Report | Swansea City 0 QPR 0
Swansea City and QPR played out a goalless draw in a game of few chances at the Liberty Stadium.
It was a night on which neither keeper had a great deal of work to do.
Andre Ayew had a powerful strike deflected wide, while the Ghanaian just failed to get on the end of a clever knockdown in the area.
At the other end Freddie Woodman denied Bright Osayi-Samuel while Jordan Hugill wasted the visitors best chance early on.
Following the disappointment of defeat to Derby, this was not the outcome Steve Cooper and his side had been looking for and they end the evening three points off the play-off places with a number of rivals having a game in hand.
Bersant Celina and Yan Dhanda were restored to the Swans starting line-up in place of Wayne Routledge and the injured George Byers.
After their weekend disappointment against Derby, the Swans needed a bright start but it was the visitors who had the first clear sight of goal, Jordan Hugill getting on to Angel Rangel’s pass but lifting wastefully over the bar.
Freddie Woodman then had a let-off as he misjudged his positioning under a high ball just outside his area, with Joe Rodon quickly mopping up the danger.
Bright Osayi-Samuel then made a fine run into the box, but his pull-back was cut out.
Swansea had a glimpse of an opening 22 minutes in as Rhian Brewster cleverly cushioned a Matt Grimes free-kick back across the six -yard box, but Celina could not react quickly enough.
The Swans were beginning to assert authority on proceedings, and Andre Ayew was unfortunate to see his powerful strike deflected wide off Connor Roberts after some lovely trickery inside the QPR area.
A lovely ball from Dhanda then allowed Roberts to drop the ball towards Ayew, but the Ghanaian could not reach the ball before a clearance came in.
But the pace of Osayi-Samuel and Eberechi Eze meant QPR were always a threat, and Woodman saved at his near post after the former had skipped away from Rodon.
There were no changes from either side at the break, and no change in the scrappy pattern of the contest early in the second half.
Celina briefly threatened to spark proceedings to life, driving forward to the QPR are, but his final ball was neither cross or shot and flew well wide.
Dhanda had a penalty appeal waved away as he went down under pressure from Yoann Barbet’s tackle.
The same player headed tamely at Woodman at the other end, while a deflected Ryan Manning strike had Swansea eyes looking fearfully as the ball spun away for a corner.
Osayi-Samuel skipped away from Kyle Naughton inside the final 20 minutes, and Hugill came so close to turning in his cross, with Roberts doing well to apply enough pressure.
Cooper sent on Aldo Kalulu in place of Dhanda but, aside from Brewster nearly wriggling away after a slip from QPR keeper Liam Kelly, neither side could find a winner.
Swansea City: Freddie Woodman; Connor Roberts, Joe Rodon, Marc Guehi, Kyle Naughton; Conor Gallagher, Matt Grimes (captain), Yan Dhanda (Aldo Kalulu 74); Andre Ayew, Rhian Brewster, Bersant Celina.
Substitutes not used: Erwin Mulder, Jay Fulton, Wayne Routledge, Jake Bidwell, Liam Cullen, Ben Cabango.
QPR: Liam Kelly, Grant Hall (captain), Geoff Cameron, Marc Pugh, Jordan Hugill, Eberechi Eze, Dominic Ball, Ryan Manning, Bright Osayi-Samuel, Angel Rangel (Todd Kane 84), Yoann Barbet.
Substitutes not used: Joe Lumley, Luke Amos, Aramide Oteh, Ilias Chair, Conor Masterson, Jack Clarke.
Referee: Andy Woolmer