Match ends, Sunderland 0, Queens Park Rangers 2.
- QPR claim first away win of season at 12th attempt
- Hoops climb out of relegation zone
- Fer scores opener but goes off injured
- Sunderland suffer first defeat in five in all competitions
QPR climbed out of the relegation zone as goals from Leroy Fer and Bobby Zamora against Sunderland ended an 11-game losing run away from home.
The Hoops took the lead when Fer met Matty Phillips's excellent right-wing cross with a firm downward header.
A fine hooked volley from Zamora just before half-time sealed a first away win of the season.
Sunderland, who have won one of their past eight league games, are only two points above the relegation zone.
QPR chairman Tony Fernandes talked before the match of finding his "dream manager" to replace Harry Redknapp, but, on the evidence of this encouraging result, his players are already responding to the interim management of Chris Ramsey.
The only sour note for QPR was the loss of Fer, arguably their most influential player, who was carried off on a stretcher with a knee injury 15 minutes from time.
Ramsey's side were undaunted by the absence of injured leading scorer Charlie Austin, who has 13 league goals this season.
The visitors dominated the opening exchanges, with Joey Barton firing over and Zamora glancing a header wide, and they took a deserved lead in the 17th minute when Fer nodded home.
Sunderland, for whom defeat ended a four-game unbeaten run in all competitions, were denied by a combination of poor build-up play and fine goalkeeping from Rob Green.
The former England international pulled off a spectacular save to parry Connor Wickham's header on to the bar, then scooped the ball clear as it bounced behind him.
QPR continued to pose a threat on the break, especially down the right, and it was that route that provided the second goal as another Phillips cross set up Zamora, who finished superbly.
Sunderland improved after the break, but a QPR team full of experience - Barton, Karl Henry and Rio Ferdinand all started - nullified the hosts' threat.
The Black Cats still have only two home wins this season, the lowest tally in the top flight.
- 15RéveillereSubstituted forBrownat 63'minutes
- 3van Aanholt
- 7LarssonBooked at 41mins
- 14Gomez Garcia-PencheSubstituted forÁlvarezat 45'minutesBooked at 83mins
- 10WickhamSubstituted forFletcherat 82'minutes
- 14IslaSubstituted forDoughtyat 85'minutes
- 5FerdinandBooked at 70mins
- 8BartonBooked at 78mins
- 7PhillipsSubstituted forWright-Phillipsat 52'minutes
- 10FerSubstituted forZárateat 75'minutes
- 25ZamoraBooked at 35mins
- Martin Atkinson
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Sunderland 0, Queens Park Rangers 2.
Foul by Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland).
Michael Doughty (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Yun Suk-Young tries a through ball, but Bobby Zamora is caught offside.
Attempt blocked. Mauro Zárate (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Michael Doughty.
Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Joey Barton.
Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers).
Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Rio Ferdinand.
Attempt blocked. Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Attempt saved. Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Yun Suk-Young.
Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Michael Doughty replaces Mauricio Isla.
Attempt saved. Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Attempt blocked. Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Johnson with a cross.
Ricardo Álvarez (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card.
Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Shaun Wright-Phillips.
Attempt blocked. Adam Johnson (Sunderland) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.
Attempt blocked. John O'Shea (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Steven Fletcher.
Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Mauricio Isla.