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Steven Fletcher concedes a free kick for a foul on Clint Hill. Free kick taken by Rob Green. Jamie Mackie takes a shot. Save by Simon Mignolet. Andros Townsend gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Vaughan. Direct free kick taken by Sebastian Larsson. Steven Fletcher takes a shot. Save by Rob Green.
A goal is scored by Jermaine Jenas from outside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. QPR 3-1 Sunderland.Andros Townsend provided the assist for the goal.
Jose Bosingwa decides to take the corner short.
Sebastian Larsson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jermaine Jenas. Direct free kick taken by Rob Green.
Jose Bosingwa takes the outswinging corner, Christopher Samba has a header from close in and clears the crossbar.
Sebastian Larsson takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Clint Hill.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Titus Bramble on Jamie Mackie. Jose Bosingwa produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jack Colback on Shaun Wright-Phillips. (QPR) makes a substitution, with Jermaine Jenas coming on for Loic Remy. Phil Bardsley comes on in place of Jack Colback. Free kick taken by Jose Bosingwa.
David Vaughan replaces Alfred N'Diaye. Corner taken by Adam Johnson from the right by-line to the near post, Jamie Mackie makes a clearance. (QPR) makes a substitution, with Shaun Wright-Phillips coming on for David Hoilett.
(QPR) makes a substitution, with Jamie Mackie coming on for Bobby Zamora.
Foul by Craig Gardner on David Hoilett, free kick awarded. Craig Gardner goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Fabio Da Silva takes the direct free kick.
Andros Townsend fires in a goal from outside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. QPR 2-1 Sunderland.Assist on the goal came from David Hoilett.
Danny Rose challenges Andros Townsend unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Jose Bosingwa from right wing, save made by Simon Mignolet.
Adam Johnson takes a corner.
Andros Townsend takes a shot. Blocked by John O'Shea.
Sebastian Larsson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Hoilett. Fabio Da Silva takes the direct free kick.
Christopher Samba concedes a free kick for a foul on Titus Bramble. Direct free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.
Foul by Danny Rose on Andros Townsend, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Jose Bosingwa.
Foul by Alfred N'Diaye on Loic Remy, free kick awarded. Alfred N'Diaye is shown a yellow card. Free kick taken by Jose Bosingwa.
Danny Graham leaves the field to be replaced by Danny Rose.
Corner taken left-footed by Adam Johnson to the near post, clearance made by Clint Hill.
Shot from just outside the area by Stephane Sessegnon misses to the left of the target.
Foul by Jack Colback on Jose Bosingwa, free kick awarded. Jose Bosingwa restarts play with the free kick.
Adam Johnson produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.
Alfred N'Diaye gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andros Townsend. Free kick taken by Jose Bosingwa.
Jose Bosingwa takes the outswinging corner, clearance by John O'Shea.
Stephane Mbia takes a shot. Save made by Simon Mignolet.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Bobby Zamora by Alfred N'Diaye. Stephane Mbia restarts play with the free kick.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Jose Bosingwa, save by Simon Mignolet.
Effort on goal by Loic Remy from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.
Loic Remy takes a shot. Save by Simon Mignolet.
Stephane Mbia challenges Alfred N'Diaye unfairly and gives away a free kick. John O'Shea restarts play with the free kick.
A goal is scored by Loic Remy from inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. QPR 1-1 Sunderland.Assist on the goal came from Andros Townsend.
Craig Gardner gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Hoilett. Fabio Da Silva takes the direct free kick.
Danny Graham has a header from close range and clears the crossbar.
Foul by Sebastian Larsson on Andros Townsend, free kick awarded. Stephane Mbia takes the free kick.
Effort from just outside the area by Stephane Mbia goes over the target.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Sebastian Larsson on Ji-Sung Park. Free kick crossed right-footed by Jose Bosingwa, Jack Colback manages to make a clearance.
Steven Fletcher gets on the score sheet with a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. QPR 0-1 Sunderland.The assist for the goal came from Adam Johnson.
Unfair challenge on Bobby Zamora by John O'Shea results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Andros Townsend, save made by Simon Mignolet.
Alfred N'Diaye has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses left.
Foul by Jack Colback on Ji-Sung Park, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Jose Bosingwa.
David Hoilett has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.
Andros Townsend takes a shot from deep inside the box clearing the bar.
Stephane Sessegnon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Hoilett. Rob Green restarts play with the free kick.
Loic Remy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alfred N'Diaye. Direct free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.
Effort on goal by David Hoilett from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.
Stephane Mbia fouled by John O'Shea, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jose Bosingwa.
Sebastian Larsson takes a shot. Blocked by Ji-Sung Park.
Redknapp to give late tests
QPR boss Harry Redknapp will make a late decision on the fitness of Julio Cesar and Bobby Zamora ahead of the visit of Sunderland.
Brazil international Cesar had to be replaced in the second half of last weekend's 2-1 win at Southampton following a heavy collision, while Zamora remains doubtful with the ankle injury that has kept him out of that match.
Both players were due to take part in training today with Robert Green, who made a vital late save after coming on at St Mary's, ready to fill in again if required.
Redknapp has mapped out the size of the task QPR face to avoid the drop - and it involves almost doubling their points tally.
Rangers head into the final 10 games of the season four points from safety and last in a table they have been looking up at for almost the entire campaign.
Victory at Southampton last weekend revived hopes of a great escape but it was just their third success in 28 league games.
Redknapp believes his side will have to win at least another five, and pick up a couple of draws along the way, if they are to have any chance of beating the drop.
That would appear a tall task for a side that have so far accumulated just 20 points and Redknapp admitted even his target of 37 points might not be enough.
"We need a run of wins. We need another five wins at least I think," Redknapp said.
"We need to win half our games and get a draw or two and get to 37 points.
"I would take 37 points now and walk away. I'd take my chances.
"Whether it is going to be enough I'm not sure but if someone said you can have 37 points I think you'd have to be a fool not to take it."
Redknapp believes a win over Sunderland could even suck the Black Cats into a relegation fight they are, at present, six points clear of in 14th.
Redknapp has warned he expects more teams to be drawn into the battle at the foot of the table - especially if his side can spark a winning run.
"Team who are only seven or eight points above us - it can all change so quickly," said Redknapp.
"Seven or eight points can evaporate very quickly with a couple of wins and a couple of losses.
"We need back-to-back wins - that's something we've never done.
"It's about time we did that."
Matthew Kilgallon and Danny Rose are set to ease Martin O'Neill's personnel worries by returning to the Sunderland squad for the crucial Barclays Premier League trip to Queen's Park Rangers.
Defender Kilgallon is back in the fold after missing last week's draw with Fulham due to illness, while Rose could also figure after coming through a training match this week following a hamstring strain.
O'Neill has signalled his intention to bring striker Connor Wickham back to the Stadium of Light after his loan spell at Sheffield Wednesday, but Wickham will not be available to figure.
Despite taking encouragement from the way his side fought back to end a run of defeats and grab a home point against Fulham last week, O'Neill accepts games like the trip to Loftus Road still constitute a genuine relegation battle.
"It's a big game for us as we're entering just slightly less than a third of a season still to go, and I believe the teams in our position and close to us are a little bit anxious about the situation," he said.
"We have had a number of matches where we didn't do very well but I think we have to take the performances into consideration. We always seem to be fighting back and in my view we shouldn't have lost any of those recent games."
QPR 3-1 Sunderland: Match Report - view commentary, squad, and statistics of the game as it happened.
QPR's revival continues
January acquisitions Andros Townsend and Jermaine Jenas struck exquisite half-volleys as QPR's survival hopes received a boost with a 3-1 win over Sunderland.
The pair may not have got much of a look in under Harry Redknapp when he was at Tottenham but they more than proved their worth as Rangers earned another invaluable three points.
While QPR remain bottom of the Barclays Premier League and four points adrift of safety, back-to-back victories for the first time since their top-flight return could prove a major catalyst in their survival quest.
There had been fears last weekend's 2-1 win at Southampton could prove to be a flash in the pan, especially when Steven Fletcher put Sunderland ahead after 20 minutes.
However, the hosts rallied and levelled on the half-hour mark as a deflected long-range Townsend effort fell kindly for Loic Remy to slot home.
It had looked like the spoils would be shared as both sides struggled in the second half, only for Townsend's moment of magic to change the game.
Substitute Jenas rubbed salt into the wound with an equally-impressive strike late on as Rangers earned a fourth league win of the campaign.
Redknapp spoke of the need for his side to put in a shift in his programme notes and got the desired response in the opening 20 minutes.
After Park Ji-sung charged down a Sebastian Larsson strike, QPR pushed forward and were unfortunate to see Junior Hoilett strike wide in the fourth minute.
The winger, rejuvenated under Redknapp's tutelage, wriggled free down the left and snuck past makeshift right-back Craig Gardner before firing across the face of goal.
Hoilett continued that duel shortly afterwards, again darting past Gardner before striking wide.
Townsend on the opposite flank was another full of life in the early stages and saw a strike miss the target while Bobby Zamora saw penalty claims for a push by John O'Shea waved away.
It was the visitors, though, that broke the deadlock when Adam Johnson picked up a Stephane Sessegnon cross at the back post. The former Manchester City winger sent in a fierce cross-shot, which Fletcher turned home with ease from close range.
The Scotland international's 11th goal of the season was harsh on the R's, who could have fallen further behind seven minutes later when Christopher Samba slipped and Danny Graham was allowed a free header on goal.
Fortunately for the hosts the January signing could not direct his header on goal, allowing QPR to draw parity soon after.
Townsend's long-range strike fortuitously deflected off O'Shea into the path of Remy, who swept home with ease from close range to the delighted of the home support.
The Frenchman's third goal in English football seemed to kick QPR into gear as they dominated the remaining 15 minutes of the first period.
Zamora saw a flick header impressively denied by Simon Mignolet before the forward cut back for strike partner Remy.
The France international could only fire over, with former Marseille team-mate Stephane Mbia next to get a shot away, with Mignolet only able to stop a powerful drive at the second attempt.
The half-time break allowed Sunderland time to settle and they returned strongly.
Barely a minute into second half, Samba had to be alert to deny Graham before Johnson put a fizzing drive narrowly wide.
Clint Hill cleared a threatening Larsson cross as the Black Cats continued to press, switching to a 4-4-1-1 formation as they looked to regain the lead.
Danny Rose came on for Graham as Martin O'Neill shuffled the pack, with the left-back gifting QPR a first chance of the second half soon after coming on.
The 22-year-old was dispossessed by Townsend, another man on loan from Tottenham, who drove forward only to see a long-range strike blocked by O'Shea.
The winger would not be denied for long, though, firing QPR ahead in stunning fashion.
Sunderland cleared a Jose Bosingwa cross out of the box, only for Townsend to control the ball on his chest before firing home a superb 25-yard half volley as Loftus Road erupted.
Bosingwa curled a free-kick wide of near post as the hosts edged a tense final 15 minutes, which came to life once again when Jenas, only on 10 minutes earlier, struck home in style.
Fellow replacement Jamie Mackie saw a late shot saved by Mignolet as the R's ended on top.
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