Mackie earns QPR a 1-1 draw at Swansea

Queens Park Rangers ended its three-match losing streak in the

Premier League by rallying to a 1-1 draw at Swansea on Tuesday.

Jamie Mackie scored QPR’s equalizer at the Liberty Stadium when

he got in behind Swansea’s notoriously stubborn defense from a long

clearance by goalkeeper Paddy Kenny to stab home a finish in the

58th minute.

Fellow striker Danny Graham had given the Welsh team the lead in

the 14th minute when he curled a shot into the bottom corner from

the edge of the area for his sixth league goal of the season. QPR’s

players claimed Graham deliberately handled the ball in the

build-up to the goal.

”The referee saw it was handball but said it was not

intentional,” QPR manager Neil Warnock said. ”It was a crucial

decision, a big decision like that. You’ve got to know the

game.”

The draw lifted 16th-place QPR three points clear of the

relegation zone after 18 games. Swansea, which rose one place to

14th, has two more points after maintaining its impressive form at

home, where the team has only lost once – to Manchester United.

”I thought it was two points dropped with our form here this

season,” Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers said.

”We showed some fantastic spells in the first half which had us

in front, which we deserved, but we never really got going in the

second half.”