QPR Take 'Liberty's' at Swansea...
Swansea 0-0 QPR
QPR gained a decent point away at Swansea, but according to reports, were more than fortunate to get away with a draw in a game that saw the home side play nearly 70 minutes with a centre back in goal.
A trip to South Wales midweek was sadly a bit too much for me at this and indeed, none of the gang made the trip, but on reading various reports, it does in fact seem that it was a poor performance from the R's, despite what IS, a good result and certainly one I would have taken before the kick off if offered. Obviously, I can't put any personal comments towards the game, but the BBC report probably speaks volumes to what I have been hearing and reading since the full time whistle...
Swansea maintained their unbeaten home record against Queens Park Rangers but had to do it with defender Alan Tate acting as a make-shift goalkeeper.
Stopper Dorus de Vries suffered a suspected broken jaw on 26 minutes after a challenge from Martin Rowlands that saw the QPR captain booked.
With no replacement on the bench it meant Tate was handed the task of replacing the injured Dutchman.
But QPR were unable to muster any real threat to test Tate between the sticks.
Iain Dowie's comments on the Official site, also pulled no punches...
We didn't play well, we didn't pass the ball well or retain it well enough.
They've had an outfield player playing in goal and we haven't tested him at all and that is not good enough.
For 70 minutes he's not done anything. But then we couldn't test him without the ball and Swansea moved it about well and made it difficult for us to get it back when we lost it.
On the injury to Swansea keeper, Dorus de Vries, Dowie added;
Martin's not that kind of player. The ball was there to be won but unfortunately he's caught him. We hope he makes a speedy recovery and wish him all the best.
QPR: Cerny, Delaney, Stewart, Mahon, Hall, Leigertwood, Blackstock, Buzsaky, Rowlands (Parejo 59), Ramage (Connolly (80), Cook (Ledesma (65).Subs: Cole, Balanta.