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Eden Hazard ball boy incident dragged Chelsea into gutter once more

Hazard incident poses the question… when will Chelsea rise from the gutter

By
Neil Ashton

PUBLISHED:

01:13 GMT, 24 January 2013

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UPDATED:

07:31 GMT, 24 January 2013

Chelsea players demanded answers from Eden Hazard in the dressing room at the Liberty Stadium – and they had every right to do so.

They are furious with the 32million man after he dragged the reputation of this club – champions of Europe remember – into the gutter again.

Forget the FA and the lengthy ban that will follow for the red card. This time Chelsea must act. They must take their own action, make an example of a player who has embarrassed and humiliated the club in front of a worldwide TV audience.

Hazard warning: The Belgian's team-mates are furious with him

Hazard warning: The Belgian's team-mates are furious with him

This Capital One Cup semi-final second leg was beamed all over the world, across north Africa and the Middle East, as Swansea City set off in pursuit of their first major final – a fairytale date with Bradford City at Wembley next month.

They got there, but the enduring memory of last night will be of the moment Hazard lost the plot behind Gerhard Tremmel’s goal. Losing a match is one thing, booting a ball boy something else.

Chelsea’s official twitter feed – which boasts nearly 1.8 million followers around the world – was one-eyed in its immediate response. Seconds after the incident, the club’s verified account tweeted: ‘Has football gone mad Hazard is sent off for kicking the ball under a ball boy attempting to smother the ball rather than return it.’

They apologised for those remarks an hour after the match. Presumably, someone at last saw some sense. But frankly, the club’s lack of self-discipline is alarming. Hazard’s flash of anger is a new low, a despicable act that has brought the great name of Chelsea into disrepute again.

Foolish: Hazard reacted when the ball boy tried to keep the ball away from him

Foolish: Hazard reacted when the ball boy tried to keep the ball away from him

What a year it’s been for them. Earlier in the season, John Terry was banned for four games by the FA after they found him guilty of racially abusing QPR’s Anton Ferdinand last season.

In October, the club accused referee Mark Clattenburg of racially insulting John Mikel Obi after their fiery 3-2 defeat by Manchester United in the Barclays Premier League. Clattenburg was cleared by an FA investigation.

This isn’t conduct becoming of European champions, a club with so much positive recent history on its side after winning three Premier League titles and four FA Cups, as well as the Champions League, during the Roman Abramovich era.

With fans revolting against the regime of interim manager Rafa Benitez following some indifferent results, Chelsea’s billionaire owner returned early from St Barts to sort out the mess at Stamford Bridge last weekend. But he will struggle to know where to start after this.

We've been here before: The club reported Clattenburg (left) to the FA

We've been here before: The club reported Clattenburg (left) to the FA

Hazard has to be accountable for his actions, sent off by referee Chris Foy after this extraordinary incident late in the second half. Charlie Morgan, son of Swansea director Martin Morgan, certainly played his part in an incredible moment.

Morgan started the day by boasting to his 11 twitter followers that ‘the king of all ball boys was back for one final appearance’. By 10.30pm more than 50,000 were following him and the comments from football fans around the world were a mixture of sympathy and abuse.

Earlier in the day he had tweeted that he intended to waste time to help Swansea hold on to their precious 2-0 advantage from the first leg. With about 12 minutes left, he did just that, holding on to the ball and refusing Hazard’s requests to return it quickly for a Swansea goal-kick.

No choice: Chris Foy gives Hazard his marching orders

No choice: Chris Foy gives Hazard his marching orders

Hazard could have remonstrated with the officials so that they added on time. Instead, what happened next should never be seen on a football field again, a shocking and shameful act by one of the most high-profile names in the game. Booting a ball boy in the ribs was unforgivable. Initially, Hazard seemed unrepentant as he left the field, but Chelsea were left frantically trying to defuse the volatile situation.

Young Morgan, after receiving treatment on his ribs in the Swansea dressing room, was eventually taken to see Hazard. The winger apologised for losing control, but that will not be enough to get him off the hook, with the FA sure to throw the book at him.

His team-mates have had Hazard down as flash and flighty for a while, and it will take time to repair the damage in the dressing room. After this, it will take even longer to restore Chelsea’s battered image around the world.

Chelsea 0 Swansea 2 – Capital One Cup match report

Chelsea 0 Swansea 2: Marvellous Michu makes sloppy Chelsea pay before Graham adds late second

By
Matt Barlow

PUBLISHED:

21:37 GMT, 9 January 2013

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UPDATED:

21:37 GMT, 9 January 2013

Michu once again underlined exactly why he is being touted as signing of the summer as he plundered his 15th goal of the season to give Swansea the advantage at half-time in the Capital One Cup semi-final.

The 2million man proved to be the best Spanish striker on the pitch as his goal late in the first-half won the match in which 50million Fernando Torres struggled badly to find any rhythm.

Chelsea enjoyed the better of the opening exchanges but failed to beat an inspired Gerhard Tremmel.

And they made to pay the ultimate price when a Branislav Ivanovic mistake was pounced on by Michu.

Danny Graham then doubled the lead in stoppage time.

More to follow….

Red action: Swansea have the lead at half-time in their Capital One Cup clash with Chelsea

Red action: Swansea have the lead at half-time in their Capital One Cup clash with Chelsea

MATCH FACTS

CHELSEA: Turnbull, Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Cahill, Cole, Luiz, Ramires (Lampard 71), Hazard, Oscar (Marin 83), Mata, Torres (Ba 81). Subs: Hilario, Ferreira, Bertrand, Ake.

SWANSEA: Tremmel, Rangel, Chico, Williams, Davies, Britton, De Guzman, Ki, Routledge (Tiendalli 63), Hernandez, Michu (Graham 84).
Subs: Vorm, Dyer, Monk, Shechter, Agustien.

Goal: Michu 39, Graham 90

Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)

Star man: Michu proved to be the difference, as so often he has been since he joined the Swans

Star man: Michu proved to be the difference, as so often he has been since he joined the Swans

Star man: Michu proved to be the difference, as so often he has been since he joined the Swans

Rough and ready: Swansea matched Chelsea every step of the way at Stamford Bridge

Rough and ready: Swansea matched Chelsea every step of the way at Stamford Bridge

Rough and ready: Swansea matched Chelsea every step of the way at Stamford Bridge

Rough and ready: Swansea matched Chelsea every step of the way at Stamford Bridge

Fulham 1 Swansea 2 – match report

Fulham 1 Swansea 2: Stockdale horror helps Swans prove they can cope without Michu

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UPDATED:

17:07 GMT, 29 December 2012

David Stockdale endured a nightmare recall in goal for Fulham today as he gifted Swansea victory at Craven Cottage and sucked his own side ever closer to the Barclays Premier League drop zone.

Stockdale, making his first top-flight appearance for 11 months in place of the injured Mark Schwarzer, handed late Christmas presents to Danny Graham and Jonathan de Guzman in a shocking all-round display in front of England boss Roy Hodgson.

Fulham pulled a goal back in controversial fashion in a wet and windy rally when Bryan Ruiz's shot went in off an offside Sascha Riether but it was not enough to stop them slipping a defeat which leaves them four points above the drop zone.

Swimming upstream: Swansea City's Danny Graham helped his side record another win on the road

Swimming upstream: Swansea City's Danny Graham helped his side record another win on the road

Swimming upstream: Swansea City's Danny Graham helped his side record another win on the road

MATCH FACTS

FULHAM: Stockdale; Hangeland, Briggs, Hughes, Riether; Sidwell, Karagounis, Frei (Senderos 84), Berbatov, Ruiz, Dejagah (Rodallega 76) Subs not used: Etheridge, Kelly, Riise, Baird, Richardson

SWANSEA: Tremmel, Williams, Monk, Tiendalli, Rangel, Pablo (Davies 66), Dyer, Routledge (Ki 46), De Guzman, Agustien (Britton 82), Graham Subs not used: Vorm, Bartley, Britton, Shechter, Moore

Referee: Andre Marriner

Attendance: 25,700

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Swansea stayed 10 clear of danger, with Graham and De Guzman's goals proving there was life beyond injured top scorer Michu.

The punishing festive schedule seemed
to be behind both managers' decisions to ring the changes today, Fulham
making six and Swansea seven.

Each were without their first-choice keepers, with Swansea resting Michel Vorm and recalling Gerhard Tremmel.

And while they were also missing
Michu, Fulham were able to call upon the fit-again Ruiz, something that
would have been more of a relief to Dimitar Berbatov than anyone.

Berbatov may have been poking fun when exposing his 'Keep calm and pass me the ball' T-shirt in the Boxing Day draw with Southampton.

But he clearly missed the only other
player in the squad to hold a candle to him and it did not take the pair
long to rekindle their understanding today.

Frustrations: Dimitar Berbatov wasn't able to have a big enough impact from the outset

Frustrations: Dimitar Berbatov wasn't able to have a big enough impact from the outset

Frustrations: Dimitar Berbatov wasn't able to have a big enough impact from the outset

Frustrations: Dimitar Berbatov wasn't able to have a big enough impact from the outset

Indeed, Berbatov probably should have
scored in the 10th minute when he outmuscled his marker six yards out
only to volley Ruiz's corner into the ground and over the bar.

Otherwise, both teams looked like
sides on a poor run of form, Fulham having won just one in 11 and
Swansea without a victory in four league games.

So it was no surprise to see the opening goal come from a mistake in the 19th minute.

Nathan Dyer scuffed a deflected cross
from the right towards the corner of Stockdale's goal which should have
been easily pushed wide by the keeper, who was last week recalled from
his loan at Hull.

Instead, he slapped the ball straight back into danger, Graham doing well to readjust and hook the ball back into the net.

See something you like England manager Roy Hodgson was back on his old stomping ground

See something you like England manager Roy Hodgson was back on his old stomping ground

Berbatov tried to inspire an
equaliser but Kerim Frei blasted his lay-off wide from a tight angle
before Ruiz fired a free-kick just off target and volleyed another
Berbatov knockdown over the bar.

Giorgos Karagounis was booked for an ugly sliding leg sweep on Dyer that could even have drawn worse punishment.

Tremmel palmed a Ruiz curler to safety before the interval, during which Swansea sent on Ki Sung-Yueng for Wayne Routledge.

Good timing: Graham finished in style on 19 minutes to hand Swansea a surprise lead

Good timing: Graham finished in style on 19 minutes to hand Swansea a surprise lead

Good timing: Graham finished in style on 19 minutes to hand Swansea a surprise lead

Ruiz almost got the better of the motionless Swans keeper when his latest free-kick curled inches wide.

But Stockdale produced another howler
in the 52nd minute when he cleared the ball straight against Brede
Hangeland and it rebounded for Pablo Hernandez to square for De Guzman
to sidefoot home.

Tremmel showed Stockdale the way
three minutes with a decent stop from Ruiz's powerful half-volley but he
was finally beaten a minute later in controversial fashion.

Jonny on the spot: Jonathan de Guzman doubled Swansea's lead shortly after half-time

Jonny on the spot: Jonathan de Guzman doubled Swansea's lead shortly after half-time

Jonny on the spot: Jonathan de Guzman doubled Swansea's lead shortly after half-time

Berbatov headed Frei's cross against
the bar and his follow-up was blocked straight to Ruiz, whose
point-blank finish was going in but hit an offside Riether on the way.

Tremmel's appeals fell on deaf ears and suddenly it was all Fulham.

The visitors sent on Ben Davies for Hernandez in what was now driving rain at Craven Cottage.

The wet surface helped Karagounis
force a spill from Tremmel straight to Berbatov but this time the
offside flag was rightly raised as he slotted home.

Too far: Bryan Ruiz tried his luck from distance, but couldn't find a way through...

Too far: Bryan Ruiz tried his luck from distance, but couldn't find a way through…

... but just before the hour, the Costa Rican handed his side some hope with a finish from close range

… but just before the hour, the Costa Rican handed his side some hope with a finish from close range

Fulham finally made a change of their own with just under 15 minutes remaining, Hugo Rodallega replacing Ashkan Dejagah.

Graham forced another uncomfortable save from Stockdale on the break and Kemy Agustien was booked for upending Rodallega.

Agustien was immediately withdrawn for Leon Britton, with Fulham sending on Philippe Senderos for Frei.

The home side's misery was duly complete when Berbatov sent a stoppage-time header off target.

Newcastle 1 Swansea 2 – match report

Newcastle 1 Swansea 2: Michu and De Guzman put profligate Magpies in a flap

PUBLISHED:

16:52 GMT, 17 November 2012

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UPDATED:

17:08 GMT, 17 November 2012

Michu set Swansea on the road to victory at Newcastle as the misfiring Magpies slipped to a second home defeat in seven days.

On a day when the home side were prevented from fielding their own big-money frontman Papiss Cisse because of a wrangle with the Senegal Football Federation, the depth of Alan Pardew's squad was exposed once again.

A team shorn of Cisse, the suspended Fabricio Coloccini and the injured Yohan Cabaye and Jonas Gutierrez once again failed to score in a home game and allowed three points to slip tamely from their grasp.

Not this time: Swansea's Ashley Williams thwarts Demba Ba

Not this time: Swansea's Ashley Williams thwarts Demba Ba

Match facts

NEWCASTLE: Krul, Simpson (Bigirimana 73), Taylor, Williamson, Santon, Ben Arfa, Anita, Tiote, Ferguson (Shola Ameobi 45), Sammy Ameobi (Marveaux 78), Ba. Subs not used: Elliot, Amalfitano, Tavernier, Abeid.

Goals: Ba 90

Booked: Santon

SWANSEA: Tremmel, Rangel, Williams, Monk, Davies, Britton, De Guzman, Dyer (Routledge 61), Michu (Graham 81), Hernandez, Shechter (Agustien 65). Subs not used: Cornell, Chico, Moore, Tiendalli.

Goals: Michu 58, De Guzman 87

Booked: Britton, Shechter, Rangel

Referee: Phil Dowd

Att: 49,403

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Last Sunday it was West Ham, this time Swansea were the beneficiaries.

Newcastle had chances – Hatem Ben
Arfa was denied a spectacular first-half opener by Swans goalkeeper
Gerhard Tremmel – and Demba Ba, who struck in injury time, was guilty of
a series of costly earlier misses.

However, the visitors were more than a
match for their hosts and were good value for their win, which was
secured by Michu's 58th-minute header and a second from Jonathan de
Guzman three minutes from time.

There were boos on the final whistle
from sections of the home fans among a crowd of 49,403, with memories of
last season's champagne football increasingly distant amid a run of
seven Barclays Premier League games which has brought just one victory.

Cisse, who scored both goals in a 2-0
win at the Liberty Stadium last season, was conspicuous by his absence
after Senegal carried through their threat to invoke FIFA's five-day
rule following his failure to report for international duty because of
injury.

Tough tussle: Newcastle's Danny Simpson tangles with Nathan Dyer (left)

Tough tussle: Newcastle's Danny Simpson tangles with Nathan Dyer (left)

That, combined with Pardew's other
selection problems, gave something of a make-do-and-mend look to the
team and perhaps understandably, they were disjointed.

The system with which they began was
nominally 4-4-1-1, but at times, resembled more like 2-1-5-1-1 with
right-back Danny Simpson repeatedly finding himself more advanced than
winger Ben Arfa, and holding midfielder Cheick Tiote frequently
out-numbered as Swansea broke at pace.

Michu, employed behind lone striker
Itay Shechter, caused all kinds of problems as the home side struggled
to pick him up, and on more than one occasion central defender Mike
Williamson was left chasing shadows as a result of the Spaniard's
intelligent movement.

Cutting edge: But Ba's scissor kick goes just wide

Cutting edge: But Ba's scissor kick goes just wide

The visitors might have struck the
first blow when Nathan Dyer scuffed a sixth-minute shot across the face
of goal, and Tim Krul was relieved to clutch Pablo Hernandez's
long-range effort to his midriff four minutes later.

Michu tested the Dutchman from distance with a curling left-footed effort with the Magpies short of inspiration.

However, as Ben Arfa picked up the
baton, they gradually started to force their way into the game. The
Frenchman blasted a right-footed effort into the side-netting and
delivered a 27th-minute cross which Ba glanced just wide.

Poacher: Michu (left) heads home to give Swansea the lead at St James' Park

Poacher: Michu (left) heads home to give Swansea the lead at St James' Park

Going nowhere: Hatem Ben Arfa (right) nips in to take the ball from Swansea's Ben Davies

Going nowhere: Hatem Ben Arfa (right) nips in to take the ball from Swansea's Ben Davies

But it took a fine one-handed save by
Tremmel to keep out Ben Arfa's fizzing left-footed strike after he cut
inside 12 minutes before the break.

As Newcastle pressed forward, the
Swans took advantage of the space they left behind them and Krul had to
save twice from Shechter in quick succession with his defence in
disarray.

But he would have been helpless had
Michu managed to hit the target with a 41st-minute header after the
Israeli had combined with Hernandez down the left.

Danny Simpson had to get in a vital
clearing header after Dyer had caught the Magpies flat-footed with a
quickly-taken free-kick after the restart.

Arms race: Newcastle's Sammy Ameobi (right) fends off Jonathan De Guzman

Arms race: Newcastle's Sammy Ameobi (right) fends off Jonathan De Guzman

Stout defending: Cheick Tiote (right) is halted by Swansea's Miguel Michu

Stout defending: Cheick Tiote (right) is halted by Swansea's Miguel Michu

Ba scuffed a volley after superbly
controlling Davide Santon's cross on his chest and then Vurnon Anita
almost capped good inter-play between the Ameobi brothers when he
drilled inches over the top from 25 yards.

The chances were starting to come
thick and fast and Ba might have scored twice inside a minute, first
side-footing wastefully wide from Sammy Ameobi's driven cross and then
shooting straight at Tremmel after being played in by Ben Arfa.

But Swansea should really have been
in front 10 minutes into the second half when Hernandez broke down the
left and squared for Shechter, who took his time, but blasted a
right-footed shot over.

Too little, too late: Ba (2nd left) watches his header cross the goal line

Too little, too late: Ba (2nd left) watches his header cross the goal line

Krul had to dive to his right two
minutes later to turn away Hernandez's strike, but there was nothing he
could do seconds later when the same man latched onto his poor clearance
and crossed for Michu to head firmly into the bottom corner.

Ba headed a 64th-minute Tiote cross
towards goal, but without the power to trouble Tremmel, and then could
not react quickly enough to direct Shola Ameobi's driven cross on target
three minutes later.

The Magpies were demonstrating
little composure in front of goal, and were grateful to see Michu
uncharacteristically do the same to miscue Hernandez's 76th-minute cross
wide.

But the sting in the tail arrived
three minutes from time when Krul could only parry substitute Danny
Graham's shot and De Guzman smashed home the rebound from a tight angle,
making Ba's late header after substitute Sylvain Marveaux had struck
the bar practically irrelevant.

Pensive: Michael Laudrup

Pensive: Alan Pardew

Pensive: Swansea manager Michael Laudrup and counterpart Alan Pardew

Close call: Ba rues a chance that got away

Close call: Ba rues a chance that got away

Swansea 1 Chelsea 1: Hernandez seals point for Swans to keep Blues off the top

Swansea 1 Chelsea 1: Hernandez seals point for Swans to keep Blues off the top

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17:10 GMT, 3 November 2012

Pablo Hernandez struck a late equaliser as Chelsea rounded off another controversial week by losing their place at the top of the Barclays Premier League.

The Blues have been embroiled in the furore over referee Mark Clattenburg's alleged inappropriate comments to John Obi Mikel, but they looked set to claim the spoils when Victor Moses nodded in his first league goal for the club in the 61st minute.

Last gasp: Pablo Hernandez celebrates his equaliser for Swansea

Last gasp: Pablo Hernandez celebrates his equaliser for Swansea

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Swansea looked like they would be made to pay for their inability to craft clear-cut chances during a first half they had the better of, but Hernandez seized on Itay Shechter's pass to fire low beyond Petr Cech with three minutes remaining.

The Welsh side were bursting with confidence after their midweek Capital One Cup win at Anfield, and there was a swagger about their play during a first half they had the better of without really creating a meaningful chance.

Branislav Ivanovic, back from suspension, made a critical early intervention for the Blues to block Angel Rangel's pull back and deny Michu an effort on goal as Swansea started smartly.

It was wingers Wayne Routledge and Hernandez who were at the heart of many of Swansea's best moment and they were involved in a number of fine break-outs, one of which saw Mikel, who turned in a fine performance given the storm he has found himself at the centre of, make a brave block as Ki Sung-yueng fired at goal.

On target: Victor Moses celebrates his goal for Chelsea

On target: Victor Moses celebrates his goal for Chelsea

Chelsea highlighted their threat at the other end as Leon Britton cleared off the line from Fernando Torres' near-post header, which narrowly evaded the incoming Gary Cahill.

Moses' driven cross was then parried by Gerhard Tremmel, making his first Premier League start of the season, who also saved a weak follow up header from Torres.

Game changer: Victor Moses celebrates with Gary Cahill after scoring for Chelsea

Game changer: Victor Moses celebrates with Gary Cahill after scoring for Chelsea

Swansea's assurance in possession grew with Britton and Ki dictating play and Hernandez asking questions of Ashley Cole.

Michu could not connect with a De Guzman header as the hosts had difficulty breaking down a Chelsea backline well-marshalled by Ivanovic.

Hazard warning: Chelsea's Eden Hazard takes the ball past Swansea's Wayne Routledge

Hazard warning: Chelsea's Eden Hazard takes the ball past Swansea's Wayne Routledge

And the Blues slowly grew into the game with Eden Hazard becoming increasingly influential. Ashley Williams was fortunate to escape any sanction when he appeared to force the Belgian over in the box, before the former Lille man freed Torres, only for Williams to get back and make a timely intervention.

Roberto Di Matteo brought on Ramires for the anonymous Oriol Romeu at the break and there was a marked improvement in the visitors' play.

Spot the ball: Swansea's Ben Davies (left) and Chelsea's Cesar Azpilcueta battle for the ball

Spot the ball: Swansea's Ben Davies (left) and Chelsea's Cesar Azpilcueta battle for the ball

Hazard cut inside to get away a low shot that Tremmel held well to his right, before Moses wasted a superb opportunity by heading over from Torres' cross.

Cole's excellent block denied De Guzman at the other end as the game opened up, but Swansea fell behind just after the hour mark.

Eyes on the ball: Chelsea's Fernando Torres and Swansea's Ashley Williams (right) compete

Eyes on the ball: Chelsea's Fernando Torres and Swansea's Ashley Williams (right) compete

Tremmel had saved Hazard's free-kick, but from the resulting corner Moses flicked Cahill's header in off the post.

Swansea boss Michael Laudrup quickly threw on Nathan Dyer and Danny Graham as his side sought an equaliser.

Good result: Swansea boss Michael Laudrup

Good result: Swansea boss Michael Laudrup

Neat interplay between Rangel and Ki ended with Cech gathering a high De Guzman shot, before the keeper tipped over an audacious attempted lob from Dyer.

Swansea pressed as Chelsea looked to preserve their advantage, and a deserved leveller finally came from Hernandez's placed effort before Graham was denied a winner by Cahill's excellent block.

Swansea keeper Michel Vorm out for six weeks with groin injury suffered in loss to Manchester City

Swansea keeper Vorm out for six weeks with groin injury suffered in loss to Man City

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UPDATED:

20:53 GMT, 27 October 2012

Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm will be out for four to six weeks after suffering a groin injury in his side's Barclays Premier League loss at Manchester City.

Vorm hurt himself stretching to stop Carlos Tevez's shot for the only goal of the game at the Etihad Stadium and left the field on a stretcher.

Concern: Michel Vorm receives treatment on the pitch after conceding against Manchester City

Concern: Michel Vorm receives treatment on the pitch after conceding against Manchester City

Manager Michael Laudrup confirmed after the match that the Dutchman was now facing a spell on the sidelines.

Laudrup said: 'It is his groin, so we are talking four to six weeks. But that's a part of football, that is what can happen in December, January with the weather, the accumulation of games. That's a part of it.'

Vorm received lengthy treatment on the field after suffering the injury just after the hour and was replaced by Gerhard Tremmel.

Concern: Mario Balotelli hovers over a stricken Vorm

Concern: Mario Balotelli hovers over a stricken Vorm

The German will face a testing week with the Swans playing Liverpool in the Capital One Cup at Anfield in midweek and hosting Chelsea next Saturday.

Laudrup said: 'Now Gerhard has to be ready, starting with the Liverpool and Chelsea games.'

QPR 0 Swansea 5

QPR 0 Swansea 5: Swans rip Rangers to shreds with Michu and Dyer at the fore

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15:53 GMT, 18 August 2012

Michael Laudrup made the best possible start to his management career at Swansea with a thumping victory over a stunned QPR.

Spanish import Michu was the main man as he opened the scoring and doubled the lead before Nathan Dyer struck twice himself.

Scott Sinclair put the cherry on the cake as he grabbed the fifth to send Mark Hughes and his team back down the tunnel with their tails between their legs.

More to follow.

Magic man: Miguel Michu celebrates the first goal of the 2012-13 season

Magic man: Miguel Michu celebrates the first goal of the 2012-13 season

M for main man: Michu set Loftus Road on fire

M for main man: Michu set Loftus Road on fire

Oops: Rob Green will be unhappy with his attempt to save Michu's shot

Oops: Rob Green will be unhappy with his attempt to save Michu's shot

Big fall: QPR will be stunned by their demolition at the hands of Swansea

Big fall: QPR will be stunned by their demolition at the hands of Swansea

Blunder: Green made a bad start to life in west London

Blunder: Green made a bad start to life in west London

Off the pace: Adel Taarabt and his colleagues will need to step it up

Off the pace: Adel Taarabt and his colleagues will need to step it up

Turn it up: Michu celebrates in front of seething QPR fans

Turn it up: Michu celebrates in front of seething QPR fans

Good start: Michael Laudrup will be pleased with his introduction to life at Swansea

Good start: Michael Laudrup will be pleased with his introduction to life at Swansea

Good to be back Park Ji-Sung was first out of the tunnel

Good to be back Park Ji-Sung was first out of the tunnel

MATCH FACTS

QPR: Green, Onuoha, Ferdinand, Hill, Da Silva, Taarabt, Park, Diakite, Hoilett, Mackie, Cisse.

Subs: Murphy, Derry, Johnson, Wright-Phillips, Nelsen, Dyer, Zamora.

Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Williams, Chico, Taylor, de Guzman, Michu (Gower 84), Britton, Dyer, Graham, Routledge.

Subs: Cornell, Tate, Moore, Agustien, Richards, Tremmel.

Goals: Michu 8, 53, Dyer 63, 71, Sinclair 81

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Bolton 2 Swansea 1: Pratley grabs winner against old club to continue Trotters revival

Bolton 2 Swansea 1: Pratley grabs winner against old club to continue Trotters revival

Darren Pratley opened his account for Bolton with a goal against his former club as Wanderers came from behind to defeat Swansea at the Reebok Stadium and secure a place in last 16 of the FA Cup.

After the hosts had applied virtually all the pressure without breaking the deadlock – Mark Davies going the closest – it was the Swans who went 1-0 up in the 43rd minute through Luke Moore's deft chip.

But Pratley, who left the Welsh side for Bolton in the summer, squared things by heading home an equaliser in first-half stoppage time before Chris Eagles settled the fourth-round tie 11 minutes after the break, reacting when Gerhard Tremmel could not hold on to Martin Petrov's strike.

Jumping for joy: Chris Eagles celebrates scoring Bolton's winner

Jumping for joy: Chris Eagles celebrates scoring Bolton's winner

MATCH FACTS

Bolton: Bogdan, Riley, Wheater, Boyata, Ricketts, Eagles (Sanli 90), Reo-Coker, Pratley (Muamba 80), Petrov, Mark Davies,
Ngog (Kevin Davies 74).

Subs Not Used: Jaaskelainen, Robinson, Mears, O'Halloran.

Booked: Wheater,Petrov,Riley,Mark Davies.

Goals: Pratley 45,Eagles 56.

Swansea: Tremmel, Richards, Williams, Monk, Bessone, Routledge (Dyer 65), McEachran, Agustien, Gower (Allen 79), Moore, Lita (Graham 65).

Subs Not Used: Moreira, Tate, Rangel, Sigurdsson.

Goals: Moore 43.

Att: 11,597

Ref: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire).

Both teams hit the goalframe after that, Swansea doing so twice, but it was Wanderers who emerged triumphant to progress to the next round.

The result also meant the Trotters – beaten eight times at home this season – have now won three games in a row at their own ground in all competitions.

Bolton boss Owen Coyle, unable to call upon new centre-half Tim Ream, made three changes to his starting line-up from the 3-1 Barclays Premier League victory over Liverpool, bringing Dedryck Boyata and Joe Riley in at the back for Zat Knight and Gretar Steinsson, while in midfield, Pratley replaced Fabrice Muamba.

For the visitors, on-loan midfielder Josh McEachran was handed his first start since arriving from Chelsea as Swans manager Brendan Rodgers completely reshuffled his pack from the 2-0 loss at Sunderland by making 10 adjustments, defender Ashley Williams the only player keeping his place in the team.

Bolton made the first attempt on goal in the sixth minute, Sam Ricketts – another ex-Swansea man – rising in the box to get his head to Eagles' free-kick and Tremmel diving to make the save.

Moments later Eagles turned in the box but made poor contact to scuff his shot well wide, and then saw another effort deflect off target.

In the 19th minute David Ngog found himself one on one with Tremmel but was denied by the feet of the German goalkeeper.

Up for the Cup: Eagles slots the ball home to take Bolton into the fifth round

Up for the Cup: Eagles slots the ball home to take Bolton into the fifth round

Ngog then tried to line up a volley only to fluff his lines, but Davies showed more potency soon after, cutting inside and firing in a low drive that Tremmel managed to get behind.

The hosts continued to press forward, but conviction was lacking in their finishing once again as Eagles lofted the ball over and Petrov saw a strike saved.

After Mark Gower skied a rare attempt at the other end, Swansea thought they had taken the lead against the run of play when Wayne Routledge tapped in Leroy Lita's cross.

Bright start: Luke Moore had put Swansea in front but Bolton hit back

Bright start: Luke Moore had put Swansea in front but Bolton hit back

The assistant referee ruled that effort was offside, but then with two minutes of the half remaining, the Swans did find themselves in front as Moore outmuscled David Wheater to clip the ball over Adam Bogdan and into the net.

Bolton managed to hit back before the interval, though, Pratley nodding in Petrov's free-kick to make it 1-1.

It was Pratley's first goal for Wanderers, the last time he netted coming in Swansea's npower Championship play-off semi-final against Nottingham Forest in May.

Level pegging: Darren Pratley (left) equalised for Bolton

Level pegging: Darren Pratley (left) equalised for Bolton

Seven minutes after the restart Moore collected a pass from McEachran and tried his luck from distance, curling the ball wide.

Swansea were looking more purposeful and Moore almost burst through again, but in the 56th minute Bolton restored their advantage as Tremmel parried Petrov's shot, allowing Eagles to tuck the ball into the corner.

Within seconds, Wanderers survived a scare when Lita hit the woodwork, only for Pratley to then send a header against the Swans' crossbar.

Give us a hug: Pratley celebrates with Mark Davies after scoring his goal

Give us a hug: Pratley celebrates with Mark Davies after scoring his goal

Another chance came Pratley's way as a miscued backpass let him in, but he was unable to get his shot the right side of the post.

Kemy Agustien drove forward for Swansea but could not get his shot on target.

Bolton were soon back on the offensive and either side of a Williams header, Riley and Nigel Reo-Coker fired into the side-netting.

Swans substitute Danny Graham almost salvaged a replay late on, but his header came back off the post and Wanderers' place in round five was confirmed.

Taking a tumble: Sam Ricketts (left) challenges Swansea City's Nathan Dyer

Taking a tumble: Sam Ricketts (left) challenges Swansea City's Nathan Dyer