Queens Park Rangers gave themselves a huge boost in their struggle to avoid the drop with a 3-0 win against Swansea City at Loftus Road. Although the visitors probably had the better of the first half, it was QPR who took the lead in stoppage time when a corner was deflected to Joey Barton to fire home from near the edge of the box. The goal seemed to inspire Mark Hughes' side, and they were much improved after the interval.
The second was coming, and it eventually arrived via deflection when Jamie Mackie's effort bounced off Angel Rangel and wrong-footed Michel Vorm in the 55th minute, and although Swansea showed signs of life shortly after going 2-0 down Akos Buzsaky wrapped the match up with a long-range piledriver with just over twenty minutes to go. Brendan Rodgers had no reply, and QPR closed out the match looking far more likely to score a fourth than to concede a first. It's a big win for the Hoops, who now find themselves in 16th place, two points clear of the drop.