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QPRQueens Park Rangers1SwanseaSwansea City1

Queens Park Rangers 1-1 Swansea City

By Brendan McLoughlinBBC Sport
Wilfried Bony scores for Swansea
This was Bony's last game before leaving for the Africa Cup of Nations
  • Wilfried Bony's ninth Premier League goal this term
  • Swansea have still won away just twice this season
  • Rangers beaten only twice in league at Loftus Road
  • QPR's last home defeat came on 19 October

Substitute Wilfried Bony's injury-time goal rescued a point for 10-man Swansea to deny Queens Park Rangers.

QPR goalkeeper Rob Green escaped a red card early on when he handled outside the area to deny Wayne Routledge.

Leroy Fer then put the Rs ahead with a fine long-range strike after Federico Fernandez had only half cleared.

Routledge was red carded for reacting to a Karl Henry tackle before Ivorian Bony had the final say in his last game before the Africa Nations Cup.

Redknapp frustrated with Swansea draw

While QPR have now claimed 15 points from their last seven home matches - a record which lies in stark contrast to their away form which has seen them fail to pick up a single point on the road this season - the outcome will be viewed as an opportunity missed by manager Harry Redknapp.

The gap between them and the relegation zone stands at two points.

Having lost at Liverpool on Monday, this was a welcome point for Garry Monk's Swansea in their bid to qualify for Europe.

They had lacked a cutting edge in attack until the introduction of Bony from the bench in the second half.

But they could easily have played the majority of the contest against 10 men after the onrushing Green escaped punishment from referee Anthony Taylor in the sixth minute despite clearly denying Routledge outside the area with an outstretched arm as the winger attempted to round him following Gylfi Sigurdsson's measured pass.

It had looked set to be a pivotal moment when Netherlands midfielder Fer scored with a powerful shot inside the left post from the edge of the area after Fernandez had failed to deal with Clint Hill's deep cross.

Rangers had opportunities to double their advantage with Bobby Zamora heading over the bar from close range, while Charlie Austin nodded against the foot of the left-hand post early in the second half from Mauricio Isla's cross.

Monk baffled by referee decisions

The momentum appeared to swing further in the home side's favour when Routledge was dismissed rather harshly after reacting angrily to a feisty Henry tackle.

But Swansea kept fighting and Bony once again demonstrated his predatory instincts when, after receiving Ki Sung-yueng's pass, he turned sharply before finishing into the top-left corner.

Austin could have won it in the final seconds when the ball fell to him inside the six-yard box, however he blazed over the crossbar.

QPR manager Harry Redknapp: "It is a frustrating to concede with a minute-and-a-half to go. We should have seen the game out from there.

"Leroy Fer is a great striker of the ball, we need him to keep shooting. He has all the tools, he can be bit casual when he needs to be a bit sharper but the sky is the limit for him.

"We need to start winning games away and I think we need another six wins further down the line (to survive)."

Swansea manager Garry Monk: "Rob Green clearly handballed outside the area. There was no obstruction. It baffles me. It was a game-changing moment for us. We didn't get that decision and we have to move on with the game.

"I don't know what more I can say in terms of these situations happening with us. We seem to be on the wrong end of nearly all of them. Wayne could have had his leg broken. The linesman said Wayne Routledge kicked out but replays show he doesn't.

"I hope people see sense. I hope the authorities do the right thing and we get the red card rescinded. In the end we got out just rewards with Wilfried Bony's goal."

Leroy Fer
Fer's goal was his third in eight matches
Wayne Routledge
Routledge is the fifth Swansea player to be red carded this season
Wilfried Bony
Wilfried Bony was the Premier League's top scorer in 2014 with 20 goals but he started on the bench
Rob Green
Green had kept clean sheets in two of his previous three matches before New Year's Day
Wilfried Bony
This was Bony's last game before leaving for the Africa Cup of Nations

Line-ups

QPR

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Green
  • 14IslaBooked at 58mins
  • 22DunneBooked at 62mins
  • 4Caulker
  • 6Hill
  • 24Vargas
  • 20HenryBooked at 86mins
  • 8BartonBooked at 74mins
  • 10Fer
  • 25ZamoraSubstituted forHoilettat 83'minutes
  • 9Austin

Substitutes

  • 3Traore
  • 5Ferdinand
  • 7Phillips
  • 12McCarthy
  • 15Onuoha
  • 17Mutch
  • 23Hoilett

Swansea

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Fabianski
  • 22Rangel
  • 33Fernández
  • 6Williams
  • 3Taylor
  • 7Britton
  • 4Ki Sung-yueng
  • 12DyerSubstituted forEmnesat 60'minutes
  • 23G SigurdssonSubstituted forBonyat 71'minutes
  • 15RoutledgeBooked at 86mins
  • 18Gomis

Substitutes

  • 10Bony
  • 11Emnes
  • 14Carroll
  • 25Tremmel
  • 27Bartley
  • 29Richards
  • 58Barrow
Referee:
Anthony Taylor
Attendance:
17,729

Match Stats

Home TeamQPRAway TeamSwansea
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home24
Away25
Shots on Target
Home6
Away6
Corners
Home4
Away9
Fouls
Home22
Away5

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Queens Park Rangers 1, Swansea City 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Queens Park Rangers 1, Swansea City 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Lukasz Fabianski.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mauricio Isla with a cross.

  8. Post update

    Offside, Swansea City. Angel Rangel tries a through ball, but Bafétimbi Gomis is caught offside.

  9. Post update

    Hand ball by Leroy Fer (Queens Park Rangers).

  10. Goal!

    Goal! Queens Park Rangers 1, Swansea City 1. Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ki Sung-Yueng.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Junior Hoilett (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Charlie Austin.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Bafétimbi Gomis (Swansea City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ki Sung-Yueng with a cross following a corner.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Joey Barton.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Joey Barton.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Richard Dunne.

  16. Dismissal

    Wayne Routledge (Swansea City) is shown the red card for fighting.

  17. Booking

    Karl Henry (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  18. Post update

    Wayne Routledge (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Karl Henry (Queens Park Rangers).

  20. Post update

    Wayne Routledge (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.