18/08/2012 14:00 v Queens Park Rangers

22nd June 2017

The Swans turned in one of their most memorable away performances as they thumped QPR 5-0 at Loftus Road on the opening day of the new season.

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 the opening game in each of their last six campaigns.

But this was 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.

After the whole stadium had marked the passing of former Hoops defender Alan McDonald with a minute's applause, the game got under way.

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 Routledge, the winger linked up with 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 afternoon, and the Swans were sweating 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 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' rescue again 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 the ball struck the bottom of the crossbar and spun back out before being cleared.

That ended a pulsating half, with more to come after the break.

Eight minutes into the second half, Michu doubled the lead. Some fantastic work from 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.

Again it was Routledge who did the initial damage, racing forward before squeezing a pass through for Dyer. And with the QPR defence out of sorts, he 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 at the last.

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

Substitute Kemy Agustien, who had replaced de Guzman barely 60 seconds earlier, picked out 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 contribution from Dyer, who was replaced by Scott Sinclair. And Sinclair immediately got in on the act.

Goal number five arrived with 81 minutes on the clock.

A misplaced pass was latched on to 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 dreamland.

They had witnessed one of the finest performances in the club's recent history.
 

 


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.