QPR 1-0 Swansea
QPR gained their first win in 10 games with a much deserved victory over Swansea at Loftus Road, with a goal from Mikele Leigertwood.
Well, I have to be honest after Rangers recent run, I was dreading this game. More so after hearing the starting line up which baffled many, with no Blackstock, Routledge and Stewart.
QPR: Cerny, Hall, Leigertwood, Gorkss, Ramage, Connolly, Lòpez, Alberti, Di Carmine, Ephraim, Taarabt.
But I have to say, that after this much needed and much deserved win, Paulo Sousa got his tactics absolutely spot on tonight!!
The goal, QPR's first in four games, came on 30 minutes - Jordi Lopez swung in a deep cross from a free kick from the right wing and Leigertwood shrugged off his marker to head home past Dorus de Vries in the Swansea goal. There was much relief around Loftus Road and it seemed like we had almost forgotten how to celebrate a goal.
Swansea did have decent spells of possession, but found the R's back four resolute. The midfield also tonight were outstanding and QPR looked dangerous coming forward with Matteo Alberti having a fine game on the right. The highlight of the evening for me were the performances of home debutant, Adel Taarabt and Hogan Ephraim, who complimented eachother superbly and were a joy to watch.
QPR: Cerny, Hall (Delaney 84), Leigertwood, Gorkss, Ramage, Connolly, Lòpez (Miller 87) Alberti, Di Carmine (Helguson 74), Ephraim, Taarabt. Subs: Vine, German.
Lofty's Man of the Match - Hogan Ephraim!
I must say, after many weeks, how refreshing it is to be sitting here writing these notes after not only a decent win, but a very decent performance. Also great to have so many choices for the man of the match - Radek Cerny and the back four were solid thoughout, with special mention to another great performance from Peter Ramage at right back. The midfield were awesome, with Ephraim, Alberti and Taarabt looking exciting when coming forward. Not forgetting Samuel Di Carmine who worked his socks off in his lone striking role.
There is not much more to say other than it was thoroughly enjoyable and long may it continue...