Mackie goal gives Rangers share of the spoils at Swansea

Swansea 1 QPR 1

Swansea 1 QPR 1

Jamie Mackie scored for the second game running to earn QPR a thoroughly deserved point at the Liberty Stadium and end a run of three straight defeats.

The Scotland winger coolly slotted home a 58th minute equaliser after Leon Britton’s defensive header had slipped between his own defenders to allow Mackie in on goal.

Swansea had led from the 14th minute thanks to Danny Graham’s sixth goal of the season after the striker was given too much time to control a Wayne Routledge cross before turning and firing low into the net as QPR defence appealed in vain for offside.

Graham was also denied what looked a clear penalty in the closing stages as he went down under Armand Traore’s challenge, but referee Lee Probert was not interested.

Swansea left-back Neil Taylor was sidelined by a knee injury for their Barclays Premier League clash with QPR at the Liberty Stadium.

Jazz Richards moved across from right-back to cover for Taylor’s absence, with Angel Rangel returning to the starting line-up and Kemy Agustien being preferred to Mark Gower in midfield.

QPR boss Neil Warnock handed a start to Adel Taarabt as a knee injury limited Shaun Wright-Phillips to a place on the bench.

There was also a defensive reshuffle for the visitors as Clint Hill and Fitz Hall came into the side with Anton Ferdinand (hamstring) injured and Matthew Connolly and Danny Gabbidon among the substitutes.

Many sides have found themselves starved of possession on their visits to south Wales this season, but QPR started positively with Taarabt and captain Joey Barton influencing play.

A cross from Barton was met by Heidar Helguson and the following-in Jamie Mackie almost managed to nod the ball over Swansea keeper Michel Vorm.

But the hosts slowly found their feet, with Danny Graham having an effort cleared by Alejandro Faurlin.

And the striker gave the hosts a 14th-minute lead, controlling a Wayne Routledge cross before firing low into Paddy Kenny’s left-hand corner after being given too much time to turn by Hall and Luke Young.

It took a great block by Hill to deny Graham a second as the striker waited to pounce on Scott Sinclair’s ball across the box, before Vorm made a flying stop to keep out Barton’s effort from distance.

Faurlin’s lovely pass looked to have freed Jamie Mackie just on the half hour but Steven Caulker showed impressive pace to take the ball off the winger’s toes.

Hill then went in the book for an untidy challenge of Rangel which left the Spaniard, only recently back from an ankle problem, needing treatment although he was okay to continue.

Graham was proving a constant threat for the hosts and he showed impressive strength to shield the ball from Hall and get away a shot that Kenny had to scramble low to his right to hang on to.

At the other end Helguson was guilty of poor finishing as he headed over twice in quick succession from crosses by Young and Barton as the interval approached.

QPR controlled the early stages of the second half as Taarabt and Faurlin teased the home defence, with the Moroccan flashing a volley just wide off the heels of Ashley Williams.

Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers shuffled his pack as Nathan Dyer and Luke Moore replaced Rangel and Routledge, but less than a minute later the scores were level.

Leon Britton’s effort to get his head to Kenny’s goal-kick only succeeded in taking the ball between his own defenders to allow the alert Mackie to pounce and calmly guide the ball past Vorm.

Mackie was soon heading towards goal again but could not pick his way between Caulker and Agustien as he raced into the box.

Barton then saw yellow for a poor tackle on Richards.

Graham almost teed up Moore after fine hold-up work in the box and the former Watford man was then denied what he felt was a clear penalty after being felled as he rolled away from Armand Traore, but referee Lee Probert waved away the appeals.

The menacing Taarabt then saw Vorm tip his curling strike wide as the game flowed from end to end.

Williams made a fantastic clearing header from Traore’s fierce cross as Rangers pressed for a winner which their second half superiority would have merited.

But Swansea held out for a share of the spoils.

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