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QPR v Swansea

by Football Reporters 2011 - 2012

Queens Park Rangers 3-0 Swansea City

Joey Barton marked his QPR return with their opening goal, just before half-time, pulling the Hoops two points clear of relegation – while Swansea count the cost of their fourth straight defeat.

QPR captain, Barton, lashed in the ball after Swansea failed to clear Adel Taarabt's free kick. The Welsh side was poor on Wednesday 11 April and QPR endeavored to take advantage; Jamie Mackie notched their second ten minutes into the second half with a deflected strike, and Akos Buzsaky cemented the victory with a stunning 25-yard drive past a helpless Vorm.

Barton was only left out last game to avoid a booking and subsequent suspension; the controversial midfielder has been widely criticized this season, but lead by inspirational example for the 90 minutes this midweek. It is form that the west Londoners need to display during the close of the season, as they get down and dirty in their fight to stay up for 2012/13. But the fight will be tough, as their run in includes Tottenham at home and both Manchester City and rivals, Chelsea, away.

Despite offering Premier League fans an attractive style of football, it may not be enough into next year, as Swansea have faltered greatly in recent weeks with double-figures of dropped points. They need to rediscover their swagger – Brendan Rogers even issued an apology to the fans for their recent malaise.

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