QPR v Swansea reaction

Swansea dominated from the outset at Loftus Road, showing no

signs of weakness after the summer departures of former boss

Brendan Rodgers and midfielder Joe Allen to Liverpool.

Summer signing Michu broke the deadlock after just eight minutes

and doubled Swansea’s tally in the second half, netting an

exquisite curling left-foot strike.

The old guard wrapped up the 5-0 victory as Nathan Dyer grabbed

a brace and Scott Sinclair struck to get Laudrup’s life at the

Swansea helm off to the best possible start.

“That was impressive,” the Dane said. “Winning the first game in

my debut – and also the team’s first in their second season in the

Premier – away and 5-0. I don’t think anyone could’ve dreamed about

that.

“Of course, the most important thing is the team and I am very

happy for the players.

“Last season I think it took until January to win the first away

game and it is very important that you know you can win an away

game as it gives you a lot of confidence for the rest of the

season.

“If you know or think you will always lose or maybe only draw,

you have to win all your home games.

“It has given us a lot, a lot of confidence, which we can bring

to Swansea for the next two games to try win at home.”

Saturday’s victory leaves Swansea joint top of the Premier

League after what was Laudrup’s first match in English football,

although he is well aware it will not always be that easy.

“Well, if I had never played football myself or been a manager

maybe I could think that, but I have been in football for 30

years,” he said.

“I know, and we all know, that there will be bad days, bad weeks

and maybe even bad months, but what is important is when we get

results like that we’ve have to take it and use it.

“I think it is very important for a small team to start the

season winning an away game. I think that’s very important.”

A notable absentee from Swansea’s starting line-up was winger

Sinclair, fresh from the revelation that he wants to leave the

Liberty Stadium.

Laudrup is not sure whether the 23-year-old will depart before

the end of the transfer window and insists the current situation

did not affect his decision to name him on the bench.

“There is no update,” he said. “Looking at him training, I had

no problems putting him in the squad.

“In the end I chose Nathan [Dyer] and Wayne [Routledge] for the

starting XI because they have both been here from the first day I

came.

“We worked a lot together and Scott has only been here for nine

or 10 days because he was at the Olympics.

“I think from what I’ve seen in training he is 100% focused and

I don’t know what will happen, not even Scott knows in this

moment.”

Sinclair netted the final goal at Loftus Road after easily

finding space in QPR’s porous defence.

Hoops boss Mark Hughes was taken aback by the margin of victory

but was keen not to pick out any player for particular

criticism.

“I think it is a collective thing today,” he said. “We just need

to be better collectively as a team.

“It was difficult. It was a really warm day and the worst thing

you want to do is concede and then have to chase games and try and

affect them.

“It was difficult for the guys, but from my point of view I

certainly expected a much more accomplished performance than was

delivered.

“We’ll come together this week and next week we will be

fundamentally better.”