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Monday, October 20, 2008

Next: QPR vs Swansea

Update: The QPR Official Site notes the game is all-ticket -

QPR travel to newly-promoted Swansea tomorrow. Swansea are currently 10th, with one point fewer than QPR and unbeaten at home (2 wins and 3 draws, scoring 9 and letting in 5 goals.) Championship Table. QPR have one of the worse away records in the Championship. On Saturday, Swansea drew 2-2 at Ipswich.
--Swansea results this season
-- Swansea's Squad --
-- Swansea Stats for the season

PAST ENCOUNTERS: QPR vs Swansea: Head to Head results

Last QPR vs Swansea Encounter: QPR last played Swansea in August 2004 in the Carling Cup. QPR winning 3-0 with goals from Cureton, Rowlands and Gallen.
QPR: Day, Bignot, Shittu (Bean 20), Forbes, Padula, Rowlands, Gallen, Santos, Cook, Cureton (Bircham 56), Furlong (McLeod 82). Subs Not Used: Cole, Edghill.
Swansea Gueret, Tate, O'Leary, Ricketts, Robinson (Fisken 61), Austin, Monk, Forbes, Britton, Nugent (Maylett 61), Trundle. Subs Not Used: Murphy, Connor, Jones. - Match Report

QPR last played in Swansea, in 2001 in the FA Cup!....Prior to that victory, the two clubs' first meeting for 20 years was QPR's November 2001 FA Cup humiliation, QPR losimg 0-4 at Swansea (Memorable also in that directly after the loss Kevin Gallen rejoined QPR "Gallen Back at QPR") QPR's Team: Digby, Forbes, Warren, Palmer, Plummer, Perry, Connolly, Bignot, Bonnot, Griffiths, Dodou. Subs: Bruce, Wardley, Bull, Paquette, Burgess. Match Report

In the League, the two clubs last met in the old Division 2 (now the Championship) almost 30 years ago: 1980/1981 season. QPR drew 0-0 at home (under Tommy Docherty) and won 2-1 at Swansea (under Terry Venables), with goals from Tommy Langley and Andy King.
- In the last encounter at Loftus Road, Docherty's team: Woods, Gillard, Wicks, Roeder, Mcreery,Waddock, Shanks, Currie, Burke, Langley, Fereday - Sub Hazell.
- At Swansea, Venables QPR team: Burridge, Gillard, Wicks, Roeder, Shanks, Currie, Fenwick, Mcreery, Silkman, Stainrod, Langley - Sub Waddock

QPR-Swansea Links: Jeremy Charles, Robbie James, Leight James, Garry Chivers, Kevin McLeod, Leon Knight. Marcus Bean was on loan at Swansea. Swansea were managed by ex-QPR Assistant Manager, Kenny Jackett.

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Western Daily Mail - Monk: Press comments fired us up
SKIPPER Garry Monk.... ''We don't fear anyone in this league and we know that when we are firing on all cylinders then we are a tough team to cope with,'' he said.
''People will put us as underdogs and expect us to struggle to get anything on the road.
''That's fine because we know what we are about. A lot of new teams to the Championship would have crumbled at Ipswich after going 1-0 down, but we didn't.
''It shows a lot about the character of this team that we turned the home fans on their own team.
''It helped us a little bit after I read in the local paper that Swansea were going to struggle and Ipswich would comfortably win 2-0.
''I told the boys in the huddle before the game about it. I told them 'Look, this is what the locals are saying. Let's prove them wrong'.
''We did that and, although we are a little disappointed to have only come away with a draw, I'm glad the local press was proved wrong.''
Swansea now return to home soil to take in two games at the Liberty Stadium this week.
First up is tomorrow's visit of Queens Park Rangers before Southampton arrive on Saturday.
And Monk is expecting Swansea to maintain their performance when they come up against Iain Dowie's pre-season promotion contenders.
''It's going to be tough but we know that any team in this league can beat one another,'' he said.
''A lot has been made of the money that QPR have, but it's about what happens on the pitch that matters.
''We don't worry about the opposition. The gaffer always tells us before games to get ourselves right, and if we do that then we will give every team in this league a game.'' Western Daily Mail

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