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Sunday, August 19, 2012

QPR Report Sunday: "The Horror. The Horror..." Swansea Match Reports, Comments, Photos, Video...."On This Day" QPR Opening Results


- Collection of Zimbio Photos from QPR vs Swansea


"On This Day" (August 19) QPR Games...

August 19, 1967: Forty-Five years ago! - Newly-promoted QPR kicked off their first season back in Division II with a 1-1 draw at Portsmouth. Roger Morgan scored QPR's goal. Ron Springett made his return debut for QPR. Rodney Marsh was out with a broken foot. (QPR's team: Springett. Clement Keetch, Hazell, Harris, Lazarus, Keen, I. Morgan, R. Morgan, Allen, Leach.

August 19, 1972, Gordon Jago's version of "Total Football": QPR made their home debut (having drawn their opening game 2-2 at Swindon) winning 4-2 against Sheffield Wednesday with Don Givens making his home debut (Bowles and Thomas had yet to join!) (Goals from Francis, O'Rourke, Givens, Leach). Parkes, Clement, Mancinin Hazell, Watson, VEnables, Francis Busby, Leach O'Rouke, Givens.

August 19, 1975: Having defeated Liverpool on opening day, QPR had another home game, which unfortunately they drew 1-1 versus Aston Villa. Gerry Francis scoring again: Parkes, Clement McLintock, Abbot, Gillard, Francis, Masson, Leach, Bowles, Thomas, Givens.

August 19, 1978 (in what turned out to be QPR's relegation season. Steve Burtenshaw made his debut as QPR manager. QPR lost 1-2 at Liverpool. Paul McGee scoring. Team: Parkes, Clement Howe, Shanks Gillard, Hollins, Francis, Busby, Bowles, Eastoe, Mcgeee

August 19, 1980 - QPR's first home game: Bristol Rovers. (after losing the openier at Oldham), Wayne Fereday made his QPR debut with 2 goals as QPR won 4-0 against Bristol Rovers. Team: Woods, Mcreery, Gillard, Wicks, Roeder Currie, Waddock Shanks, Burke, Hill, Fereday, Hazell!

August 19, 1987 QPR 1 Derby 1. Having won opener at West Ham 3-0, QPR drew 1-1 Bannister with Paul Parker making his home debut.
Seaman, Dawes, McDonald, Parker, Dennis< fenwick Coney Allen Brock Byrne Bannister

August 19,1989 - QPR 2 Crystal Palace 0 - Mark Wright on his debut scored twice. 2. Martin Allen's last game as he left Trevor Francis's QPR. Team: Seaman, CHanning McDonald, Parker, Sansom, Spackman REid, Wright Clarke Sinton
Allen - Falco and maddix subs.

August 19, 1992 - First home game QPR 3 Southampton 1 (Ferdinand 2 and Bardsley). Team: Roberts Bardsley, MCdonald, Peaco**, Wilson Sinton Holloway, Wilkins, Impey, Bailey Ferdinand

August 19, 1995 -In what turned out to be QPR's final season in the Premiership, Ray Wilkins's Les Ferdinand departed QPR started with a narrow away loss at Blackburn 1-0. Team: Roberts, Bardsley, Brevett, Holloway, Impey, Maddix Maconald Wilkins, Sinclair Barker, Dichio Gallen - Osborn Sub.

August 19, 2006 - Preston 1 QPR 1

QPR: P Jones, Milanese, Stewart, Rehman, Rose, Ainsworth (Baidoo 90), Ward, Rowlands (Lomas 10), Cook, R Jones (Gallen 86), Blackstock Subs: Cole, Kanyuka, Baidoo Scorers: Ainsworth 4,

And not a game but August 19, 2008
No QPR-Genoa Friendly

- There were messageboard reports that QPR would be playing a friendly against Genoa. Now this announcement on the official site saying no friendly "Genoa Friendly Off." There never was any official announcement by QPR - or by Genoa (as far as I could find) - that there would be a Friendly. .

Despite reports to the contrary, QPR will not be playing Genoa in a friendly later this month.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused. QPR

August 19, 2008 But we did play a closed-door friendly vs West Ham (2-2) which the club DID report on - QPR Squad: Crowther, Oastler, Stewart, Harris, Femy, Alberti, Rowlands, Bolder, Di Carmine, Ephraim, Rose, Bulmer, Flood, Arthur, Maguire, Nanetti, Ford. QPR  On This Day


Photos from QPR vs Swansea

Chairman Fernandes Tweets

“@tonyfernandes: We haven't jelled yet. Have faith and be optimistic.”

“@tonyfernandes: That was a pretty poor anniversary. Worse than last season. But I remain positive.”

Fernandes There are some positives. Ji was great. Hoillet looked good. We dominaited the first half. I don't honestly feel that bad. But 5 0 is 5 0. Body punch and I'm still fat.

“@tonyfernandes: Defense was very poor today. No excuses. But this is a far better place we are in than last season at bolton.”


R’s boss delivers frank assessment following opening-day defeat to Swansea

We did not deserve anything from this game because of the manner of our performance"

Mark Hughes

MARK HUGHES labelled QPR’s first performance of the season against Swansea as “unacceptable” as he watched his side lose 5-0 at Loftus Road.

The Swans took the lead through Michu before second-half goals from Michu, Nathan Dyer and Scott Sinclair sealed the win for the South Wales outfit.

“The only positive was the start we made to the game,” Hughes told www.qpr.co.uk. “I thought we were positive and comfortable in the opening period.

“The worst-case scenario when you play Swansea is you concede first, because then they can keep possession, frustrate you and pick you off. Unfortunately that’s what happened all game from their opening goal onwards.

“Our tempo wasn’t quick enough so they were able to get people behind the ball. Our passing was poor on the day and they picked us off at will.

“Towards the end of the game we were chasing it and committing people forward, and Swansea ere very adept at picking the right pass at the right time.

“Unfortunately a lot of our fundamentals which we work on week in, week out went out the window and that is unacceptable.

When asked about the nature of the first Swans goal, Hughes said: “Rob Green will be disappointed with it but I was more concerned with what was going on in front of him. We have got to be better in that respect.

“There is still a lot of work to do. It was a wake-up call. Maybe everybody was getting a little but excited about what’s ahead of us but we, as a group, understand there’s a lot of hard work needed.

“Today wasn’t the level I expect us to perform at. You can make all the excuses in the world that it was a hot day and the first game of the season, but that doesn’t wash with me. We need to perform better.

“In the end we were ragged, made bad decisions, the accuracy of our passing was poor all day and as a consequence we got picked off very easily.

“All credit to Swansea, they played exceptionally well and they took their chances when they came.”

At the start of the second-half, with Swansea 1-0 ahead, Junior Hoilett seemed to be brought down in the area but Rangers’ appeals for a penalty were dismissed by referee Lee Probert.

“You’ve seen them given,” Hughes added, “and that would have been a boost for us because we were ok in the initial period.

“But in the end we did not deserve anything from this game because of the manner of our performance.

“We have to improve markedly.

“We will pick ourselves up. This might be the making of us.”


Dave McINtyre/West London Sport
QPR boss promises immediate improvement

QPR manager Mark Hughes promised an immediate improvement from his side after they were sent crashing to a 5-0 opening-day defeat at home to Swansea.

Rob Green’s early mistake gifted the lead to City, who helped themselves to four more goals as Rangers went to pieces in the second half.

Hughes made no excuses for their display and insisted there would be no repeat against Norwich next weekend.

“What happened? Well, after we conceded the first goal we basically played into Swansea’s hands,” said Hughes, who left Bobby Zamora on the bench because the striker has a knee problem.

“We’re disappointed with the first goal and from that point we were trying to chase the game – certainly in the latter stages when we went a bit gung-ho.

“I thought we started brightly and the [first] goal came against the run of play. But after that, in terms of the level needed in the Premier League, it wasn’t good enough.

“We have talent in the group. It’s about doing the right things and unfortunately today our decision-making was poor and the longer it went on the worst we got.

“I expected a much more accomplished performance than was delivered and next week will be fundamentally better.

“It’s one game. We have 37 other opportunities to make sure it doesn’t happen again. The whole group will be better next week.”


Wales on Sunday

Goal made us lose the plot

BEMUSED QPR boss Mark Hughes felt his side paid the penalty for chasing the game as Swansea City marked the start of the Michael Laudrup era with a sensational victory.

Swansea notched up their biggest away win for five years – but Hughes felt it was a Loftus Road defeat entirely of Rangers’ making.

“After the first goal we basically played into Swansea’s hands,” bemoaned the former Wales manager.

“It was an ideal scenario for them to score first because of the way they keep possession and invite teams onto them.

“I’m sure that was perfect for their game plan. We were disappointed with the first goal we conceded and after that we were always trying to chase the game.

“That was certainly the case in the latter periods when we got ragged and didn’t stick to our fundamentals.

“If you do that in the Premier League you get picked off and Swansea are adept at that as they proved.

“Initially I thought we started very brightly but they scored against the run of play.

“And, after that, our performance to get Premier League points was nowhere near the level we need to be at.”

Neil Warnock’s Rangers suffered a similar opening-day embarrassment at home to Bolton 12 months ago when they lost 4-0.

But Hughes – who kept Rangers up on the final day of last season – insisted there was no time to mope about the result.

“We’ve got to pick ourselves up, we didn’t envisage that, but maybe it’s good that it’s come now,” he said.

“We’re under no false pretences that this is going to be a real difficult league this year but we have the capability and talent in the group to do well. We’ve got to do the right things at the right time but, unfortunately, our decision-making was poor as was our passing and accuracy.

“The more it went on the worse we got, people were just running out of position trying to make things happen.

“It’s difficult when you’re chasing the game at home because you want to do well for your fans and want to show that you’re trying to affect the game.

“But when you do that you’ve still got to do the fundamentals as well, keep your discipline and defensive work. But because we were poor we got picked off at the end.”

Hughes praised Swansea for their passing principles which Laudrup has been keen to preach while perhaps getting the ball forward slightly quicker into offensive positions.

“They kept the ball well and knocked it around a bit,” he said.

“They possibly popped the wider players in a little bit more, they were a bit more narrow and played between the lines – but I felt the result was down more to our lack of nous.

“We talked about their shape and what we were going to try to do to them but we didn’t execute that.

“We played three in there to match them in the middle of the park and, initially, I felt it was working well.

“Once we went behind we lost our shape but it’s one game.

“We have a chance now to get another 37 opportunities to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

“It’s about making sure that we learn from today and take the positives from it.

“Ji-Sung Park was one of those positives, he kept going and tried to galvanise the team.

“His energy was really important for us but there weren’t too many helping him.

“We’ll address that and hopefully the whole group will be better next week.

“In the end we were going down blind alleys. It was a collective thing and we need to be better as a team.

“It was a really warm day and it was hard for them to effect the game when we went behind – but I expected much more of a performance than was delivered.”

Hughes, though, did feel that Rangers might have had a penalty with the score standing at 1-0 early in the second half when Junior Hoilett tumbled under Angel Rangel’s challenge.

“I’ve seen them given,” he said. “The referee was right on the spot, his position was good, but his interpretation of that was it didn’t merit a penalty, so you accept that.”


Dave Mcintyre/West London Sport

Woe for Green as Swansea destroy QPR

Rob Green’s mistake eight minutes into his debut set Swansea up for an opening-day humiliation of big-spending QPR at Loftus Road.

The goalkeeper should have gathered Miguel Michu’s tame eighth-minute shot comfortably but instead allowed the ball to squirm through his hands and into the net.

Michu struck again early in the second half, coolly slotting home after being picked out by former Rangers man Wayne Routledge.

Swansea’s dream start to Michael Laudrup’s reign as manager continued when Nathan Dyer netted the third following more good work by Routledge.

Dyer then helped himself to another goal after drifting behind a sleeping R’s defence to collect Kemy Augustien’s ball forward.

The rout was completed when Michu strolled away from Anton Ferdinand and fed substitute Scott Sinclair, who belted in the fifth.

Much has been expected of Green following his summer move from West Ham, but his error left his new team chasing the game.

And chase they did, with Jamie Mackie missing a great chance to equalise after Adel Taarabt’s shot ricocheted into his path.

Keeper Michel Vorm was able to parry Mackie’s close-range effort and the loose ball was hacked away from near the line by Chico Flores.

Junior Hoilett also missed an opportunity to score, heading wide from a cross by fellow debutant Fabio, before a 25-yarder from Taarabt was well saved by Vorm.

Rangers dominated most of the half but were twice rescued by the woodwork shortly before the break.

First, Ashley Williams headed against the crossbar after Green had been caught out by Jonathan de Guzman’s left-wing corner.

Then, after Green again struggled to deal with a high ball, Michu’s volley from the edge of the six-yard box also struck the bar.

Samba Diakite, whose permanent signing from Nancy was rubber-stamped this summer, shook off a knee problem in time to play.

Ji-sung Park – also making his debut – was handed the captain’s armband by manager Mark Hughes, who had every reason to believe his side would find a way back into the match.

Instead, they fell further behind after Routledge raced past Nedum Onuoha and found Michu, who steered the ball beyond Green.

Worse followed for Rangers when Fabio gave the ball away in midfeld and Clint Hill was caught out by Routledge’s subsequent pass to Dyer, who finished well.

Dyer’s second goal ensured QPR were dead and buried by the time another summer arrival, Andrew Johnson, came off the bench for his debut.

Twelve months – and another string of signings – on from their 4-0 opening-day loss to Bolton, Sinclair’s 80th-minute goal meant Rangers started this campaign with an even heavier defeat.


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Miguel Michu and Nathan Dyer both scored twice as Swansea City condemned Mark Hughes’s new-look QPR side to a crushing opening-day defeat on Saturday afternoon.

Michu struck early in each half, scoring with a shot which new Rangers keeper Rob Green should have saved in the first half, and adding a clinical second after half-time.

Dyer added a third for Michael Laudrup’s side just after the hour-mark, tapped in a fourth as Rangers fell apart, before Scott Sinclair fired in a fifth to seal a quite stunning win for Swansea.

It was a result which – with striking similarities to last season’s opening day defeat to Bolton Wanderers, raises serious question-marks for a QPR side who invested so heavily during pre-season.

Four of Hughes’s summer signings were on show here, with Rob Green in goal, Fabio at left-back, Ji-Sung Park in midfield and Hoilett on the left of a three-man attack, while Andy Johnson came on in the second half, to no avail.

Despite a promising spell in the first half, when QPR created several good chances, the home side played without cohesion for much of the match. More worrying still was the manner in which they capitulated once Michu scored the visitors’ second.

After a fairly sedate opening, Swansea stunned the hosts by taking an eighth-minute lead. Impressive approach play from Wayne Routledge ended with Michu trying his luck from the edge of the area, and his shot slipped through Green’s hands to nestle in the keeper’s bottom left corner.

The home side responded well, and dominated the next 30 minutes, carving out plenty of chances. Jamie Mackie should have scored but could only scuff a close-range shot at Michel Vorm. Adel Taarabt and Samba Diakite had efforts blocked, while Fabio curled an effort over the crossbar.

In contrast to Green’s disastrous start, Junior Hoilett was revelling in his left-wing role. The former Blackburn man was all energy and running, and might have scored a fine equaliser when he cut in from the wing and curled a shot two feet wide of Vorm’s post. He came close again shortly afterwards, beating Vorm to Fabio’s chipped pass put floating his header across goal and wide.

But despite QPR’s dominance, they should have fallen further behind before half-time, as Swansea twice struck the woodwork. Ashley Williams provided the first scare, his powerful header from Jonathan de Guzman’s corner crashing back into play off the face of the crossbar.

With Rangers suddenly under pressure, another de Guzman corner left Green stranded and fell to Michu, who lashed a shot onto the face of the bar. Routledge hooked the rebound into the stand.

Hoilett was straight into the action at the start of the second half, driving into the area and tumbling under Angel Rangel’s challenge, but referee Lee Probert waved play-on.

Swansea made it 2-0 eight minutes into the second half. Routledge led a swift counter-attack into the QPR half and played in Michu, who swept a first-time finish into the top corner.

Things went from bad to worse for QPR, as Swansea quickly added a third. Routledge was again the architect, threading a pass which Clint Hill failed to intercept, allowing Dyer to find the corner.

Dyer then lost his marker to prod in past Green, before second-half substitute Sinclair got in on the act, cracking in a shot which gave Green no chance.

QPR: Green, Diakite, Ferdinand, Hill, Park, Cisse, Taarabt, Mackie, Onuoha, Fabio, Hoilett.

Subs: Murphy, Derry, Johnson, Wright-Phillips, Nelsen, Dyer, Zamora.

Swansea City: Vorm, Taylor, Flores, Williams, Britton, Michu, Graham, Dyer, Routledge, de Guzman, Rangel. Subs: Tremmel, Tate, Sinclair, Moore, Agustien, Gower, Richards.

Attendance 18,072


Swansea thrash QPR to give Michael Laudrup's tenure a brilliant start

Sachin Nakrani at Loftus Road
guardian.co.uk, Saturday 18 August 2012 12.05 EDT

Extremely early days it may be but it appears that life after Brendan Rodgers is not going to be terrible for Swansea after all. Quite the opposite, if this first game of the Michael Laudrup era is anything to go by: a resounding victory secured on the back of a stylish display and one in which the club's new signings all impressed. A dream start for the man who was part of Barcelona's "Dream Team".

Laudrup is not the type to get carried away but even he is sure to feel a surge of optimism following this win – Swansea's first on the opening day of a season in seven attempts. Of particular delight for the Dane will be the contribution of Michu, the elegant Spanish midfielder who scored two of Swansea's goals, the second a sublime first-time curling shot from the edge of the area.

The 26-year-old was signed for £2m from Rayo Vallecano in the summer having scored 15 goals in La Liga last season, the most by any midfielder in Spain's top flight, prompting observers to wonder if he would go on to be the Premier League's bargain acquisition of the season. So far, so very good.

There were also impressive displays from fellow summer signings Chico Flores and Jonathan de Guzmán.

All contributed to a composed team performance that suggests Swansea will continue to put an emphasis on possession but have added a ruthless streak that could mean they match or even better last season's 11th-place finish. "Winning on my debut, away from home, 5-0, nobody could have dreamed of that," Laudrup said. "I'm very happy for the players. It is very important to know you can win away games, it gives you a lot of confidence for the rest of the season.

"He [Michu] did great. When you take players from abroad you look at the quality but it is also important to look at the personality and making sure they can fit into this way of playing and culture. These [new] players have all played for small clubs – Chico and Jonathan for Mallorca, Michu for Rayo, but they all have the personality to do well."

Laudrup also rightly praised the contributions of the two wide men he deployed, Wayne Routledge, who played a part in Swansea's opening three goals, and Nathan Dyer, who also scored twice. Substitute Scott Sinclair sealed the rout in the 81st minute.

For Queens Park Rangers there was little to cheer about. Having succeeded in defying relegation last season and gone on to sign eight players during the summer, five of whom started here, expectations were high. But, for a second ​season running, they have suffered a home mauling on the first day.

No one will be feeling worse than Rob Green, who on his debut following a free transfer from West Ham was at fault for the opening goal, allowing Michu's curling shot following Routledge's driving run to squirm past his grasp after eight minutes. The comparisons with what happened to the goalkeeper during the last World Cup was obvious, although the mistake that meant Clint Dempsey scored in England's opening game of the tournament against the United States was arguably more horrendous.

QPR, to their credit, drove on and created enough chances before half-time to have taken the lead, most notably from another of Mark Hughes's summer signings, Junior Hoilett, who saw a curling shot and a header go just wide.

The hosts, captained by another new recruit, Park Ji-sung, continued to dominate possession but Swansea remained composed and could have extended their lead prior to the interval when Flores and Michu both struck the bar from close range.

Michu, who was a strong, skilful presence behind Swansea's lone striker, Danny Graham, was not to be denied and scored again on 53 minutes, in style, following another Routledge run. Dyer got his first 10 minutes later after Clint Hill had failed to clear Routledge's through pass and struck again on 71 minutes from close range.

QPR were shell-shocked, with their linkup play becoming increasingly ragged and it was little surprise when Sinclair made it 5-0, the winger having come on to the sound of boos from the away supporters for expressing a desire to leave Swansea.

Those same fans were cheering again soon after, though, having heard that Liverpool, the club Rodgers departed from Swansea to join, had lost 3-0 to West Bromwich Albion.

For QPR there is now a need to reflect before Saturday's visit to Norwich. "We've got to pick ourselves up," Hughes said. "We're now under no false pretences about how difficult this league is. But we have a talented group and I'm sure they can learn from today."


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