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QPR draw at Swansea on Mackie’s second-half goal


Queens Park Rangers ended their three-match losing streak in the Premier League by rallying to a 1-1 draw at Swansea City on Tuesday.

Jamie Mackie scored QPR’s equalizer at 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 buildup 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, who rose one place to 14th, have two more points after maintaining their impressive form at home, where the team have 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.”

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