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Swansea City 3-0 Queens Park Rangers

Courtney Baker-Richardson celebrates scoring a goal with George Byers of Swansea City
Courtney Baker-Richardson joined Swansea after a successful season with Leamington

Swansea beat Queens Park Rangers in impressive fashion to end their recent barren run in front of goal.

Courtney Baker-Richardson scored his first senior goal and could have had a hat-trick before the break as the hosts dominated throughout the contest.

QPR showed signs of recovering in the second half before Connor Roberts and Jay Fulton struck late to give the Swans a first win in four matches.

That took them up to seventh in the table, while QPR drop down to 18th.

Swansea had failed to score in their previous three fixtures, a drought of 291 minutes which saw them start this match as the joint-second lowest scorers in the Championship.

Manager Graham Potter made some creative tweaks to his team in order to arrest that slump, handing striker Baker-Richardson only his second league start and deploying usual centre-forward Oli McBurnie just behind him in the number 10 role.

It proved an inspired change, with both players combining to put the Swans ahead after a quarter of an hour.

Following patient build-up in midfield, right-back Kyle Naughton swung a deep cross towards the back post, where McBurnie nodded the ball back across goal to Baker-Richardson, who showed agility and poise to hook in from close range.

The 22-year-old should have doubled his and Swansea's lead less than two minutes later but, after a sweeping move which presented him with an open goal, Baker-Richardson somehow managed to launch the ball over the bar.

Another chance came and went before half-time as Baker-Richardson fired straight at QPR keeper Joe Lumley from close range, and there was a creeping sense at the Liberty Stadium that Swansea would soon need to start taking their opportunities or risk squandering what seemed like three points there for the taking.

The visitors grew into the game after the break, with Nakhi Wells and strike partner Tomer Hemed getting into promising positions on more than one occasion.

But QPR failed to build on that improvement, and Swansea eventually made sure of victory.

Roberts scored a smart first goal for the club, cutting inside on to his apparently weaker left foot and finishing powerfully, via a deflection.

Substitute midfielder Fulton then added a third soon after, his drive also taking a touch on its way in to seal a handsome win.

Swansea City manager Graham Potter said:

"We haven't played as well as we would have liked at the Liberty and it was important to play well in front of our supporters.

"Our supporters have been brilliant. They have stuck with us even though we haven't given them too much to shout about at home. I think they have appreciated our effort.

"But today we took a step forward in terms of our performance and what we are trying to do.

"It's only one step forward. We have another game on Tuesday so we can enjoy this for a nanosecond before we have to start focusing on Tuesday night [against Wigan].

"Overall, I am really proud of the players. They have worked really hard all year and it's nice for them to get a clean sheet, three points and three goals."

Queens Park Rangers manager Steve McLaren said:

"I am [disappointed] with the scoreline. First 15 minutes I thought we started well. We created chances, the final ball was not right, not clinical in front of goal.

"We conceded from their first attack. We came back well, the second half especially. We had chances to equalise and got punished.

"After the second goal, there was only one result. It was not a 3-0 game. We're just not scoring. We're not clinical enough at the present moment."

Line-ups

Swansea

  • 25Mulder
  • 26Naughton
  • 5van der Hoorn
  • 22Rodon
  • 23Roberts
  • 28ByersSubstituted forOlssonat 84'minutes
  • 14Carroll
  • 10CelinaSubstituted forFultonat 71'minutes
  • 21Grimes
  • 46Baker-RichardsonSubstituted forFerat 71'minutes
  • 9McBurnie

Substitutes

  • 1Nordfeldt
  • 3Olsson
  • 8Fer
  • 17Carter-Vickers
  • 19McKay
  • 20James
  • 27Fulton

QPR

  • 13Lumley
  • 22Rangel
  • 15Baptiste
  • 33Lynch
  • 3BidwellBooked at 29mins
  • 10EzeSubstituted forSmithat 70'minutes
  • 21LuongoBooked at 26mins
  • 5Cameron
  • 7FreemanSubstituted forWszolekat 87'minutes
  • 16Hemed
  • 32WellsBooked at 76minsSubstituted forHallat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Ingram
  • 4Hall
  • 17Smith
  • 20Osayi-Samuel
  • 23Wszolek
  • 24Kakay
  • 38Smyth
Referee:
Kevin Friend
Attendance:
18,633

Match Stats

Home TeamSwanseaAway TeamQPR
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home10
Away14
Shots on Target
Home4
Away1
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home6
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Swansea City 3, Queens Park Rangers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Swansea City 3, Queens Park Rangers 0.

Attempt missed. Grant Hall (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jake Bidwell with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Kyle Naughton.

Oliver McBurnie (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Joel Lynch (Queens Park Rangers).

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Pawel Wszolek replaces Luke Freeman.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Grant Hall replaces Nahki Wells.

Attempt missed. Nahki Wells (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Massimo Luongo.

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Angel Rangel.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Martin Olsson replaces George Byers.

Goal!

Goal! Swansea City 3, Queens Park Rangers 0. Jay Fulton (Swansea City) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Oliver McBurnie.

Attempt blocked. Angel Rangel (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Angel Rangel (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Luke Freeman.

Matt Grimes (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Massimo Luongo (Queens Park Rangers).

Goal!

Goal! Swansea City 2, Queens Park Rangers 0. Connor Roberts (Swansea City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jay Fulton.

Booking

Nahki Wells (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Kyle Naughton (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Nahki Wells (Queens Park Rangers).

Attempt blocked. Connor Roberts (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by George Byers.

Attempt missed. Joel Lynch (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Matt Smith with a headed pass following a corner.

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Oliver McBurnie.

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Leroy Fer.

Attempt blocked. Tomer Hemed (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nahki Wells.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Jay Fulton replaces Bersant Celina.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Leroy Fer replaces Courtney Baker-Richardson.

Delay in match Joe Lumley (Queens Park Rangers) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Matt Smith replaces Eberechi Eze.

Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Tomer Hemed tries a through ball, but Nahki Wells is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Eberechi Eze (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Massimo Luongo.

Attempt blocked. Luke Freeman (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tomer Hemed.

Attempt missed. George Byers (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Tom Carroll.

Attempt missed. Nahki Wells (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

Foul by Courtney Baker-Richardson (Swansea City).

Massimo Luongo (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Angel Rangel.

Attempt missed. Bersant Celina (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Kyle Naughton.

Attempt blocked. Oliver McBurnie (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Bersant Celina.

goal

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