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Sunderland 0-2 Queens Park Rangers

By James GheerbrantBBC Sport
Leroy Fer scores
Leroy Fer's opening goal was the first time this season that QPR had taken the lead away from home
  • 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.

Ramsey delighted with 'overdue' away win

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.

Slow start cost Sunderland - Poyet

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.

Matty Phillips
Matty Phillips became the first player to assist two goals for QPR in a Premier League match since Danny Dichio in 1996
Joey Barton (right) vies for the bal with Connor Wickham
Joey Barton was booked for the seventh consecutive match - a Premier League record - in a typically combative performance
Rob Green pulls off a save
Rob Green's superb performance earned him a first clean sheet since 28 December
Leroy Fer is stretchered off
Leroy Fer was taken off on a stretcher with an apparent knee injury

Line-ups

Sunderland

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Pantilimon
  • 15RéveillereSubstituted forBrownat 63'minutes
  • 27Vergini
  • 16O'Shea
  • 3van Aanholt
  • 7LarssonBooked at 41mins
  • 4Bridcutt
  • 14Gomez Garcia-PencheSubstituted forÁlvarezat 45'minutesBooked at 83mins
  • 11Johnson
  • 28Defoe
  • 10WickhamSubstituted forFletcherat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Brown
  • 9Fletcher
  • 19Graham
  • 20Álvarez
  • 22Coates
  • 25Mannone
  • 42Agnew

QPR

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Green
  • 14IslaSubstituted forDoughtyat 85'minutes
  • 5FerdinandBooked at 70mins
  • 4Caulker
  • 13Yun
  • 20Henry
  • 8BartonBooked at 78mins
  • 7PhillipsSubstituted forWright-Phillipsat 52'minutes
  • 10FerSubstituted forZárateat 75'minutes
  • 19Kranjcar
  • 25ZamoraBooked at 35mins

Substitutes

  • 3Traore
  • 6Hill
  • 11Wright-Phillips
  • 12McCarthy
  • 27Taarabt
  • 29Zárate
  • 36Doughty
Referee:
Martin Atkinson
Attendance:
39,077

Match Stats

Home TeamSunderlandAway TeamQPR
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home18
Away19
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home8
Away4
Fouls
Home8
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Sunderland 0, Queens Park Rangers 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Sunderland 0, Queens Park Rangers 2.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland).

  4. Post update

    Michael Doughty (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  5. Post update

    Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Yun Suk-Young tries a through ball, but Bobby Zamora is caught offside.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Mauro Zárate (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Michael Doughty.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Joey Barton.

  8. Post update

    Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers).

  10. Post update

    Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Rio Ferdinand.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  12. Post update

    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.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Michael Doughty replaces Mauricio Isla.

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Johnson with a cross.

  16. Booking

    Ricardo Álvarez (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Shaun Wright-Phillips.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Adam Johnson (Sunderland) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. John O'Shea (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Steven Fletcher.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Mauricio Isla.

As It Stood

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1Chelsea24175254213356
2Man City24147347242349
3Southampton24143738172145
4Arsenal25136647281945
5Man Utd24128440231744
6Tottenham2513483934543
7Liverpool2512673629742
8West Ham2410773628837
9Swansea249782831-334
10Stoke249692729-233
11Newcastle248793036-631
12Everton246993134-327
13Crystal Palace2468102634-826
14Sunderland2541292236-1424
15Hull2558122334-1123
16West Brom2458112234-1223
17QPR2564152643-1722
18Aston Villa2557131234-2222
19Burnley2449112340-1721
20Leicester2545162240-1817
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