PREMIER LEAGUE: QPR manage to hold Swansea
QPR's winless run has stretched to six matches but they have managed to hold Swansea City to a 1-1 draw at Liberty Stadium this evening.
The R's have not saluted since their 3-2 win at Stoke City on November 19 and have fallen to be sitting precariously close to the drop zone but Swansea's fortunes are not much better with just one win in their past eight outings although they have been beaten just once at home this season.
Danny Graham struck inside 15 minutes for the Swans who then conceded just their third goal of the season at home when Jamie Mackie leveled in the 58th minute with both sides remaining 14th and 16th on the table respectively.
Graham was helped by a little bit of luck when the ball appeared to shave his arm when he attempted to control a chipped ball from Wayne Routledge in the area and with the help of a deflection, he was able to regain compsure. The former Watford man then had no right to get off an early shot which found its way into the bottom right corner from the edge of the box giving Paddy Kenny no chance and marking the Swans striker's sixth of the campaign.
Just prior to the hour-mark, QPR answered through Jamie Mackie who controlled a glancing header from Swansea's Leon Britton which came from a long up-field Kenny punt. The Scottish striker took the ball with his chest just inside the area after reacting first to a sleeping Swans defence and pounced to slot home past Michel Vorm for his second in two outings.
Earlier, R's skipper Joey Barton hit a sweet shot from a central midfield position but Vorm was up to the task and sent it over the crossbar in the 22nd minute before Graham forced Kenny into a simple save after working Fitz Hall off the ball 15 minutes later.
Joe Allen played him in but his toe-poke from an angle was bore down on by the R's defence as Neil Warnock's men made life much tougher in the second half after Swansea controlled the first 45.
With 20 minutes remaining, Swansea had calls for a penalty when Adama Traore took down Graham just inside the area but referee Lee Probert waved away the protests before Adel Taarabt was denied by an athletic Vorm save as both sides grabbed a share of the spoils.
TRIBAL ASKS: Are both of these sides good enough to avoid the drop? Swansea need to win at home whilst QPR simply have to win otherwise it might be a short stay at the top for last season's Championship top-two.
Liberty Stadium, Swansea - 19,530