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Swansea City 0 QPR 0

PUBLISHED: 11:41 22 October 2008 | UPDATED: 13:23 24 August 2010

NORTHAMPTON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 23:  Martin Rowlands of Queens Park Rangers in action during the Pre Season Friendly Match between Northampton Town and Queens Park Rangers at Sixfields Stadium on July 23, 2008 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)

NORTHAMPTON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 23: Martin Rowlands of Queens Park Rangers in action during the Pre Season Friendly Match between Northampton Town and Queens Park Rangers at Sixfields Stadium on July 23, 2008 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)

IAIN Dowie leapt to the defence of Martin Rowlands after the QPR skipper s challenge left Swansea goalkeeper Dorus de Vries with a broken jaw. The Dutchman was taken to hospital after half an hour at the Liberty Stadium on Tuesday, following a collision w

IAIN Dowie leapt to the defence of Martin Rowlands after the QPR skipper's challenge left Swansea goalkeeper Dorus de Vries with a broken jaw.

The Dutchman was taken to hospital after half an hour at the Liberty Stadium on Tuesday, following a collision with Rowlands as the keeper raced out to clear Mikele Leigertwood's through ball.

Swansea manager Roberto Martinez described the challenge as 'avoidable', but Dowie insisted: "Martin's not that kind of player.

"The ball was there to be won, but unfortunately he's caught him. We hope he makes a speedy recovery and wish him all the best."

Without a goalkeeper on the bench, the Swans were forced to field defender Alan Tate between the sticks for the rest of the game, but QPR failed to trouble him as the home side dominated.

"We haven't tested him at all and that is not good enough - for 70 minutes he's not done anything," Dowie added.

"We've come away with a point and I'm pleased that we have that at least. But when we face Reading on Saturday, we have to play much, much better."

Swansea swarmed over Rangers for the majority of the game, with Radek Cerny saving well from Jordi Gomez and Darren Pratley, while Ferrie Bodde found the side netting.

The Rs' only real opportunity came 20 minutes from the end, when substitute Daniel Parejo's volley was deflected wide, and the visitors then dug in to try and salvage a point.

But Parejo was soon involved at the other end, clearing off the line from Gomez, who also struck the post late on.

QPR: CERNY*; Ramage (Connolly 80), Hall, Stewart, Delaney; Mahon, Leigertwood; Buzsaky, Rowlands (Parejo 59), Cook (Ledesma 65); Blackstock. Subs not used: Cole, Balanta.


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