QPR 1 Swansea City 0
By Ben Kosky MIKELE Leigertwood s first-half header ended Rangers goal drought and brought them their first victory in 10 games on Tuesday night. The Rs had scored just one goal in almost 11 hours of football until their skipper headed a 30th-minute Jord
By Ben Kosky
MIKELE Leigertwood's first-half header ended Rangers' goal drought and brought them their first victory in 10 games on Tuesday night.
The Rs had scored just one goal in almost 11 hours of football until their skipper headed a 30th-minute Jordi Lopez free-kick past Swans goalkeeper Dorus de Vries.
With Hogan Ephraim flourishing in the centre and Taarabt displaying plenty of crowd-pleasing tricks out wide, Rangers' creative tank looked more substantial than usual.
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But Swansea looked a better bet early on, with Darren Pratley's volley charged down by Kaspars Gorkss and Jordi Gomez hitting a left-footed drive that Radek Cerny fumbled but gathered at the second attempt.
But the deadlock was broken on the half-hour as Lopez whipped in a free-kick from the right and Leigertwood stole in front of Garry Monk to direct a header into the corner of the net.
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Within seconds of the restart Gorka Pintado broke through and forced an excellent near-post save from Cerny, but Rangers retained the lead without really looking like adding to it.
With the tedium level rising, the home crowd devoted a large amount of time to baiting Swans substitute Nathan Dyer.
Dyer almost had the last laugh as he intercepted a wayward Matthew Connolly header, but could only bundle his finish into Cerny's hands.
Substitute Heidar Helguson could have wrapped up the points for the Rs, firing over after Taarabt teed him up.
QPR: Cerny; Ramage, Hall (Delaney 84), Gorkss, Connolly; Lopez (Miller 87); Alberti, EPHRAIM*, Leigertwood, Taarabt; Di Carmine (Helguson 74).