Russell Martin’s bold QPR selection pays off as Swansea City have welcome dilemmas to solve

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Piroe, Obafemi, Ntcham and Wood all feature in the talking points following Swansea’s win over QPR

Swansea City clinched three points and kept a clean sheet as they beat Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.

Joel Piroe struck the only goal of the game as the hosts moved up to 17th in the Championship table following what was their second league win of the campaign.

Here are the key talking points from the Swans’ 1-0 win over Michael Beale’s side.

Plenty of eyebrows were raised when the team news was officially announced at 2pm on Saturday. The omissions of Michael Obafemi and Olivier Ntcham were obvious headlines, but the inclusions of Ollie Cooper and Steven Benda were equally eye-catching.

Cooper impressed at Stoke City on Wednesday night and deservedly kept his place in Swansea’s attack. He rewarded the faith shown in him by Russell Martin with another fine display on what was his first home start for the club.

The Welshman provided real energy and always looked threatening in the QPR half. He showed determination and quality in setting up Joel Piroe to score what proved to be the match winner.

He did his share of defensive work too, ending the contest having made three tackles and a clearance before being withdrawn in the second-half. Ntcham would do well to look at the example set by the youngster following his limp cameo at Stoke City.

Meanwhile, Benda was handed his first league start for Swansea since Martin’s men were beaten 3-1 by Preston North End at Deepdale in August last year.

As with Cooper, Benda fully justified his place in the side and produced an impressive display in which he kept what was only Swansea’s second clean sheet in nine games in all competitions this season.

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