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  • Tue, 13 Apr 2021 21:55:58 +0000: EFL roundup: Swansea up to third after victory against Sheffield Wednesday - QPR | The Guardian
    • Lowe and Fulton goals put Swans seven points behind Watford
    • Rotherham’s survival hopes boosted by 3-1 win over QPR

    Swansea manager Steve Cooper praised his side’s mentality after Tuesday’s 2-0 Championship win at Sheffield Wednesday which lifted them to third in the table, seven points behind second-placed Watford. Jamal Lowe scored his third goal in two games as he broke the deadlock in the 31st minute, turning in a pass from André Ayew. Cooper brought on Connor Roberts in the 73rd minute and less than a minute later he crossed for Jay Fulton to power in the Swans’ second goal.

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  • Wed, 17 Mar 2021 22:41:26 +0000: Championship roundup: Norwich beat Forest but Farke calls for focus - QPR | The Guardian
    • Canaries extend lead over Watford at top of Championship
    • Barnsley see off Wycombe 3-1; Bowyer’s Birmingham win

    Norwich maintained their stranglehold at the top of the Championship with a comfortable 2-0 win at Nottingham Forest. Teemu Pukki scored his 22nd league goal of the season and Kieran Dowell added a second before half-time as the Canaries broke a club record with their ninth consecutive league win.

    Daniel Farke’s side extended their lead over second-placed Watford to 10 points with 10 games remaining, but the manager has asked his players to remain focused.

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  • Tue, 09 Mar 2021 20:32:30 +0000: EFL roundup: Ayew on spot again as Swansea stumble to draw at Blackburn - QPR | The Guardian
    • André Ayew penalty earns 1-1 draw at Ewood Park
    • Joey Barton critical of referee after Bristol Rovers win

    André Ayew scored a penalty for the fourth game in a row but Swansea missed a chance to move into the Championship’s top two as they were held to a 1-1 draw at Blackburn.

    Ayew’s previous two spot-kicks earned latewins over Middlesbrough and Stoke, and on Tuesday his 41st-minute penalty cancelled out Bradley Dack’s opener to earn a point as Blackburn missed a host of chances to claim victory. Swansea move level with second-placed Watfordwith a game in hand.

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  • Tue, 19 Jan 2021 08:00:50 +0000: QPR's Manisha Tailor: 'I am here to work in football and offer change' | Donald McRae - QPR | The Guardian

    The only South Asian Indian woman in the English professional game talks about her career and how it has helped her traumatised twin brother to speak again

    “There were many times where I would go to games and of course it would be perceived that I was the physio or any role where I couldn’t possibly be the lead coach,” Manisha Tailor says as she remembers arriving at opposition grounds with her Queens Park Rangers boys’ academy teams. Tailor is now the lead foundation phase coach at QPR and she says that “being a South Asian Indian woman, and the only person of South Asian heritage, male or female, in this kind of full-time coaching role at any of the 92 clubs in English professional football is a testament to QPR”.

    Yet, when she first began working as the head coach of the under-nine boys, the opposition automatically assumed she was the QPR physio. “Myself and my colleague had conversations about it,” Tailor says with a smile and a shrug. “We’d say: ‘How many times has this happened? Is it three in a row? We laugh about it but you have to be in a position to influence change. You need to be in a position where you have the qualifications – but you also need an opportunity to coach on a level playing field. I was given that at QPR but I know that there are other South Asian people, male and female, who have the qualifications to do my role. So why are so few people of colour, who have pro licences, getting opportunities to become head coaches?”

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    This whole journey with my brother has given me a moral purpose – reconnecting with football helped me connect with him

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  • Thu, 14 Jan 2021 08:00:33 +0000: Championship at halfway: miracles at Swansea and a Rooney-led revival - QPR | The Guardian

    Norwich are top but have not hit full tilt and Neil Warnock is targeting a remarkable ninth promotion with Middlesbrough

    Things could soon get snug at the summit but, for now, leaders Norwich have a four-point advantage over Swansea, where Steve Cooper continues to work minor miracles. For Daniel Farke the good news is that in 11 of the past 12 seasons, the team top at Christmas have clinched promotion. The bad news? For their rivals, it is that they are not yet at full tilt. Norwich have the same manager and almost an identical team to the one that secured this crown two years ago – the Tottenham loanee Oliver Skipp has slotted into midfield – but it is largely a tried and trusted formula; Tim Krul in goal, Max Aarons marauding into the box, Emi Buendía pulling off preposterous passes, and Teemu Pukki putting the ball in the net.

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