QPR 5-1 Swansea: Rangers sink the Swans with impressive victory to ease them into the FA Cup fourth round
- Jordan Hugill gave QPR the lead with a fantastic volley from 18 yards out
- Bright Osayi-Samuel stole the ball from Jake Bidwell and scored QPR’s second
- Hugill grabbed his brace as he poked home from a widely taken set-piece
- After a Swansea triple sub, the match came back to life as George Byers scored
- However, Lee Wallace confirmed the home win with a cracking volley for 4-1
- Josh Scowen scored the pick of the goals, lobbing Nordfelt from a crazy angle
Jordan Hugill took advantage of a badly weakened Swansea team to grab his first FA Cup goals for six years.
The 27-year-old striker, on loan from West Ham, was at Port Vale when he last got on the scoresheet in the famous old competition.
But a double before half-time helped fire QPR into tonight’s fourth-round draw, and manager Mark Warburton to a first ever FA Cup win.
Jordan Hugill (left) opened the scoring for QPR with an impressive volley from 18 yards
Bright Osayi-Samuel doubled the hosts lead six minutes later as he continues to impress
The striker stole the ball from Swansea’s Jake Bidwell and slotted it past Kristoffer Nordfelt
Hugill then scored his second of the match – poking the ball home from a crossed free kick
Swansea boss Steve Cooper made 10 changes with promotion from the Championship and a derby next week against Cardiff on his mind.
And in truth this tie was decided the moment the Swans’ team-sheet appeared.
A superb volley and a tap-in from Hugill, his first goals for nine games, plus a strike from Bright Osayi-Samuel made it 3-0 at half-time.
And after George Byers briefly gave Swansea hope, Lee Wallace – with his first for the club – and Josh Scowen joined an in-house goal of the season battle with two more great strikes.
Warburton said: ‘I am a Spurs man through and through – so Tottenham at the new stadium in the draw now would do for me on Monday night.
‘There were some great goals today, volleys flying in from everywhere. But I think my favourite was Lee Wallace.
Rangers completely blew the Swans out of the water in the first half and dominated the match
George Byers made an immediate impact off the bench and made it 3-1 before the hour mark
Mark Warburton watched on as his men swept aside the Swans after their consolation goal
‘A volley with his right foot is like seeing Halley’s Comet or Lord Lucan riding Sheargar – and it may never happen again.
MATCH FACTS AND PLAYER RATINGS
QPR XI: Kelly 6; Kane 7, Cameron 7 (Gubbins 90′), Masterson 7, Wallace 7; Ball 6, Scowen 6, Pugh 6, Chair 8 (Dalling 80′); Osayi-Samuel 7 (Shodipo 69′), Hugill 8.
Unused Subs: Barnes, Hall, Smith, Wells.
Goals: Hugill 22′ 45′, Osayi-Samuel 28′, Wallace 77′, Scowen.
Swansea XI: Nordfeldt 7; Roberts 5, B Cooper 5, Bidwell 5, John 6; Fulton 6, Carroll 6; Dyer 6 (Borja 57′), McKay 6 (Celina 57′), Peterson 7 (Byers 57′); Kalulu 6.
Unused Subs: Mulder, Naughton, Cabango, Dhanda.
Goals: Byers 59′.
Man of the match: Jordan Hugill.
‘Jordan and Nahki Wells were both scoring for fun together, then they both stopped scoring together. As strikers you get tough periods and hot streaks.’
Cooper was defiant over his selection after a miserable first taste of FA Cup football as a boss.
He said: ‘I am not happy with the performance and I regret the result, but that was an experienced team I thought would try – and was capable of playing better, and winning.
‘I don’t think some of our boys who played over Christmas could have gone again today. It is a bit crazy, the schedule, you are asking a lot.
‘But today was self-inflicted, every goal we could have done better. If you are not willing to play with bit of heart and soul, you can get run over.
‘Players had a chance to stake a claim today. That wasn’t us. Not often have I questioned attitude, but I am today. We will get criticism, me included, and I am fuming. I can’t accept not trying.’
Rangers took the lead after 21 minutes. Todd Kane crossed from the right, and Hugill expertly caught the ball on his chest before volleying in from 20 yards.
The in-form Osayi-Samuel then robbed former QPR defender Jake Bidwell after 29 minutes and found the bottom corner.
And on half-time Hugill grabbed his second from an Ilias Chair free-kick.
Cooper made a triple change – and substitute George Byers pulled a goal back on the hour.
But Rangers made sure of a safe passage with another sumptuous volley after 76 minutes, this time from left-back Wallace from the edge of the area. And Scowen completed the rout in style.
Lee Wallace then scored with a 25-yard strike to nail the Swansea coffin and advance his side
Josh Scowen then lobbed the Swansea goalkeeper from an audacious angle to finish it off