Preview | Queens Park Rangers U21s v Swansea City U21s

6th March 2023
Lincol McFayden

Swansea City Under-21s will look to continue their strong run of form on Tuesday evening when they travel to west London to take on Queens Park Rangers at the Powerday Stadium. (7pm kick-off).

The Swans are currently unbeaten in 2023, winning their last two Professional Development League outings on the road against Watford and Colchester United, and will look to build on those showings at the home of Southern League outfit Hanwell Town.

Rangers are also in good form, having lost just once in their last five games, putting three past Colchester United last time out, which saw them leapfrog the U's to eighth in the southern section table.

In the reverse fixture, Swansea City claimed what was a fifth-consecutive win at the Stadium in November 2022. 

Goals from Joel Cotterill, Josh Thomas, Lincoln McFayden and Tarrelle Whittaker sent the Swans up to third in the Professional Development League table at the time.

Pre-match views

Coach Anthony Wright: "It's our third away game in a row, and we've won our last two, but we've let the opposition into the game both occasions.

"I'm pleased with the run of results that we've had, but there's still many units where we need to improve, and that's something we've been working on.

"On to QPR, it's a night game so we're looking forward to the test and hopefully we can continue what we've been building."

Ruben Davies

Previous meeting - December 2, 2020

Queens Park Rangers 3 Swansea City 1

A youthful Swansea City Under-23s side were beaten on their last visit to Queens Park Rangers in the Professional Development League.

Despite first-year scholar Ruben Davies marking his debut with a goal, the young Swans suffered a second consecutive defeat at the Imperial College Sports Ground.

The Swans fell behind in the 21st minute, when Stephen Duke-McKenna sent a 20-yard free-kick flying into the top corner.

The visitors responded well after the break; equalising in the 64th minute as substitute Davies capitalised on a loose pass before slotting past Tyla Dickinson.

But parity lasted just four minutes before Hamzad Kargbo raced onto a long ball and rounded Jamie Searle to finish.

And QPR sealed the points with five minutes remaining as Nathan Carlyle sent a thumping shot into the top corner.

Swansea City Under-23s: Jamie Searle; Ryan Bevan, Scott Butler, Matthew Blake (capt), Cian Williams; Erick Kenko (Jacob Edwards, 65), Morgan Clarke (Ruben Davies, 46), Adnaan Moti (Michael Murphy, 65); Cameron Congreve, Bradley Gibbings, Rio Campbell.

Subs not used: Tyler Evans, Dylan Perkins.