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Swansea City's Wayne Routledge celebrates scoring their second goal with Nathan Dyer during the Barclays Premier League match at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea

Swansea City's Wayne Routledge celebrates scoring their second goal with Nathan Dyer during the Barclays Premier League match at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea

Swansea City's Wayne Routledge celebrates scoring their second goal with Nathan Dyer during the Barclays Premier League match at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea

Swansea moved into the top six of the Premier League after Ki Sung-yueng finally unlocked QPR's defence to win 2-0 at the Liberty Stadium.

Rangers defended resiliently for 78 minutes before Swansea's top goalscorer Wilfried Bony turned provider and set up the South Korean midfielder for his first Liberty goal, a sweet strike past the previously unbeatable Rob Green.

The goalkeeper had made several excellent stops to keep the scores level but he was beaten again four minutes later when substitute Nathan Dyer set up Rangers old boy Wayne Routledge from just outside the area. Harry Redknapp showed all his vast experience to set up a Rangers side to frustrate confident Swansea and as the game went into the final quarter it looked as if they might collect the point necessary to escape the bottom three.

But Ki's angled drive off Green's far post and Routledge's third goal of the season added to Rangers' travel sickness which has failed to see them acquire an away point since their promotion.

Swansea came closest to breaking the deadlock after 37 minutes when Barton was booked for bringing down Routledge and Sigurdsson curled the free-kick around the Rangers wall.

Green dived to his left to keep the shot out with television replays showing how close the ball was to crossing the line, only fractions preventing Swansea from taking the lead.

But having dominated the first half there was almost a nasty sting in the tail for Swansea when Krancjar crossed for Leroy Fer to steal into the box, but his header was sent straight at Lukasz Fabianski on his goal-line.

Rangers were relieved when Green flapped at Montero's cross and no Swansea player gambled in the six-yard box, Yun allowed to scramble the ball to safety.

Moments later Bony connected far better with Montero's centre but Green made an excellent stop low at his near post.

Rangers got some brief respite when Fer found some space in a crowded penalty area but Bony, of all people, was back in his own six-yard box to deflect the shot over bar. But their resolute defending was to count for nothing as Swansea finally broke through in the final 12 minutes and Bony was close to adding a third in stoppage time when he struck a post.


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