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15:54 14th March 2010

Dyer strike not enough as Swans are held

The Swans took a share of the spoils at Loftus Road as the home side struck late on to deny the visitors maximum points.

Nathan Dyer did have the best chance of the first-half early on when he struck the foot of te post but he made up for that with a well taken goal on the hour, finishing past Carl Ikeme after Guillem Bauza's through ball was deflected into his path.

But back fought the Hoops and with 76 minutes played they got themselves back into this contest as substitute Antonio German stabbed home from inside the six-yard box.

Guillem Bauza was handed his first start for the Swans this season for the game against QPR.

And ironically it was last March's visit to Loftus Road when the Spanish striker was handed a starting position.

His inclusion was one of three changes made by former Hoops' boss Paulo Sousa - joining Bussy in the starting eleven were Jazz Richards and David Cotterill in place of skipper Garry Monk (injury), Darren Pratley and Cedric van der Gun (both bench) respectively.

QPR: Carl Ikeme, Peter Ramage, Matthew Connolly, Kaspars Gorkss, Matthew Hill, Hogan Ephraim (Rowan Vine, 73'), Mikele Leigertwood, Akos Buzsaky (Lee Cook, 58'), Ajejandro Faurlin, Tamas Priskin (Antonio German, 58'), Adel Taarabt.

Not used: Radek Cerny (GK), Angelo Balanta, Lee Brown, Joe Oastler.

Dorus de Vries; Angel Rangel, Alan Tate(C), Ashley Williams, Jazz Richards; Leon Britton, Mark Gower (Craig Beattie, 89'), Guillem Bauza, David Cotterill (Cedric van der Gun, 66'), Nathan Dyer (Tom Butler, 84'); Shefki Kuqi.

Not Used:David Cornell (GK), Darren Pratley, Gorka Pintado, Lee Trundle.

Attendance: 15,502 Away: 1,681

Referee: C Boyeson (East Yorkshire)

The rain falling over west London had barely ceased as the Swans were forced to ensure some early pressure their hosts.

There was barely a minutes on the clock when Dorus de Vries, who is just one clean sheet away from levelling Roger Freestone's record of 22, was forced into stopping Adel Taarabt from distance, while Akos Buzsaky rifled wide from the angle two minutes later.

QPR continued to keep hold of the ball well but it was a 12th minute effort from the Swans that came closest to breaking the deadlock.

It was route one stuff as Ashley Williams' free-kick from just outside his own area was flicked on by Shefki Kuqi into the path of Nathan Dyer, the winger took a touch before clipping the ball past loanee goalkeeper Carl Ikeme.

Dyer, as well as the travelling support, would have been forgiven for thinking that the ball was heading into the net, but luck wasn't on the visitors' side as the ball clipped the inside of the post before being cleared up by the Hoops' defence.

And the same player was unlucky with his next attempt seven minutes later - this time it was Gower's ball over the top that he got on the end of but inside the area was tackled by left-back Matthew Hill whose clearance came within inches of going into his own net.

The home side's defence was certainly looking a bit suspect as David Cotterill was twice allowed to shoot from outside the area, the first straight at Ikeme while the second ended high in the stand.

QPR went on to enjoy a small spell of domination and following a series of corners they did have the ball in the net, Adal Taarabt beating de Vries from close-range but was fortunately flagged for offside.

The Swans went straight down the other end where Kuqi came close on two separate occasions, heading inches over the bar from a Gower corner before forcing the goalkeeper into parrying the Finn's effort from just inside the box.

And the striker had a hand in the next effort two minutes before the break by rolling the challenge of Kaspars Gorkss to latch on to Dorus' long throwout, he carried the ball into the area and had two options - Dyer and Bauza - and opted for the latter whose flick was easily dealt with by the goalkeeper.

Half-Time: QPR 0 Swans 0

It was more of the same from the Swans at the beginning of the second period with Paulo's side piling the pressure on the QPR box.

Ikeme twice forced the ball over his own bar from set-piece while also getting down low to deny David Cotterill from his 25-yard free-kick - QPR skipper Mikele Leigertwood, meanwhile, forced a stop out of de Vries before the Swans' latter effort.

All of the early pressure did end up counting for something as the deadlock was broken three minutes before the hour, Guillem Bauza's through ball hitting the back of Matthew Hill and Nathan Dyer picking up the pieces to send a low shot beyond Ikeme from close-range.

It was the winger's second goal of the season but with the Swans fans still celebrating the game's opener they almost saw a QPR leveller as they created their best chance of the game, Alejandro Faurling delivering a pin-point free-kick into the area where Matthew Connolly connected with his head but sent the ball just past the post.

The Swans were looking comfortable at this stage but, with a little under 20 minutes left to play, disaster struck. QPR were back in this contest.

An Adel Taarabt corner from the left was pushed away by Dorus but only as far as substitute Rown Vine, he played the ball back into the heart of the box where fellow replacement Antonio German was able to stab the ball home.

The leveller certainly lifted QPR spirits as they went seeking a second, but Shefki Kuqi was close with a header which was deflected wide from a Mark Gower corner inside the last 10 minutes.

Craig Beattie was thrown on with a minute of normal time left to play in order to look for a second but it didn't come with the Swans left to take a share of the spoils.

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