Preview | QPR Under-23s vs Swansea City Under-23s

6th December 2021
Kris O'Leary

Swansea City Under-23s travel to face Queens Park Rangers Under-23s in the Professional Development League on Tuesday afternoon (1.30pm).

The Swans go into the game following a run of Premier League Cup fixtures in which they faced Premier League 2 sides Wolverhampton Wanderers and West Ham United.

QPR currently sit just two points above Kristian O'Leary's side in the Professional Development League South table.

Both teams will be looking to pull away from the bottom of the table, with a win being enough to project both teams to as high as seventh.

QPR go into the game on the back of a 3-1 defeat to league leaders Cardiff City, which came following a run of three consecutive wins in all competitions.

Pre-match views

Kris O'Leary

Swansea City Under-23s coach Kris O’Leary: “We aren’t going to change the way we play and that is a pre-requisite of this club, we have to play in a certain manner, and we will keep asking our players to take chances on and off the ball.

“We want to win, everyone wants to win in football, but at this level it’s about individuals, getting them to the next level and it’s something that we’ve always done.

“We’ve got to build the players up and put them in situations that they are in now, as much as winning games is a habit, unfortunately losing is and it’s an experience that they have to find their way out of it and it’s going to be good for them.

“We’re exposing them to elements of the game that if they are going to step up then they will come across.”

Midfielder Azeem Abdulai: “The game against QPR is massive. All the boys are ready to go.

“We’ve got some good preparation in beforehand and we will give it everything we have."

Previous meeting

Ben Lloyd

In the last meeting between these two sides, Ben Lloyd equalised for the Swans in his first game in a 1-1 draw.

The Swans found themselves behind after 69 minutes, Manasse Mampala's thunderous free-kick putting QPR ahead.

But Lloyd, who had just joined the action from the bench, became the youngest player to score for the under-23s as he drew the game level.