keep another clean sheet at home today, they will become only the second club to concede two or fewer goals in their opening nine home matches in the PL era, joining Manchester United who did it in 1994/95 (0 goals) and 2007/08 (2 goals)."
    • 52' Taarabt lets fly from inside the box and his effort deflects behind for a corner. QPP fail to make anything of the set piece.
    • 50' Now Hall is given throw-in duties and his Delap-esque effort meets Helguson, whose flick-on is rubbish, frankly.
    • 49' A not so wonderful foul throw from Traore to follow up though.
    • 48' A wonderful cross from Armand Traore from the left threatens to open up the Swansea defence but Williams clears with Helguson lurking at the back post.
    • 47' That's a poor challenge to start the second half from Shaun Derry. He clatters into Agustien late and is fortunate to avoid a booking.
    • 46' KICK OFF!
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    • 45+2' HALF-TIME. Graham's strike separates the sides. Neil Warnock wasn't happy with the goal though as he felt Graham was guilty of handball.
    • 45+1' We will have a minimum of two added minutes at the Liberty Stadium.
    • 44' Now it is Barton's turn to send in some aerial ammunition and Helguson it is who heads over at the back post when rising above his marker.
    • 42' Luke Young swings in a cross from the right for QPR but Hill can't direct his header on target when meeting the ball eight yards out.
    • 41' Richards goes into the book for chopping down Barton. A definite yellow.
    • 40' Excellent work from Leon Britton as he wins the ball in midfield and flings a pass forward, but the move dissipates.
    • 39' Stat from Infostrada: "Swansea have only conceded eight first half goals this season. Only Manchester United (3), Manchester City (4), Liverpool (4) and Tottenham Hotspur (7) have a better record in the first 45 minutes."
    • 37' Graham is a constant menace and turns Hall all too easily before his low effort is saved by Kenny.
    • 35' Rangel requires lengthy treatment and Swansea may be forced into an early change.
    • 34' Rangel, who has suffered from injury this season, is chopped down by a very poor challenge from Clint Hill. He is rightly booked.
    • 33' Angel Rangel is forced into a headed clearance at the back post from a tantalising Adel Taarabt cross. However, QPR fail to make use of the corner.
    • 32' Ashley Richards bombs forward in support of Sinclair and is fed by the forward before cutting the ball back at full stretch and into the arms of Paddy Kenny.
    • 31' Graham peels off Hall and looks to collect a high ball over the top, only to be denied when the QPR defender recovers with an acrobatic intervention.
    • 30' Swansea will be very pleased with the opening 30 minutes. They have a lead and haven't looked too vulnerable at the back, as per usual.
    • 29' Stat from Infostrada: "Swansea have kept eight clean sheets this season, second only to Manchester United’s 10. Swansea’s Michel Vorm has kept most among goalkeepers (8), one more than Liverpool’s Jose Manuel Reina and Manchester City’s Joe Hart."
    • 27' Graham, so lively in attack, is caught offside when he latches onto a pass from Agustien and stabs a shot into the side netting.
    • 25' Steven Caulker meets Joe Allen's delivery at the back post but heads wide.
    • 24' Another flowing move from Swansea sees Graham win a corner from Hall...
    • 23' From the corner, Barton attempts to fire through a crowd of players but cannot test Vorm again.
    • 22' A superb effort from Barton! Kemy Agustien is guilty of a foul and then allowing QPR to take the free-kick quickly and when the ball is worked to Barton his fantastic effort from range is tipped over by Vorm.
    • 20' Stat from Infostrada: "Graham is now on six PL goals this season. Only four English players have scored more, Grant Holt (7), Frank Lampard (7), Daniel Sturridge (9) and Wayne Rooney (13)."
    • 19' Brendan Rodgers cracks out a wonderful piece of control when standing in the technical area. He hasn't lost it, has he?
    • 18' Replays show there was a hint of a handball about the way Graham controlled the ball initially, though there may have been little intent.
    • 17' Stat from Infostrada: "Each of Swansea’s last three PL victories have included a goal by Danny Graham."
    • 16' Swansea go in search of a quick second and Ashley Williams heads over the bar from a corner. The home side are suddenly well on top.
    • 15' GOAL! Swansea 1-0 QPR! A glorious goal from Graham, who was a summer target for QPR. Routledge picks him out with a neat cross and after he controls well with his thigh, and is fortunate that Fitz Hall fails to clear, he takes a lovely touch to stop the ball and curls an inch-perfect shot inside the post.
    • 13' Excellent work from Scott Sinclair as he embarks on a trademark run down the let wing, cutting inside his man and heading for goal. However, Joey Barton is on hand to put in a firm challenge.
    • 11' Stat from Infostrada: "Heidar Helguson has netted seven PL goals this season, his first coming on October 15. Since that day, only Yakubu Aiyegbeni (8), Demba Ba (10) and Robin van Persie (13) have scored more PL goals."
    • 10' Now Wayne Routledge finds space on the right for Swansea and his whipped cross is just out of the reach of Graham.
    • 8' Now Swansea attempt to apply some pressure and Danny Graham makes a darting run to the near post to meet a corner, only to see his flicked shot fail to find the target.
    • 6' It has been a good start from QPR and a high ball to the back post causes havoc as Helguson and then Jamie Mackie leap for the ball and unsettle Worm.
    • 4' Alejandro Faurlin slips a pass into Heidar Helguson but the striker can't get the ball under control in the box.
    • 3' QPR win an early free-kick but cannot test Michel Vorm in the Swansea goal. He has arguably been the league's best keeper this season, certainly along with Newcastle's Tim Krul.
    • 2' Swansea ease into that languid passing style of theirs. They really are a joy to watch.
    • 1' KICK OFF!
    • 16:55 Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)
    • 16:50 Neil Warnock (QPR): "We are going to Swansea in a very positive mindset. I thought we were super the other night. Apart from the goals, I thought the attitude of the players - when they could have quite easily have thrown the towel in - was fantastic. The fans got behind us and we are not a bad side. We play some good football. We normally play well against Swansea."
    • 16:45 Brendan Rodgers (Swansea): "It’s very difficult to come away from home. We should have got a point against Everton, but we didn’t so it puts a bit more pressure on our home games. But we have dealt with that over the last 17 months and been very, very strong at home. Until we get that away win, and there is no doubt it will come, we will keep our focus and keep trying. Until then it means we have to do what we’ve done throughout the season - get our points at home.”
    • 16:40 Rangers give a rare start to Adel Tarrabt, with Jay Bothroyd on the bench. QPR are again without Anton Ferdinand, who returned to light training on Friday after a hamstring injury. Shaun Wright-Phillips went for a precautionary scan on a knee complaint on Friday and is on the bench, while fellow midfielder Kieron Dyer is out for the season after undergoing foot surgery.
    • 16:35 Swansea left-back Neil Taylor is out with the knee injury picked up in the loss to Everton. Otherwise the Swans welcome back Nathan Dyer after a foot problem but he is on the bench. Wayne Routledge starts in his place.
    • 16:30 TEAMS - Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Williams, Caulker, Richards, Sinclair, Britton, Agustien, Allen, Routledge, Graham; Subs: Tremmel, Dyer, Dobbie, Monk, Lita, Moore, Gower /// QPR: Kenny, Young, Hill, Hall, Traore, Mackie, Barton, Derry, Faurlin, Taarabt, Helguson; Subs: Cerny, Orr, Gabbidon, Bothroyd, Connolly, Smith, Wright-Phillips
    • 16:25 FACT: Michel Vorm has kept the most clean sheets on any Premier League goalkeeper this season in the top flight (8).
    • 16:20 FACT: Heidar Helguson has scored seven goals in his last nine Premier League appearances; QPR have the worst shooting accuracy in the top flight, finding the target with just 35% of attempts.
    • 16:15 FACTS: Swansea have the best defensive record in the top flight on home soil, conceding just two goals at the Liberty Stadium so far; The Liberty Stadium has only seen 12 goals scored this season, fewer than any other ground in the Premier League; Swansea have lost just one of their last 16 home games in league competition (W10 D5 L1).
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  • Summary

    • 74' Great save from Vorm! Taarabt keeps control on the edge of the box and spins before unleashing a curling effort that the Dutchman claws away.
    • 73' Big shout for a penalty! Graham comes in behind Traore to get the ball and is brought to ground by the QPR defender. It had to be a spot-kick, but it wasn't.
    • 61' Mackie is through again! The forward goes on a mazy run through the QPR defence, only to be finally halted when Vorm races off his line to smother the ball.
    • 58' GOAL! Swansea 1-1 QPR! A long punt from Kenny is inadvertently flicked on by Britton and with Williams caught out, Mackie sneaks in to take a touch and finish past Vorm. Route one.
    • 56' Lovely stuff. Both Britton and Allen display fine footwork before the latter plays a pass into Routledge. He toe-pokes his shot wide of the post before being clattered late.
    • 22' A superb effort from Barton! Kemy Agustien is guilty of a foul and then allowing QPR to take the free-kick quickly and when the ball is worked to Barton his fantastic effort from range is tipped over by Vorm.
    • 15' GOAL! Swansea 1-0 QPR! A glorious goal from Graham, who was a summer target for QPR. Routledge picks him out with a neat cross and after he controls well with his thigh, and is fortunate that Fitz Hall fails to clear, he takes a lovely touch to stop the ball and curls an inch-perfect shot inside the post.
    • 8' Now Swansea attempt to apply some pressure and Danny Graham makes a darting run to the near post to meet a corner, only to see his flicked shot fail to find the target.
    • 16:30 TEAMS - Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Williams, Caulker, Richards, Sinclair, Britton, Agustien, Allen, Routledge, Graham; Subs: Tremmel, Dyer, Dobbie, Monk, Lita, Moore, Gower /// QPR: Kenny, Young, Hill, Hall, Traore, Mackie, Barton, Derry, Faurlin, Taarabt, Helguson; Subs: Cerny, Orr, Gabbidon, Bothroyd, Connolly, Smith, Wright-Phillips

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      Goalkeeper
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      Defenders
      Substitution Out57′ 5.4 6
      6.3 6
      4.6 6
      Yellow Card 4.6 5
      Midfielders
      4.8 7
      3.9 6
      5.7 6
      Strikers
      Substitution Out57′ 4.4 6
      5.8 7
      Goal 6.6 8
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      Yellow Card 4.9 5
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      5.6 6
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      Yellow Card 4.1 6
      Goal 6.3 7
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