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Queens Park Rangers
West Bromwich Albion
West Ham United
9 March 2013
• Loftus Road Stadium, London
Referee: M. Jones
• Attendance: 18169
Queens Park Rangers
L. Rémy 30'
A. Townsend 70'
J. Jenas 90'
S. Fletcher 20'
Jay Jaffa at Loftus Road: "It's the win the QPR faithful have been waiting for, only their second of the season at Loftus Road and their fourth overall in the Premier League. But Jermaine Jenas' sensational strike ensured the three points, back-to-back wins and a further improvement on their goal difference. There really is a belief that the Rs are going to pull away from the relegation zone and although they are still four points from safety, it looks like Harry Redknapp has them hitting form at the right time. For Sunderland, you can't say much more than abject. After a decent opening goal, they lacked quality and guile in the final third to go on and win the game. They are now winless in six and right back in trouble."
Harry Redknapp will be pleased with his side's display today, as QPR defended consistently against the threat posed by Sunderland's in-form playmaker Stephane Sessegnon but for the Black Cats' one clinical counter-attack that allowed their top-scorer Steven Fletcher to net his 11th league goal to open the scoring. The Hoops had enjoyed the better of the opening half up to that point with Junior Hoilett particularly impressive, and continued to create chances although they benefited from good fortune for Loic Remy's equaliser. The Black Cats were unable to find a way through Rangers' defence and two strikes of outstanding individual quality from Redknapp's two midfielders acquired from Spurs in Andros Townsend and Jermaine Jenas sealed victory for the West London side. QPR remain bottom of the table on goal difference but crucially keep pace with Aston Villa, winners today against Reading, who remain four points above QPR above the relegation zone in 17th place.
90' + 5'
The Black Cats win a late corner and although Green fumble the catch he reclaims the ball immediately before the referee blows the full-time whistle.
90' + 4'
M'Bia wins the ball in the middle of the park and looks for Mackie a through-ball but Sunderland intercept.
90' + 3'
Larsson curls a free kick into the box but his team are unable to capitalise on the delivery.
90' + 2'
Sessegnon crosses from the left flank into Fletcher at the back post, but Fabio does well to head clear.
90' + 1'
Jay Jaffa at Loftus Road: "It's another fantastic long-range strike as Jermaine Jenas seals victory for QPR wth a stunning volley from 25 yards. The two Spurs loanees have scored the goals to grab back-to-back Premier League vctories for the first time since 1995."
Jermaine Jenas nets a third to seal the win Wright-Phillips initially looked to keep the ball by the corner flag but saw the opportunity to beat his man and fire a low delivery across the six-yard box. Sunderland clear but the headed clearance drops into the path of Jenas who smashes a volley into the bottom right corner.
Hill coolly dispossesses Fletcher and finds Park who advances up the pitch and allows QPR's defence respite. Wright-Phillips wins a corner and the Hoops look set to see out the win.
Sessegnon nips in to take the ball of M'Bia outside the Hoops' penalty area but as the Black Cats look for an equaliser Larsson concedes a free kick and allows QPR to clear again.
Vaughan disappointingly fires the ball well wide from outside the box with a speculative shot, and Green clears his lines with a goal kick.
QPR win a corner and after rising to meet the delivery at the far post, Samba heads well over.
Bosingwa appeals for a free kick but the referee awards a corner after he is unsuccessful in attempting to dispossess his opponent. Hill heads clear and QPR look to counter through Mackie, but substitute David Vaughan puts the ball out for a throw-in.
Bosingwa aims for the top left corner with his free kick from the left flank and shoots narrowly wide.
Mackie wins a free kick from Bramble as he looks to turn past his marker on the edge of the box. Samba again advances up the pitch to await the delivery.
Striker Remy is taken off for midfielder Jermaine Jenas as Harry Redknapp looks to make his team more solid for the final few minutes.
Hoilett is taken off to bring fresh legs on in the form of fellow winger Shaun Wright-Phillips.
Jamie Mackie is introduced in place of the recently-returned Zamora and combines neatly with Park before attempting to round his marker and go through on goal, with Adam Johnson forced to cover.
Jay Jaffa at Loftus Road: "Andros Townsend provides QPR with the bit of quality they need to break down a stubborn Sunderland defence. A corner is eventually cleared to the edge of the box where Townsend waits, chests the ball up and volleys left-footed into the far corner. Cracking goal but more importantly, HUGE for QPR."
Yellow CardCraig Gardner
Townsend scores an outstanding goal! Sunderland clear their lines with a header away following QPR's aerial pressure but are slow to close down the winger. He waits for the ball to drop down and bounce before placing a curling volley with the outside of his left foot into the top left corner beyond the despairing Mignolet!
Substitute left-back Danny Rose gets beyond Bosingwa and delivers a good cross, which Hill heads behind for a corner. QPR are awarded a goal kick after clearing the corner and promptly kick the ball up the pitch, where Townsend wins a free kick.
Clint Hill lives up to his reputation as an uncompromising defender with a robust challenge on Sessegnon drawing the ire of Black Cats manager Martin O'Neill. He won the ball but the attacker felt the need to jump the tackle.
The game has become scrappy and Fabio takes the latest free kick from the left flank, but Sunderland clear. The Black Cats have dealt well with the aerial threat posed by the Hoops.
Bosingwa takes a free kick from the halfway line but Bramble heads the delivery away and in any event wins a free kick.
Yellow CardAlfred N'diaye
N'Diaye receives a yellow card for a foul on Remy on the right flank and Townsend takes the delivery but Bramble clears.
The tempo of the match has slowed in contrast to the first half, and Sunderland are holding onto the ball nicely with QPR struggling to create.
Sunderland win a corner after good work from Sessegnon, and Adam Johnson's outswinging delivery to the near post is cleared by Hill.
QPR's front men are doing an excellent job in holding the ball up. When Samba or his centre-back partner Clint Hill pick up the ball they quickly look for a long ball, but the team are quick to pressure Sunderland in that situation and it is proving an effective means of keeping the ball towards Sunderland's end of the pitch.
Samba finds Remy with a long ball and the France international heads the ball into the path of Townsend, whose cross finds the head of Hoilett at the back post. O'Shea however prevents the knock down from reaching Zamora.
Alfred N'Diaye receives the attention of the physios after he is struck in the head in the course of a challenge with Remy, but his recovers and gets back to the action.
Adam Johnson cuts inside onto his right foot and shoots narrowly wide of the top right corner in an excellent effort as it is Sunderland rather than the hosts who have opened the half the stronger of the two sides.
Sessegnon has enjoyed a bright start to the second half and found Danny Graham in the box shortly after the restart, but QPR defended resolutely.
QPR get the second half underway.
Adel Taarabt was left out of the squad and QPR don't therefore have the option of bringing on the mercurial playmaker in the second half. Their current XI is full of pace and power however and appears to have what it takes to get a crucial win this afternoon.
Jay Jaffa at Loftus Road: "Half-time at Loftus Road and it's 1-1. QPR have edged the first 45 and will feel aggrieved to not be leading at the interval. They've created the better chances and Loic Remy should really have doubled his tally for the afternoon, blazing a volley over after a good knockdown by Bobby Zamora. Sunderland have not passed the ball particularly well and have struggled to clear their lines, but they were clinical on the counterattack to score a good first goal. All to play for."
45' + 1'
The referee blows the half-time whistle at Loftus Road.
The tempo has dropped off slightly towards the end of the half but QPR enjoy a lengthy spell of possession on the edge of the Sunderland box that ends when Townsend's cross along the six-yard box is cleared by O'Shea.
Bosingwa reads the play well as he defends against the threat of Adam Johnson winning a goal kick for his side.
O'Shea heads the delivery away and as Park crosses again into the box his effort flies over the head of Samba.
Gardner's cross is caught by Green and QPR immediately look to counter through Townsend, who wins a corner.
M'Bia neatly exchanges passes with Bosingwa before letting the return pass roll across his body and powerfully shooting at goal from outside the edge of the box, forcing a save from Mignolet.
Fabio looks for Hoilett down the left flank and the attacker picks up the ball via a Sunderland head before appealing unsuccessfully for a free kick after going down under a challenge from Bramble.
QPR are impressing and Stephane M'Bia advances forward to receive the ball before winning a corner as N'Diaye intercepts his pass to Hoilett, but the Sunderland defence are able to clear the danger.
Townsend immediately looks to cross on his left foot after receiving the ball and finds Remy, whose glancing header is saved by Mignolet. Moments later the France international has another chance when Hoilett's cross towards the back post is headed by Zamora into his path, but this time he slices his volley over the bar.
Jay Jaffa at Loftus Road: "Another goal that seemingly came from nothing! QPR were only gently probing the Sunderland box, but Andros Townsend's scuffed low shot defelcts off the heels of John O'Shea and into Loic Remy's path. From a wide-right angle, similar to the position he scored against Southampton last week, the Frenchman cooly slides it past Simon Mignolet and into the far side netting. Top finish."
Remy equalises! QPR counter through right-back Bosingwa and after advancing down the right flank he finds Townsend inside him. After cutting inside onto his left foot Townsend shoots but his effort is deflected by O'Shea into the path of Remy inside the right edge of the box, and the French international confidently finishes to equalise for the Hoops.
Mignolet catches Fabio's free kick impressively as he is again challenged by the giant Samba.
Sebastian Larsson shows his excellent crossing ability after drifting out to the right flank to receive the ball, and his early cross is met impressively by Danny Graham ahead of Samba, but the striker's header flies wide.
Jay Jaffa at Loftus Road: "It had been all QPR, but from a wide-free kick at one end, Sunderland break with a man extra and capitalise. Alfred N'Diaye carried the ball from halfway, laid Steven Fletcher in on the right and his clever backheel fed Stephane Sessegnon in behind the QPR defence. A couple of tricks later, the Benin midfielder found Adam Johnson at the back post, who fired a low cross-cum-shot into the six-yard box for the master predator Fletcher to turn home. 1-0 to the visitors."
QPR have gone back onto the front foot following their concession but Sunderland are quick to look to counter, and after N'Diaye advances up the pitch following his interception Samba is forced to keep pace with the midfielder before showing impressive strength to win the ball from the powerful midfielder.
Steven Fletcher nets the opening goal for Sunderland after a lightning counterattack. The Black Cats immediately fed Sessegnon on clearing the ball and the Benin international ran the length of the pitch before jinking his way past his marker and putting in a floated cross to Adam Johnson at the back post. The left winger slammed in a low delivery across the six-yard box which Fletcher turned past Robert Green for the opening goal.
Townsend takes a free kick from outside the left edge of the box and Mignolet is unconvincing as he comes to catch the ball under the challenge of Chris Samba.
Gardner overhits an cross from the right flank, which keeper Rob Green catches.
Adam Johnson takes on Bosingwa on the left flank and wins a throw-in, from which Alfred N'Diaye takes a rushed shot and but his scuffed effort rolls wide of the left post.
Jay Jaffa at Loftus Road: "Junior Hoilett has typified QPR's positive start here at Loftus Road and he so nearly assists the opener as Bobby Zamora almost reaches his through ball. Sunderland are yet to find their ryhthm and their passing has been terrible so far. Harry Redknapp will be delighted to see his team pick up from where they left off at St Mary's last weekend."
Hoilett cuts inside onto his right foot and his through-ball to Zamora narrowly evades the striker and runs through to keeper SImon Mignolet.
Craig Gardner takes a throw-in on the right flank aiming for Stephan Sessegnon, but O'Shea carelessly puts the ball out for a throw-in on the left flank shortly after.
Zamora and Remy attempt a one-two on the edge of the box and QPR retain possession when the move breaks down. Harry Redknapp's side have opened the game strongly.
Chris Samba attempts to find Zamora with a long ball but O'Shea puts the ball out for a throw-in. After a bright start from Sunderland QPR now have most of the possession.
Hoilett looks full of confidence in the early stages and cuts inside onto his right foot from the left flank before his shot from the edge of the box curves wide of the top right corner.
Andros Townsend, playing on the right flank, attempts to find Remy with an ambitious through ball played across the box but the pass is intercepted.
Loic Remy receives the ball on the left flank and attempts to round Craig Gardner but the defender dispossesses him.
Bobby Zamora appeals to the referee after attempting to lure John O'Shea into conceding an early penalty, but is unsuccessful.
Jay Jaffa at Loftus Road: "And we're nearly off to a fine start! Loic Remy breaks well from midfield and slides a ball left to Junior Hoilett. The winger is positive, hurtling into the box faced by two Sunderland defenders and fires low shot that drifts just wide of Simon Mignolet's far post. Bright start from the hosts.
Loic Remy finds Hoilett on the left edge of the box and after the attacker takes his shot early with his left foot it rolls fractionally wide of the right post in an excellent early chance for QPR.
Sunderland have exchanged passes at a high tempo in the opening minute but concede a free kick outside the box after Junior Hoilett leads a counterattack. Titus Bramble comfortably heads away Bosingwa's free kick however.
The referee gets the game underway at Loftus Road!
Jay Jaffa at Loftus Road: "As usual, we're absolutely wedged into the QPR press box. I'd say based on this alone, I wouldn't mind them going down, but that would be a tad harsh wouldn't it? Ahem. Both sides are finishing their warm ups in front of a stadium that is gradually filling up. With the long, long journey from the north-east, there's a scarcity of Sunderland fans away to my right but they've still got 10 minutes to get here. Also, I can confirm Alfred N'Diaye is enormous."
Jay Jaffa at Loftus Road: "Looking at the stats surrounding the game, one stands out by a mile; QPR have not registered back-to-back Premier League wins since December 1995. It gets worse though... their visitors today, Sunderland, have left Loftus Road victorious in the last three encounters between the sides. It all adds up to create a far harder challenge than Harry Redknapp perhaps envisioned when deciding five more wins would be enough for survival and it goes without saying that today's game is a must win, a six-pointer, however you want to put it."
Jay Jaffa at Loftus Road: "Sunderland meanwhile, have the the luxury of naming an unchanged side to the team that drew 2-2 with Fulham last weekend. That means Danny Graham will partner Steven Fletcher up front and Titus Bramble and John O'Shea continuing at the heart of the defence. Loic Remy will fancy his chances up against that."
Jay Jaffa at Loftus Road: "There is one bit of positive news for QPR as Bobby Zamora is declared fit to start but the same cannot be said for Julio Cesar who is out and will be replaced by deputy Rob Green. Andros Townsend is recalled to the starting XI and Park Ji-Sung is making his 150th Premier League appearance today."
Sunderland: Mignolet; Gardner, O’Shea, Bramble, Colback, Sessegnon, Larsson, N’Diaye, Johnson; Graham, Fletcher. Subs: Westwood, Bardsley, Rose, Kilgallon, Vaughan, Mangane, Cuellar.
QPR: Green; Bosingwa, Samba, Hill, Fabio; Townsend, Park, Mbia, Hoilett; Zamora, Remy. Subs: Murphy, Wright-Phillips, Mackie, Granero, Onuoha, Jenas, Bothroyd.
Jay Jaffa at Loftus Road: "Today, bottom placed QPR welcome Sunderland, who despite sitting 10 points ahead of Harry Redknapp's side, are not free from the threat of relegation just yet. Indeed, winless in five makes this a massive game for Martin O'Neill's team."
Hi and welcome to Goal.com's live coverage as QPR take on Sunderland at Loftus Road. I'm @arthurvirgo here to talk through the events, and you can get involved on Twitter @GoalUK
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