Swansea top the league as Laudrup’s men jump through hoops
Queens Park Rangers 0-5 Swansea
In a first half mostly controlled by QPR, it was against the run of play when Michu put the visitors ahead before ten minutes were on the clock.
Laudrup’s visiting team could have been three up at the break if it wasn’t for the woodwork.
There was no such home team control in the second 45 however, as Laudrup’s Swans hammered the Londoners.
Michu’s second came eight minutes into the second period and was followed by a supremely clinical double from Nathan Dyer.
Then to add salt to an already gaping wound, a fifth was added by Scott Sinclair with six minutes to go.
Standing out in QPR’s line up were Park Ji-Sung (Capt.) and full-back Fabio – both being summer arrivals from Manchester United.
Mark Hughes’ men controlled large parts of the game, but it was the Swans who stole the show.
After less than ten minutes, Wayne Routledge steamed towards the Rs’ box only to have his run was impeded by Anton Ferdinand.
However, Michu pounced on the loose ball to smash the opener past Rob Green to become the first Spanish player to net the inaugural Premier League goal of any campaign.
A desperate clearance from Ashley Williams prevented a leveller – his clearance hit Jamie Mackie but the winger was unable to sneak his effort past Michel Vorm.
Junior Hoilett came closest of all as his team desperately tried to find a way back into the match, his cheeky header almost lobbed the impressive Swansea keeper, Vorm.
QPR tried to control the tempo, however Swansea obviously didn’t get the memo, hitting the crossbar twice in the final five minutes of the half.
Swansea moved swiftly through the gears after the break.
A counter-attack saw Routledge burst down the flank and square the ball perfectly for Michu to curl his second past Rob Green.
Another swift counter-attack saw the energetic Routledge tee up Dyer to make it 3-0.
Moments later, the QPR defence went AWOL – a cleverly executed lob pass from Kemy Agustien left Dyer in the clear to make it four.
Inside the final ten minutes, Scott Sinclair added the icing atop the cake with his late drive.
The troublesome former Chelsea winger came off the bench to drill a low shot past the under siege Green from the edge of the box.
QPR manager Mark Hughes offered little in the way of an excuse for the defeat, labelling the performance as “embarrassing”.
Hughes went on, accusing his players of “falling flat on their faces” in their Premier League opener.
Matt O’Brien, football correspondent