Tuesday 12 December 2017

Mackie pounces to secure share of the spoils as QPR stop rot

Swansea 1 QPR 1

Andrew Gwilym

Jamie Mackie scored for the second game running to earn Queens Park Rangers a thoroughly deserved point at the Liberty Stadium last night and end a run of three straight defeats.

The Scotland winger coolly slotted home a 58th-minute equaliser after Leon Britton's defensive header slipped between his own defenders to allow Mackie in on goal.

Swansea had led from the 14th minute thanks to Danny Graham's sixth goal of the season, after the striker was given too much time to control a Wayne Routledge cross before turning and firing low into the net as the QPR defence appealed in vain for handball.

Brendan Rodgers' side had reason to feel aggrieved after Graham was denied what looked a clear penalty in the closing stages as he went down under Armand Traore's challenge, but referee Lee Probert was not interested.

The hosts were on top early on, with Graham having an effort cleared by Rangers' Alejandro Faurlin before supplying the lead.

It took a great block by Hill to deny Graham a second as the striker waited to pounce on Scott Sinclair's ball across the box, before Vorm made a flying stop to keep out Barton's long-range effort.

QPR controlled the early stages of the second half as Taarabt and Faurlin teased the home defence, with the Moroccan flashing a volley just wide before Mackie pounced to calmly guide the ball through the legs of Vorm.

The two sides shared half-chances, but neither could find a knockout blow -- though Barton did, of sorts, his poor tackle on Richards earning him a yellow card.

Irish Independent

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