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Barclays Premier League

Saturday, 30 August 2014,

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  • Kickoff: 15:00 BST
  • Stadium: Loftus Road
  • Referee: -
  • Stadium: Loftus Road
  • Attendance: 17,930
  • 46' Charlie Austin

    Queens Park Rangers

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    Redknapp defends player criticism

    Harry Redknapp has defended his criticism of a number of his players following QPR's midweek cup exit at the hands of Burton as the manager prepares to extend his stay at Loftus Road.

    Having made nine changes for the Capital One Cup second round tie against the Sky Bet League Two outfit, Redknapp saw his side slip to a third straight defeat of the season following Barclays Premier League losses to Hull and Tottenham.

    The game at the Pirelli Stadium would have been seen as an ideal opportunity for the likes of Clint Hill, Karl Henry and Shaun Wright-Phillips to stake a claim for a place in Redknapp's side to face Sunderland on Saturday.

    But, after Adam McGurk's free-kick settled the tie in Burton's favour on Wednesday night, Redknapp was bullish about those individuals who had come into the team.

    ''It was a poor performance," he said after the game.

    "We gave the lads who haven't been playing an opportunity to show what they can do and they showed me what they can do - and it wasn't an awful lot."

    With no points yet on the board and a squad that is not the highest in terms of numbers, questioning the performances of his players could be seen as a brave tactic from Redknapp.

    However, he insists there is no point dancing around the subject.

    "I don't know if I was that critical," he said.

    "What are you supposed to say? Are you supposed to come and say 'we played very well, it was a good performance and we tried hard'? We were poor, you can't keep bigging people up all the time - players or people.

    "People are not idiots, they stand and watch it and they'd say 'what is he talking about, how can he say that was good?'. I hear managers come on and skirt around the issue all the time. You saw what you saw, we played bad.

    "Seven lads had an opportunity to cement their chance to get back into the team and they didn't take it - that is how it was."

    The transfer deadline closes on Monday and it is in midfield where QPR will now have to look to strengthen as, despite the additions of Leroy Fer and Jordon Mutch, they have lost Alejandro Faurlin for a number of months due to a serious knee injury sustained at Burton.

    Meanwhile, Gus Poyet has admitted Sunderland cannot afford to miss out on their remaining transfer targets if they are to prosper this season.

    The Black Cats still have a series of major gaps to plug with sporting director Lee Congerton attempting to give head coach Poyet the tools to implement his plans.

    The 46-year-old Uruguayan has grown increasingly exasperated at news of his interest in certain players leaking out and alerting competitors that deals can be struck, and is attempting to draw a veil of secrecy over the club's remaining plans.

    However, he is adamant they must be successful before Monday night's deadline if they are to avoid another testing Barclays Premier League campaign.

    Poyet said: "The problem is here, we have to [sign more players]. It's not that we are okay and these two are extra quality or extra strength. No, no. It's two or whatever players that we bring who are in the system of my squad.

    "We are trying to get specific players, not anyone, and that's why it's been a little bit more difficult.

    "It's clear for the recruitment system what I want. I think the problem is there is not that quantity. It's not anyone for whatever reason, it's a certain kind of player.

    "You can use the word 'happy', but it's not good enough if we don't because we have a small squad and we need those players."

    Sunderland's summer-long pursuit of Liverpool's Fabio Borini is ongoing, but the club has had to draw up contingency plans and have been linked with Lille's Salomon Kalou and Inter Milan wide-man Ricky Alvarez, as well as Belgium international defender Toby Alderweireld, in the last week.

    However, Poyet was giving nothing away.

    He said: "You do all your work, you get in contact with the club, you get in contact with the player, you research if he has the right mentality, if he has any problems, everything that's important for you.

    "Then the name comes out in the Press, another club gets involved, another one offers more money, another one, another one and at the end of the day, he is not coming, so I am sorry, but no names.

    "It's been a very difficult summer. There were moments when we were very, very close to getting deals done and at the last minutes for different reasons, they didn't happen, which changes a little bit your ideas about the squad."

    91'+4

    Second Half ends, Queens Park Rangers 1, Sunderland 0.

    91'+3

    Connor Wickham (Sunderland) Corner Kick at 94'

    91'+2

    Attempt blocked. Adel Taarabt (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Bobby Zamora.

    91'+2

    Bobby Zamora (Queens Park Rangers) Assists Shot at 93'

    91'+2

    Robert Green (Queens Park Rangers) Free Kick at 93'

    91'+1

    Emanuele Giaccherini

    91'+1

    Patrick Van Aanholt (Sunderland) Throw In at 92'

    91'+1

    Mauricio Isla (Queens Park Rangers) Throw In at 91'

    90'

    Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) Throw In at 90'

    90'

    Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Adel Taarabt replaces Leroy Fer.

    90'

    Clint Hill (Queens Park Rangers) Throw In at 89'

    89'

    Adam Johnson (Sunderland) Blocked Pass at 89'

    89'

    Attempt saved. Emanuele Giaccherini (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

    89'

    Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Armand Traore.

    88'

    Adam Johnson (Sunderland) Throw In at 88'

    88'

    Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) Throw In at 88'

    88'

    Attempt blocked. Jozy Altidore (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Emanuele Giaccherini.

    88'

    Emanuele Giaccherini (Sunderland) Assists Shot at 88'

    87'

    Leroy Fer (Queens Park Rangers) Blocked Pass at 87'

    87'

    Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Matthew Phillips.

    87'

    Patrick Van Aanholt (Sunderland) Corner Kick at 87'

    87'

    Attempt blocked. Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jozy Altidore.

    87'

    Jozy Altidore (Sunderland) Assists Shot at 86'

    86'

    Attempt missed. Armand Traore (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Bobby Zamora.

    86'

    Bobby Zamora (Queens Park Rangers) Assists Shot at 86'

    84'

    Attempt missed. Lee Cattermole (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner.

    83'

    Adam Johnson (Sunderland) Corner Kick at 83'

    83'

    Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Armand Traore replaces Junior Hoilett.

    82'

    Patrick Van Aanholt (Sunderland) Throw In at 82'

    82'

    Substitution, Sunderland. Jozy Altidore replaces Santiago Vergini.

    81'

    Attempt blocked. Connor Wickham (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Johnson.

    81'

    Adam Johnson (Sunderland) Assists Shot at 81'

    81'

    Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) Free Kick at 81'

    80'

    Foul by Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers).

    80'

    Patrick Van Aanholt (Sunderland) Throw In at 80'

    78'

    Attempt saved. Emanuele Giaccherini (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

    77'

    John O'Shea (Sunderland) Free Kick at 77'

    76'

    Foul by Clint Hill (Queens Park Rangers).

    74'

    Attempt missed. Jordon Mutch (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Mauricio Isla.

    74'

    Mauricio Isla (Queens Park Rangers) Assists Shot at 74'

    74'

    Connor Wickham (Sunderland) Blocked Pass at 74'

    72'

    Robert Green (Queens Park Rangers) Free Kick at 72'

    72'

    Rio Ferdinand (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

    71'

    Rio Ferdinand (Queens Park Rangers) Free Kick at 71'

    71'

    Leroy Fer (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

    70'

    Attempt missed. Junior Hoilett (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Bobby Zamora.

    70'

    Bobby Zamora (Queens Park Rangers) Assists Shot at 70'

    70'

    Robert Green (Queens Park Rangers) Free Kick at 70'

    69'

    Substitution, Sunderland. William Buckley replaces Steven Fletcher.

    69'

    Substitution, Sunderland. Emanuele Giaccherini replaces Jack Rodwell.

    69'

    Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Bobby Zamora replaces Charlie Austin.

    68'

    Steven Caulker (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

    68'

    Patrick Van Aanholt (Sunderland) Throw In at 68'

    67'

    Connor Wickham (Sunderland) Throw In at 67'

    66'

    Jordon Mutch (Queens Park Rangers) Blocked Pass at 66'

    65'

    Santiago Vergini (Sunderland) Throw In at 65'

    65'

    Attempt saved. Matthew Phillips (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Leroy Fer.

    65'

    Leroy Fer (Queens Park Rangers) Assists Shot at 65'

    63'

    Mauricio Isla (Queens Park Rangers) Throw In at 63'

    62'

    Mauricio Isla (Queens Park Rangers) Throw In at 62'

    61'

    Robert Green (Queens Park Rangers) Free Kick at 61'

    60'

    Leroy Fer (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

    60'

    Patrick Van Aanholt (Sunderland) Throw In at 60'

    59'

    Attempt blocked. Adam Johnson (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by John O'Shea.

    59'

    John O'Shea (Sunderland) Assists Shot at 59'

    59'

    Attempt saved. Junior Hoilett (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Leroy Fer.

    59'

    Leroy Fer (Queens Park Rangers) Assists Shot at 59'

    58'

    Attempt saved. Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Adam Johnson with a cross.

    58'

    Adam Johnson (Sunderland) Assists Shot at 58'

    57'

    John O'Shea (Sunderland) Free Kick at 57'

    57'

    Jordon Mutch

    56'

    Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

    55'

    Patrick Van Aanholt (Sunderland) Blocked Pass at 55'

    54'

    Attempt saved. Santiago Vergini (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

    53'

    Matthew Phillips (Queens Park Rangers) Blocked Pass at 53'

    52'

    Attempt saved. Jack Rodwell (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sebastian Larsson.

    52'

    Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) Assists Shot at 52'

    52'

    Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) Blocked Pass at 52'

    50'

    Attempt missed. Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jordon Mutch.

    50'

    Jordon Mutch (Queens Park Rangers) Assists Shot at 50'

    48'

    Clint Hill (Queens Park Rangers) Throw In at 48'

    46'

    Patrick Van Aanholt (Sunderland) Throw In at 46'

    46'

    Second Half begins Queens Park Rangers 1, Sunderland 0.

    46'+2

    First Half ends, Queens Park Rangers 1, Sunderland 0.

    46'+1

    1 - 0

    Goal! Queens Park Rangers 1, Sunderland 0. Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Leroy Fer with a headed pass following a corner.

    46'+1

    Leroy Fer (Queens Park Rangers) Assists Shot at 47'

    46'

    Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Connor Wickham.

    46'

    Jordon Mutch (Queens Park Rangers) Corner Kick at 46'

    46'

    Santiago Vergini (Sunderland) Throw In at 46'

    45'

    Mauricio Isla (Queens Park Rangers) Throw In at 45'

    45'

    Patrick Van Aanholt (Sunderland) Throw In at 45'

    45'

    Patrick Van Aanholt (Sunderland) Throw In at 45'

    43'

    Attempt blocked. Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

    43'

    Lee Cattermole (Sunderland) Blocked Pass at 43'

    42'

    Attempt missed. Steven Caulker (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Clint Hill with a cross.

    42'

    Clint Hill (Queens Park Rangers) Assists Shot at 42'

    42'

    David Hoilett (Queens Park Rangers) Throw In at 42'

    42'

    Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Lee Cattermole.

    42'

    Mauricio Isla (Queens Park Rangers) Corner Kick at 42'

    42'

    Attempt blocked. Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Matthew Phillips.

    42'

    Leroy Fer (Queens Park Rangers) Assists Shot at 41'

    41'

    Attempt blocked. Matthew Phillips (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Leroy Fer.

    41'

    Leroy Fer (Queens Park Rangers) Assists Shot at 41'

    41'

    Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) Free Kick at 41'

    41'

    Foul by Jordon Mutch (Queens Park Rangers).

    40'

    Patrick Van Aanholt (Sunderland) Throw In at 40'

    40'

    Matthew Phillips (Queens Park Rangers) Blocked Pass at 40'

    40'

    Attempt saved. Junior Hoilett (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Clint Hill.

    40'

    Clint Hill (Queens Park Rangers) Assists Shot at 40'

    39'

    Rio Ferdinand (Queens Park Rangers) Free Kick at 39'

    38'

    Leroy Fer (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

    38'

    Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers) Free Kick at 38'

    37'

    Lee Cattermole

    37'

    Jordon Mutch (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

    36'

    Mauricio Isla (Queens Park Rangers) Throw In at 36'

    35'

    Attempt missed. Connor Wickham (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Patrick van Aanholt.

    35'

    Patrick Van Aanholt (Sunderland) Assists Shot at 35'

    35'

    Santiago Vergini (Sunderland) Throw In at 35'

    34'

    Mauricio Isla (Queens Park Rangers) Throw In at 34'

    34'

    Lee Cattermole (Sunderland) Free Kick at 34'

    33'

    Jack Rodwell (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

    33'

    Santiago Vergini (Sunderland) Blocked Pass at 33'

    33'

    Clint Hill (Queens Park Rangers) Throw In at 33'

    32'

    Attempt missed. Matthew Phillips (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Steven Caulker.

    32'

    Steven Caulker (Queens Park Rangers) Assists Shot at 32'

    31'

    Connor Wickham (Sunderland) Blocked Pass at 31'

    31'

    Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) Blocked Pass at 31'

    31'

    Mauricio Isla (Queens Park Rangers) Throw In at 31'

    30'

    Leroy Fer (Queens Park Rangers) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Joey Barton.

    30'

    Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers) Assists Shot at 30'

    30'

    David Hoilett (Queens Park Rangers) Throw In at 30'

    30'

    Attempt blocked. Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Junior Hoilett.

    30'

    David Hoilett (Queens Park Rangers) Assists Shot at 30'

    30'

    Lee Cattermole (Sunderland) Blocked Pass at 30'

    30'

    Steven Caulker (Queens Park Rangers) Free Kick at 30'

    28'

    Mauricio Isla (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

    28'

    Patrick Van Aanholt (Sunderland) Throw In at 28'

    27'

    Clint Hill (Queens Park Rangers) Throw In at 27'

    26'

    Santiago Vergini (Sunderland) Throw In at 26'

    26'

    Clint Hill (Queens Park Rangers) Throw In at 26'

    25'

    Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) Corner Kick at 25'

    25'

    Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Steven Caulker.

    24'

    Mauricio Isla (Queens Park Rangers) Throw In at 24'

    22'

    Attempt missed. Jack Rodwell (Sunderland) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Adam Johnson with a cross following a corner.

    22'

    Adam Johnson (Sunderland) Assists Shot at 22'

    21'

    Wes Brown (Sunderland) Corner Kick at 21'

    21'

    Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) Free Kick at 21'

    21'

    Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

    20'

    Mauricio Isla (Queens Park Rangers) Throw In at 20'

    18'

    Attempt missed. Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Adam Johnson with a through ball.

    18'

    Adam Johnson (Sunderland) Assists Shot at 18'

    18'

    Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers) Blocked Pass at 18'

    18'

    Santiago Vergini (Sunderland) Throw In at 18'

    17'

    Matthew Phillips (Queens Park Rangers) Blocked Pass at 17'

    16'

    Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Santiago Vergini.

    16'

    Matthew Phillips (Queens Park Rangers) Corner Kick at 16'

    15'

    Santiago Vergini (Sunderland) Throw In at 15'

    14'

    Mauricio Isla (Queens Park Rangers) Throw In at 14'

    13'

    Patrick Van Aanholt (Sunderland) Throw In at 13'

    13'

    Matthew Phillips (Queens Park Rangers) Blocked Pass at 13'

    12'

    Connor Wickham (Sunderland) Blocked Pass at 12'

    12'

    Leroy Fer (Queens Park Rangers) Free Kick at 12'

    12'

    Jordon Mutch (Queens Park Rangers) Free Kick at 12'

    12'

    Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

    12'

    Jack Rodwell (Sunderland) Blocked Pass at 12'

    12'

    Patrick Van Aanholt (Sunderland) Throw In at 12'

    11'

    Attempt saved. Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Adam Johnson with a through ball.

    11'

    Adam Johnson (Sunderland) Assists Shot at 11'

    10'

    Mauricio Isla (Queens Park Rangers) Throw In at 10'

    10'

    Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) Free Kick at 10'

    9'

    Lee Cattermole (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

    9'

    Attempt blocked. Jordon Mutch (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

    9'

    Clint Hill (Queens Park Rangers) Throw In at 9'

    8'

    Patrick Van Aanholt (Sunderland) Throw In at 8'

    8'

    Attempt blocked. Connor Wickham (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Patrick van Aanholt.

    8'

    Patrick Van Aanholt (Sunderland) Assists Shot at 8'

    7'

    John O'Shea (Sunderland) Free Kick at 7'

    7'

    Foul by Clint Hill (Queens Park Rangers).

    5'

    Steven Caulker (Queens Park Rangers) Blocked Pass at 5'

    3'

    Attempt blocked. Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Joey Barton with a cross.

    3'

    Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers) Assists Shot at 3'

    3'

    Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Wes Brown.

    1'

    Attempt missed. Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Connor Wickham.

    1'

    Connor Wickham (Sunderland) Assists Shot at 1'

    1'

    First Half begins.

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    Possession

    39%
    61%
    • Queens Park Rangers
    • Sunderland

    Shots

    18
    16

    Shots on target

    5
    6

    Fouls

    8
    9

    Corners

    4
    6

    Yellow Cards

    1
    2

    Red Cards

    0
    0

    QPR

    QPR1 - 0Sunderland
    Burton A1 - 0QPR
    Tottenham4 - 0QPR
    QPR0 - 1Hull
    Derby0 - 1QPR
    QPR2 - 1Wigan

    Sunderland

    QPR1 - 0Sunderland
    Birmingham0 - 3Sunderland
    Sunderland1 - 1Man United
    West Brom2 - 2Sunderland
    Sunderland1 - 3Swansea
    Sunderland2 - 0West Brom

    Head to Head

    QPR1 - 0Sunderland
    QPR3 - 1Sunderland
    Sunderland0 - 0QPR
    Sunderland3 - 1QPR
    QPR2 - 3Sunderland
    Sunderland2 - 1QPR

    QPR

    • 1Robert Green
    • 5Rio Ferdinand
    • 4Steven Caulker
    • 6Clint Hill
    • 14Mauricio Isla
    • 7Matthew Phillips
    • 23David Hoilett
    • -> Armand Traore
    • 9Charlie Austin
    • -> Bobby Zamora
    • 8Joey Barton
    • 10Leroy Fer
    • -> Adel Taarabt
    • 17Jordon Mutch
    • Subs
    • 15Nedum Onuoha
    • 22Richard Dunne
    • 20Karl Henry
    • 21Brian Murphy

    Sunderland

    • 25Vito Mannone
    • 27Santiago Vergini
    • -> Jozy Altidore
    • 16John O'Shea
    • 5Wes Brown
    • 3Patrick Van Aanholt
    • 7Sebastian Larsson
    • 8Jack Rodwell
    • -> Emanuele Giaccherini
    • 9Steven Fletcher
    • -> William Buckley
    • 10Connor Wickham
    • 6Lee Cattermole
    • 11Adam Johnson
    • Subs
    • 4Liam Bridcutt
    • 14Jordi G√≥mez
    • 2Billy Jones
    • 1Costel Pantilimon

    Austin fires QPR to first win

    Charlie Austin eased QPR into life without Loic Remy by ending the Loftus Road club's new-season goal drought in a 1-0 Premier League victory over Sunderland.

    The former Burnley striker bagged his first Premier League goal to end Rangers' 315-minute scoring drought in their fourth clash of the new campaign.

    Harry Redknapp's men were desperate for both goals and points after successive defeats to Hull, Tottenham and Burton, and had Austin to thank for a thumping first-half finish.

    Chelsea triggered Remy's release clause, with the France striker withdrawn from action in QPR's home league clash.

    The 27-year-old failed a medical at Liverpool at the start of the summer, but is now set to complete his Stamford Bridge move to replace AC Milan-bound Fernando Torres.

    Rangers will chase a new striker before the 11pm transfer deadline on Monday night, with Ajax's Kolbeinn Sigthorsson heavily touted as heading to west London.

    Redknapp had started Rangers' Premier League return favouring the 3-5-2 formation, but abandoned wing backs in favour of 4-3-3 for the visit of Gus Poyet's Black Cats.

    Sunderland started far the stronger but ultimately paid the price for failing to convert that dominance.

    Adam Johnson slid in perfect through-balls for Steven Fletcher and Patrick van Aanholt, but neither man could convert - and that after left-back Van Aanholt had prodded wide to boot.

    Summer recruit Leroy Fer struck a 25-yard thunderbolt against the crossbar with Vito Mannone motionless between the sticks as QPR started to settle.

    Lee Cattermole was fortunate to escape a red card after grabbing and kicking at Fer, just minutes after being booked.

    Junior Hoilett shot straight at Mannone as the half-hour came and went, but then QPR took control.

    Wes Brown pulled off a perfectly-timed tackle to deny Austin who was bearing down on goal, and then Mannone had to shut down the former Burnley striker in a one-on-one.

    Mannone raced off his line to deny Matt Phillips as QPR scented their first goal of the new campaign in their fourth outing.

    And just when the home fans expected another blank half, Austin delivered, firing high into the net from a well-worked corner.

    Sunderland were still chasing their first league win of the campaign after two draws, but could at least draw on a morale-boosting 3-0 Capital One Cup midweek victory at Birmingham.

    Poyet's side were visibly deflated by conceding just ahead of half-time, and struggled to generate any tempo after the turnaround.

    Rodwell and Fletcher had half-hearted efforts easily dealt with, before Green turned a neat right-foot flick from Santiago Vergini round the post.

    Matt Phillips and Junior Hoilett wasted promising openings, before Bobby Zamora replaced goal-scorer Austin for QPR.

    Mannone produced another fine save off his line to deny Jordon Mutch, but neither side were able to repeat the intensity of the first-half.

    Clint Hill produced a fine sliding block to deny Connor Wickham after a dangerous low cross from Johnson.

    Armand Traore wasted a fine chance after a smart through-ball from Zamora to ease late Sunderland pressure.

    Green was then forced to pull out another fine save to deny Emanuele Giaccherini at the death.

    The replacement striker was then booked for diving, aiming to draw a free-kick straight in front of goal, capping a frustrating afternoon for the visitors.


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