Last season's confident performances coupled with a more direct approach from Laudrup promises much, but before the game the unknowns of a new manager and a number of new players in key positions meant that there was as plenty of nerves before the game kicked off (for me at least).
After Swansea's early goal thanks to Rob Green's poor attempt at saving a Michu shot, QPR had the majority of play until around the half hour mark, with plenty of possession around 25 yards out but attempts largely restricted to speculative shots. That said if Hoilett's effort with Vorm in no man's land had gone in it may have been a different game. In Vorm's defence one reaction save he made from a Mackie effort was incredible.
After the half hour mark, Swansea had a couple of chances from set pieces which could be another change from last season. Last season's centre backs, Williams and Caulker only scored once between them in the Premier League last season, this year I'd expect Williams and Chico to get 5+ between them with Chico especially looking threatening in the opposition box.
QPR had 10 attempts at goal in the first half, all of them in the first 30 minutes. Swansea had 7 attempts by half time, 6 of these coming after the half hour mark.
|Shots by Half: QPR largely restricted to shots outside the box or from wide angles, with Taraabt having 8 attempts in total, twice as many as any other player.|
|Swansea may have had fewer efforts, but generally were much better opportunities as well as being well finished.|
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