Preview | Swansea City v QPR
Swansea City will look to put their weekend frustrations behind them when they host QPR at the Liberty Stadium tonight (7.45pm).
Steve Cooper’s side had looked well-placed to pick up three valuable points when quickfire goals from Yan Dhanda and Kyle Naughton gave them a 2-1 lead over the Rams.
But they would go on to lose 3-2, with Cooper and his players honest in their appraisal of the final outcome.
They do not have to wait long for a chance to respond though, with QPR in town for a midweek meeting under the Liberty lights.
The Swans won the reverse league fixture back in August, but lost in London when the sides met in the FA Cup last month.
Mark Warburton’s Rs have had a difficult sequence of results since that January day, losing their last four games in all competitions with the ex-Brentford boss bemoaning the lack of a clinical edge in front of goal.
Swansea will hope to extend their opponents’ recent struggles, while gaining a result to keep them in touch with the top six at what head coach Cooper has identified as an important period of the season.
Swansea City are waiting on the fitness of Bersant Celina and George Byers for the midweek meeting with QPR.
Celina missed the weekend defeat to Derby through injury, and is a doubt to feature under the Liberty lights.
Byers, meanwhile, was forced off with an ankle injury against the Rams, giving him little time to recover with the quick turnaround between games.
Mike van der Hoorn remains sidelined, while Jordon Garrick is building up his match fitness.
Steve Cooper: “We've got to bounce back, we're at home and we've got to show a lot better aspects of our game than we did against Derby, and if we do that we give ourselves a better chance of winning.
“You stick to the plan. We're disappointed with what happened against Derby, of course we are.
"But there's a game on Tuesday and we have to be strong enough to dust ourselves off and get our head around the next two games, with QPR up first, and we have to stand up and be counted."
Mark Warburton: “I sound like a broken record currently, but you’ve got to take your chances.
“We’re creating a number of opportunities and looking like a good team, but ultimately we are toothless at the moment.
“We have to pull together as a squad and work hard, setting standards.
“You can see we are a good team – but we have to be clinical.”
Remember the last time?
Swansea City cruised to their biggest win of the season so far under Graham Potter as Queens Park Rangers were comprehensively beaten at the Liberty Stadium.
Courtney Baker-Richardson’s first senior goal got the ball rolling for the Swans in the first half, firing home from an intelligent Oli McBurnie knockdown.
And Potter’s side got their rewards for a dominant display in the latter stages as Connor Roberts claimed his first Swans goal after cutting inside, before Jay Fulton rounded off a comprehensive win from another McBurnie assist.
With Erwin Mulder claiming a fifth clean sheet of the season, there was plenty for Potter’s men to be pleased about.
1 - QPR have won just one of their last 11 away league matches in Wales (D4 L6), losing the last three in a row.
7 - Swansea City are unbeaten in seven home league matches against QPR (W4 D3) since a 2-1 defeat back in January 1981.