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30 August 2014
• Loftus Road Stadium, London
Referee: R. Madley
• Attendance: 17930
Queens Park Rangers
C. Austin 45'+
Full time at Loftus Road! QPR's first goal of the season also seals their first three points of the season as Charlie Austin's solitary strike earns the 1-0 win. It was a relatively even affair for most of the match but a predatory finish from the former Burnley striker proved to be the difference. Harry Redknapp's men lift themselves off the foot of the table and Sunderland, meanwhile, are still to win this season. I'm Martin Macdonald, thanks for joining us, see you next time!
90' + 2'
Yellow Card Emanuele Giaccherini
90' + 2'
Four minutes of added time here. QPR are on course to claim their first point of the season! Still time for Sunderland to spoil the party though!
Redknapp is looking to waste some time with a change here as Fer is withdrawn for the returning Taarabt. From the San Siro back to Loftus Road for the former Tottenham midfielder. He's got some defending to do here!
WHAT A SAAAAAAAAAVE BY GREEN!! The ball breaks kindly to Giaccherini and the Italian smashes a strike through the crowd. It looked destined to nestle into the net but but the former England No.1 somehow beats the strike away despite being unsighted!
The visitors have the opportunity to get a decent delivery into the box with a corner kick, but Johnson's set piece is terribly shallow and easily cleared away at the front post. Not exactly what you want with five or so minutes to go!
Really important block by Hill! Johnson makes a late run to the back post and hits the byline before reversing a pass into the danger area. It's begging to be smashed home by someone in a Sunderland shirt but the QPR defender recovers superbly to clear over his own bar!
Sunderland are going for this here as they bring on a striker for a defender. Jozy Altidore comes on up top as he replaces Vergini. The American will certainly add a physical presence up top for the visitors!
Wickham leaves Ferdinand for dead with a bursting run down the wing before cutting inside the box and getting the shot away. Caulker covers for his defensive team-mate with an important block though. Rio looked like he was towing a caravan there!
Just over 10 minutes remaining now and it's getting pretty tense among the QPR ranks now. Even since half time they have shown some slight negativity going forward as they look to protect their lead. Expect a lot of Sunderland possession in midfield in the latter stages!
We've got a small break in play at the moment as Caulker is currently down after suffering from a bit of cramp. All four central defenders have been pretty impressive and put in a shift today, so it's no surprise the former Cardiff man needs a couple of moments rest.
Buckley makes his first real contribution since coming on as he looks to take on Isla at right back with a bursting run into the box. It looks like the substitute was brought down a yard outside the area but the ref waves play on! That looked a foul!
Fer, who has been impressive today, slides the ball with precision to Hoilett, who looks to find a yard or two of space on the edge of the box in order to get a shot away. The Sunderland defence once again manages to nip the threat in the bud with a block outside the box.
Fer looks for that incisive pass through the middle as he fizzes a pass into the feet of Zamora and looks to push forward for the one-two, but some solid defending from Brown sees Sunderland reclaim possession deep inside their own half.
Gus Poyet follows suit and makes a couple of changes. Emanuele Giaccherini and Will Buckley are introduced in place of Rodwell and Fletcher.
Harry Redknapp is the first manager to make a change as he introduces Bobby Zamora in place of goalscorer, Austin, who was struggling with a slight injury before being passed fit today. Zamora, who scored the goal to seal promotion for QPR, is given a warm welcome by the Loftus Road faithful.
Isla steals possession deep in his own half before driving forward down the right-hand side at pace. He slides a pass into the path of Austin but the striker is ushered out of the box by Brown, and any pace that featured in the QPR attack is minimised.
We get our first real glimpse of Matt Phillips today as the former Blackpool winger makes some space on the edge of the box for himself before hitting a speculative effort towards goal. Mannone gets down to make the comfortable save.
Cattermole and Rodwell are controlling the midfield at the moment as QPR retreat further and further back in their attempts to solidify their defence. The hosts have got speed in the counterattack though, so Sunderland must be wary as they press forward.
Poyet's men have had the better of the second half here as we approach the 15 minute mark since the break. The Black Cats have enjoyed some decent periods of possession and have tested Green once, but they just need generate some more incisive passes through the middle or crosses into the box. Caulker and Ferdinand looking relatively comfortable.
Johnson goes on a run down the right wing and typically cuts inside on his stronger left foot. He initially looks for the pass but, upon seeing a lack of options, has a crack from 25 yards out. Barton makes the block just in front of his defence though.
Yellow Card Jordon Mutch
Mutch is the latest player to go into the book here and it is a deserved one as he leaves the boot in on Cattermole as the Sunderland man receives a pass out from the keeper. A daft yellow to get, really. Cattermole the innocent party on this occasion.
Saaaaaaaaaave by Green! Sunderland move the play forward down the left-hand side and a rather aimless cross to the far post fortuitously finds Vergini, who catches a sweet strike towards the bottom corner just outside the box. The QPR keeper has his wits about him though, and pounces on the strike on his line.
Van Aanholt is currently down receiving treatment after going down nastily after an aerial collision with Fer down the right-hand wing. It looks like the defender will be okay, but he did land with a particularly hard slam on the turf.
This time the former Blackburn winger displays the other side of his game as he retreats to down the flank to match the run of Johnson, before intercepting a cross to the back post. Really good work from the QPR man.
Hoilett receives the ball to feet from Barton and looks to shift the ball past Vergini, but the Sunderland full back displays some strength to usher out for a goal kick to the visitors. The Canadian winger has looked bright today, but just needs to improve his end product.
We are back under way at Loftus Road!
Half time at Loftus Road. A relatively even affair has seen QPR and Sunderland exchange chances as well as a few strong tackles. The all important opening came a minute before the break when Austin lashed home to give Harry Redknapp's men their first goal of the season, but with 45 minutes still left to play, the Black Cats will still fancy their chances of getting something out of this.
45' + 2'
Assist Leroy Fer
45' + 2'
Goal Charlie Austin
GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLL FOR QPR!! THE HOSTS TAKE THE LEAD! The corner is floated to the back post and then nodded back into the danger area by Fer. Who else but Charlie Austin is on hand to smash a left-footed strike into the roof of the net! One-nil to QPR, and they get their first goal of the season
Fer looks to have another crack from distance but his attempts bounces off the shin of the Sunderland defender and goes out for a corner kick. Great opportunity for QPR to gain a lead before half time here!
Superb goalkeeping by Mannone! Austin leaves O'Shea for dead on the edge of the box and goes one-on-one with the Sunderland keeper, who's clearly on his toes as he bursts off his line to make a great save at the feet of the former Burnley striker! QPR almost get a massive opening!
An even match so far, but what a time it would be to open the deadlock for either just now, just before half time. Can anyone send their side into the break with a narrow lead?
Cattermole is a lucky, lucky man here! After having just been booked, he rakes his studs straight down the back of Fer's leg. He just doesn't seem to learn does he?! The ref lets him off this time, but he won't be cut as much slack the next time!
Yellow Card Lee Cattermole
No surprises for guessing who the first player to be booked is. Lee Cattermole is first to be shown a yellow for a cynical foul on Mutch inside the Sunderland half. He'll be walking on egg shells for the rest of the match today.
Wickhaaaaaaaam! Unlucky! The striker loses the marking of Caulker and picks up the ball on the edge of the box before lashing a strike towards goal. On this occasion though the attempt goes a yard or two wide. Decent attempt.
Rodwell initially does really well to shake off the attentions of Barton to dart forward down the left channel, but, with several team-mates inside the box, breaks down the move with a slack pass to Johnson that goes straight out of the park. A waste from the former Man City man.
FER!!!! WHAT A STRIKE THAT WAS! The Dutch international collects the ball 30 yards out and cleverly jinks the ball on to his right foot before driving a strike towards the top corner! The luck is with Sunderland on this occasion as the attempt cannons off the bar!
No card for Wickham. Probably the correct decision there!
The QPR fans are demanding a card be shown to Wickham here as the Englishman goes in rather strongly with the studs up on Isla. However, it did look like he got the ball. It will be interesting to see what the ref makes of this one!
Van Aanholt strides up the left wing but, without any options in the middle, is forced into playing a blind pass up the wing for Fletcher. It is food and drink for Ferdinand, who dominantly heads the ball back where it came from. It'll be an interesting duel between those two today!
Sunderland look to counterattack at pace through the middle as Larsson opens his stride in the centre circle. The Black Cats fail to make the most of their man advantage going forward though and Caulker eventually puts the ball out for a corner kick.
The former Manchester United defender comes back into the action with a fetching fresh bandage wrapped around his head.
Previously in the match Brown had to be patched up after a nasty bump on the head and it looks like he's gone off again to get yet more treatment . The physios are just re-applying the necessary bandages so it is safe for the defender to continue. The visitors down the 10 men for the moment, though.
Cattermole gets the opportunity to get the ball into the box with a deep free kick inside his own half. The midfielder clips the set piece to the back post and Brown peels away as he looks to get the ball back into the danger area, but there isn't enough purchase on the header and QPR get the goal kick.
Barton and Mutch look to put some pressure on the Sunderland midfielders as they relentlessly press the ball in central areas, but Johnson remains cool in possession despite the attentions of opponents to drill a lovely pass out to the left wing for van Aanholt.
Fletcher drifts out from his centre forward position and looks to burst in behind and latch on to a pass inside the box, but Hill follows the run well and covers his team-mates to clear the ball into the stand.
Really decent start to proceedings here at Loftus Road! Both sides each with an excellent opportunity to take the lead through Austin and Fletcher, but we remain goalless 14 minutes in!
Hoilett receives the ball in the inside left channel and takes on Vergini before hitting the byline and smashing a cross into the danger area. Brown is positioned well enough at the front post to turn the ball away, though.
Fantastic save by Green! Johnson collects the ball 30 yards out and jinks past the defender before threading a lovely pass into the box for Fletcher, who just looks to squeeze a left-footed strike into the bottom corner, but the QPR keeper somehow stretches out a fingertip to turn the shot away!
Brown fizzes a pass to the feet of Fletcher who's first touch just lets him down slightly as he looks to hold the ball up for Sunderland. Ferdinand patrols the area well and reclaims possession before sliding it back to Green.
Good defending from Hill. Johnson goes on a typically twisting run down the right wing and looks to cut inside on his left foot, but the QPR defender doesn't fall for it and solidly wins the ball back before passing inside to Barton.
Cleared off the line!! Austin rises high inside the box and bullets a header towards goal after a corner kick. Luckily for Sunderland, Wickham is perfectly positioned on the line to stop the goal!
Van Aanholt!!! Almost an early breakthrough for the visitors as the left-back goes on a marauding run down the flank before drifting into the box and lashing a strike at goal. It slams into the side-netting though!
We are under way! It's QPR versus Sunderland from the Barclays Premier League!
The teams have taken to the field at Loftus Road and we are just a few moments from kick off!
The last time QPR faced Sunderland in the Premier League, the Rs ran out 3-1 winners at Loftus Road, with Jermaine Jenas, Remy, and Andros Townsend all on the scoresheet. They could certainly do with a similar result today in order to lift themselves off the foot of the table!
So no recent signings make their debut for either side today. Interestingly, no place even in the squad for Vargas or Loic Remy for QPR. Adel Taarabt does find himself on the bench, though.
Sunderland (4-4-2) Mannone; Vergini, Brown, O'Shea, van Aanholt; Larsson, Cattermole, Rodwell, Johnson; Wickham, Fletcher.
QPR (4-3-3): Green; Isla, Ferdinand, Caulker, Hill; Fer, Barton, Mutch; Phillips, Austin, Hoilett.
QPR have been rocked by the news this week that midfielder Alejandro Faurlin is set to miss most, if not the whole, of the season after picking up his third cruciate ligament injury in as many seasons. However, there has been some positive news in that they have acquired Chilean World Cup star Eduardo Vargas, who could make his debut today.
Conversely, Sunderland have enjoyed a solid beginning to the season. Gus Poyet's men opened their campaign with a 2-2 away to West Brom before earning an admirable point against Manchester United in a 1-1 stalemate at the Stadium of Light last week.
The early campaign misery was compounded for Harry Redknapp's outfit on Wednesday evening when they were dumped out of the Capital One Cup by League Two side Burton Albion.
QPR have endured a pretty torrid start to the season since being promoted from the Championship, and have failed to register a point, or even a goal, in their opening two matches against Hull and Tottenham, which they lost 1-0 and 4-0.
I'm Martin Macdonald, and I'll be taking you through the action!
Good afternoon folks! Welcome to LIVE coverage of the Barclays Premier League clash between Queens Park Rangers and Sunderland from Loftus Road!
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