How they rated

Wales On Sunday - - SPORT - BY AN­DREW GWILYM

ER­WIN MUL­DER

Had a pretty quiet af­ter­noon for the most part but ab­so­lutely rock-solid in ev­ery­thing he did as he claimed his fifth clean sheet in five ap­pear­ances since com­ing into the side.

MIKE VAN DER HOORN

An­other fine af­ter­noon’s work for the skip­per. Dealt with the aerial threat of Hemed and then Smith, and it was hard to re­call an oc­ca­sion where he found him­self in any real bother. See how the match un­folded in the video be­low.

JOE RODON

Ex­celled once again. Calm and com­posed and pro­duced one thrilling run up the touch­line as he brought the ball out with au­thor­ity and no lit­tle class.

MATT GRIMES

Moved to left-back af­ter play­ing so well in mid­field and was tasked with tuck­ing in to bol­ster op­tions in the mid­dle of the park. It was risky, but he rel­ished it. Had a few slips in pos­ses­sion but a very solid out­ing.

GE­ORGE BY­ERS

Strug­gled a lit­tle dur­ing a scrappy open­ing but he got bet­ter as the game went on. Neat and tidy in pos­ses­sion, flashed one ef­fort wide of goal too. Brushed aside a lit­tle eas­ily at times but more valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence in the bank.

TOM CAR­ROLL

Wob­bled a lit­tle early in the sec­ond half but was very good oth­er­wise. A lot of onus on him as the sole deep-ly­ing mid­fielder but he knit­ted play to­gether well and got about de­fen­sively.

CON­NOR ROBERTS

Took his goal well with a nice dummy as his con­sis­tent form con­tin­ued. He and Naughton forged a good un­der­stand­ing and he should have had an as­sist when he teed up Baker-Richard­son.

OLI MCBURNIE

Has played left wing and cen­tre-for­ward. Here he ef­fec­tively played as a num­ber 10 and still per­formed to a high level. His runs from deep were a nui­sance for QPR and his hold-up play was ex­cel­lent. De­served a goal, but laid on Ful­ton’s strike any­way.

BER­SANT CELINA

His in­flu­ence was slightly re­duced by be­ing moved out to the left and you could see there were oc­ca­sions he was des­per­ate to drift into more cen­tral ar­eas. Of­fered a threat un­til his with­drawal.

COURTNEY BAKER-RICHARD­SON

To have scored on his come­back from sus­pen­sion must have been a tremen­dous relief and he took the goal re­ally well. But he will know he could eas­ily have ended the day with the match ball, hold-up play a lit­tle laboured.

SUB­STI­TUTES

Leroy Fer (On for Baker-Richard­son, 71) 7 A wel­come re­turn from in­jury to shore up the mid­field and his drive helped tilt the bal­ance back in Swansea’s favour. Jay Ful­ton (On for Celina, 71) 7 An­other to make a no­tice­able im­pact, played with real en­ergy and grabbed a goal and an as­sist. Martin Ols­son (On for By­ers, 84) 6 Lit­tle chance to make an im­pact with late run-out.

OP­PO­SI­TION

Lum­ley, Ran­gel, Bap­tiste, Lynch, Bid­well, Cameron, Luongo, Eze (Smith 70), Free­man (Ws­zolek 87), Hemed, Wells (Hall 87)

REF­EREE

Kevin Friend (Le­ics)

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