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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
18:00 18th August 2012

The Swans turned in one of the most memorable away performances in the history of the Premier League as they thumped QPR 5-0 at Loftus Road in the opening day of the competition.
All stats were turned on their head in what was a truly ruthless display from the Swans as they made the perfect start under Michael Laudrup.
Never had the Swans won at Loftus Road. They had also lost every opening games of their last six campaigns.
But this was to be their day.
Not since October 2007 had the Swans last won 5-0 away from home - that came at Leyton Orient in League One.
This was worth the wait.
After Michu had scored his and Swansea's first goal just eight minutes in, the Swans then saw Chico Flores and then Michu strike the crossbar.
It was a thrilling first half, but there was plenty more to come from the Swans.
Wayne Routledge teed up Michu, who curled a sublime shot into the top corner to double the lead before Nathan Dyer made it 3-0 after the QPR defence was caught out.
Another from Dyer made it an unbelievable scoreline, but substitute Scott Sinclair came off the bench to add a fifth.
It was a breathtaking performance, and quite simply an incredible result for the Swans.
The journey home for the Jack Army was a lot easier this time from West London following past defeats at this ground.
A perfect start, a perfect day for the new Laudrup regime.

The Swans included former QPR winger Wayne Routledge in the starting XI, while summer signings Chico Flores, Jonathan de Guzman and Michu were also included from the start.
QPR were led out by Ji-Sung Park, named new captain at Loftus Road following his arrival from Manchester United, while Fabio da Silva also started after his move from Old Trafford.

QPR: Robert Green, Samba Diakite (Shaun Derry, 86), Anton Ferdinand, Clint Hill (Shaun Wright-Phillips, 64), Ji-Sung Park (capt), Djibril Cisse (Andrew Johnson, 77), Adel Taarabt, Jamie Mackie, Nedum Onuoha, Fabio da Silva, Junior Hoilett.
Subs: Brian Murphy, Ryan Nelsen, Kieron Dyer, Bobby Zamora.

SWANS: Michel Vorm, Angel Rangel, Chico Flores, Ashley Williams (capt), Neil Taylor, Leon Britton, Jonathan de Guzman (Kemy Agustien, 70), Michu (Mark Gower, 84), Nathan Dyer (Scott Sinclair, 77), Wayne Routledge. Danny Graham.
Subs: Gerhard Tremmel, Jazz Richards, Alan Tate, Luke Moore.

After the whole stadium had marked the passing of former Hoops defender Alan McDonald with a minute's applause, the game got underway.
And the Swans couldn't have asked for a better start as Michu fired the visitors ahead after eight minutes. Following a neat run from Wayne Routledge, the winger linked up with Nathan Dyer, who touched back to Michu 20 yards out and he blasted his left-footed drive past Robert Green and into the corner.
It raised the temperature on a warm, sunny afternoon, and the Swans were sweating themselves a couple of minutes later as Jamie Mackie got the better of a deflection from Ashley Williams and struck his effort towards goal. Michel Vorm got down low to parry, and it was left to Chico Flores to collect on the line before clearing.
Junior Hoilett and Fabio da Silva then went close before the latter saw his header bounce just wide after he had beaten Vorm to a cross.
Jonathan de Guzman responded for the Swans, his 30-yard free-kick drawing a diving one-handed save from Green.
The Dutchman's deep, curling corner asked questions of the QPR defence, and when Chico rose highest at the back, the Spaniard's header beat Green but not the crossbar as it cannoned off the woodwork.
The crossbar came to the hosts's rescue a few minutes later, another de Guzman delivery was parried by Green and when Michu reacted first, it looked like he would grab his second goal. But it struck the bottom of the crossbar and spun back out before being cleared.
It ended a pulsating half, with more to come after the break.
Half-time: QPR 0 Swans 1
Neither side made a change after the break as the home crowd looked to cheer their side on for an equaliser.
But it was the away end that was in ecstasy as, once again eight minutes into the half, Michu doubled the lead.
Some fantastic work from Wayne Routledge saw the winger race forward and pick out the Spaniard, who curled a breathtaking left-footed shot into the top corner.

If that wasn't good enough for the Jack Army, it got better.

With 63 minutes on the clock the scoreboard now read QPR 0 Swansea City 3.

Again it was Routledge who did the initial damage, racing forward before squeezing a pass through for Nathan Dyer. And with the QPR defence out of sorts, the winger curled a fine effort past Green and into the corner.

The Jack Army was now in celebratory mood, and deservedly so.

There could have been a fourth - Michu racing on before being dispossessed by Samba Diakite. But he lost control of the ball as Green raced out to help. Fortunately for Diakite, he managed to clear in time before Michu closed in.

But fear not, it was 4-0 with 71 minutes on the clock.

Substitute Kemy Agustien, who had replaced de Guzman barely 60 seconds before, picked up Dyer with a sublime chipped pass which beat the QPR offside trap. Dyer controlled and blasted his shot past the helpless Green.

It proved a final act for Dyer, who was replaced by Scott Sinclair.
And Sinclair immediately got into the act.
Goal number five arrived with 81 minutes on the clock.
Diakite's misspass was latched onto by Michu, who fed Sinclair. He raced on and left Green rooted to the spot as he found the bottom corner with an excellent finish.
"We want six", chanted the away end with tongue in cheek. The Jack Army were in dream land.
And quite rightly so, as they had witnessed one of - if not the finest performance in the club's recent history.
The Swans now host West Ham in their first game of the season at the Liberty.
But, for now, the quality of this performance and result can sink in first.
    Data provided by Press Association