A First Day Hammering Should Hold No Fear for QPR and Swansea City

QPR and Swansea City fans - your teams may have been smashed on the Premiership's opening weekend, but there is no reason to fear the season ahead. History tells us that opening day fixtures are no indication of how a side will perform over 38 games. Here are five recent examples of why all is not lost just yet...

2010: Wigan Athletic 0-4 Blackpool

Wigan players described this performance as a horror show and admitted underestimating the Tangerines. The result ended up meaning nothing as Wigan stayed up by the skin of their teeth and Blackpool were sent plummeting through the trap door back to the Championship.

2010: Chelsea 6-0 West Brom

This was hailed as a homecoming for West Brom manager Roberto Di Matteo, who now finds himself as Chelsea assistant manager. Over the course of the season West Brom showed themselves to be more than capable, doing the double over Arsenal, and when Di Matteo left in January he was replaced by the more than capable Roy Hodgson. Chelsea failed to capitalise on early season promise shown by this result, and faded badly.

2009: Norwich City 1-7 Colchester

If there is one lesson to be learned from this opening day hammering, it is to steal the opponents manager. Two games later Colchester boss Paul Lambert took the reins at Carrow Road, and two successive promotions and two seasons later they are battling it out in the Premiership.

2007: Bolton 0-3 Newcastle

Big Sam's first game as Newcastle manager saw him pitched straight in against former club Bolton. His new side cruised to victory with pundits predicting big things for the season ahead. Months later he was sacked and is now managing in the Championship, while Bolton are an established top-half Premiership club under Owen Coyle.

1995: Aston Villa 3-1 Manchester United

"You can't win anything with kids." Those are infamous words uttered after this defeat which will haunt Alan Hansen forever. These weren't any kids mind, David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt, all helped United surge to a Premiership title and FA cup double that same year, with the same players going on to win the Champions League years later and perform for England at World Cups. For United, the reason for this defeat was simpler, it was the first time they wore their 'invisible' grey kit.

QPR and Swansea fans are you still confident? Do you have what it takes to stay up? Leave your comments below.

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