Rangers' away woes continue as they are unable to build on their superb win over Liverpool, with Martin O'Neill's side cruising to another victory over the west LondonersSunderland cruised to a 3-1 win over ten-man QPR on Saturday afternoon to stretch its unbeaten run over the visitors to 10 games.
Denmark international Nicklas Bendtner met James McClean’s cross shortly before halftime to head the Black Cats ahead, before Djibril Cisse was sent off for QPR after making a dangerous two-footed challenge early in the second half.
The excellent McClean then made the scoresheet with a deflected effort before Stephane Sessegnon finished low, with Taye Taiwo grabbing a consolation for QPR with a superb free-kick.
The result compounds QPR’s poor away form, with Mark Hughes’ side picking up only two points out of the last 27 available.
It was a cagey opening at the Stadium of Light, with Sessegnon caught offside early on after Nicklas Bendtner and Craig Gardner linked up.
McClean, who signed a new contract at the Stadium of Light this week, then made his first impact of the game with a darting run, but Anton Ferdinand and Taiwo were able to clear their lines.
Colback then had two good chances in succession on 15 minutes, first scuffing a low shot wide before being found by Bendtner and drilling a left-footed strike into the side netting. QPR’s first chance fell to Mackie moments later when he met a Luke Young cross, but his header was deflected over Simon Mignolet’s crossbar.
The hosts broke the deadlock on 40 minutes. McClean found himself in space on the left, and his deep cross was met by Bendtner, who rose high to nod low to Kenny’s left and put Sunderland in front.
Cisse, who rarely featured in the first half, had a chance to equalize immediately with a header after a fine ball in from Taiwo, but Turner and Kyrgiakos were able to bundle the ball behind as the Black Cats went in ahead at the break.
QPR’s afternoon got worse on 54 minutes when Cisse received a straight red for a two-footed challenge on Campbell.
Sunderland immediately felt the numerical advantage, Sessegnon making a good run and flashing a shot over the bar. QPR boss Hughes reacted shortly afterwards by bringing on Shaun Wright-Phillips for Taarabt in an effort to salvage the game.
McClean almost made it two for the hosts on 63 minutes, when Gardner’s cross eventually fell to the young winger, but a superb challenge from Young deflected his shot over.
The pressure finally told six minutes later as a high ball wasn’t dealt with properly by QPR, and McClean was there to collect the ball, scoring with a deflected effort which wrong-footed Kenny after his initial shot was blocked.
Sunderland then moved further ahead on 76 minutes when McClean linked up well with Vaughan on the left, whose precise low cross found Sessegnon, giving him easiest of finishes to make it three.
The visitors, however, grabbed a lifeline moments later when Taiwo struck a superb 25-yard free-kick into the top corner, giving Mignolet no chance. That was all the scoring for the match however, as Sunderland sealed a comfortable win.
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