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Unfair challenge on Jose Bosingwa by James McClean results in a free kick. Rob Green takes the free kick.
James McClean crosses the ball.
Phil Bardsley crosses the ball.
Shot by Danny Rose from outside the box goes high over the crossbar.
Shaun Wright-Phillips sends in a cross.
Shaun Wright-Phillips produces a drilled right-footed shot from 12 yards. Save by Simon Mignolet.
James McClean produces a cross, Rob Green makes a clearance.
Foul by James McClean on Jose Bosingwa, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Rob Green.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Esteban Granero, Carlos Cuellar manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Danny Rose by Jamie Mackie. Booking for Jamie Mackie for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by Danny Rose.
Sebastian Larsson has an effort at goal. Save made by Rob Green.
James McClean sends in a cross, clearance made by Clint Hill.
Shaun Wright-Phillips on for Adel Taarabt. Louis Saha is brought on as a substitute for Craig Gardner.
The ball is swung over by Jose Bosingwa, Matthew Kilgallon makes a clearance.
Jose Bosingwa produces a cross, clearance made by Matthew Kilgallon.
Unfair challenge on Adel Taarabt by Craig Gardner results in a free kick. Esteban Granero takes the direct free kick.
Danny Rose crosses the ball.
Jamie Mackie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Rose. Danny Rose restarts play with the free kick.
Jack Colback has a drilled shot. Blocked by Stephane Mbia.
Djibril Cisse produces a cross, clearance by Sebastian Larsson.
Phil Bardsley produces a cross, clearance by Clint Hill.
Adam Johnson is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Rob Green. Adam Johnson leaves the field to be replaced by James McClean.
Clint Hill concedes a free kick for a foul on Jack Colback. The referee cautions Clint Hill for unsporting behaviour. Craig Gardner produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, Esteban Granero gets a block in.
Inswinging corner taken by Adel Taarabt from the left by-line, Matthew Kilgallon makes a clearance.
Stephane Sessegnon concedes a free kick for a foul on Ji-Sung Park. Esteban Granero crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, Phil Bardsley manages to make a clearance.
Short corner taken by Esteban Granero from the right by-line.
Jamie Mackie sends in a cross, blocked by Matthew Kilgallon.
Ji-Sung Park comes on in place of Samba Diakite.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Sebastian Larsson from the left by-line to the near post, Steven Fletcher takes a shot. Brilliant save by Rob Green.
Unfair challenge on Armand Traore by Craig Gardner results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Esteban Granero. The assistant referee flags for offside against Ryan Nelsen. Free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.
Unfair challenge on Esteban Granero by Sebastian Larsson results in a free kick. Jose Bosingwa takes the direct free kick.
The ball is crossed by Adam Johnson, Ryan Nelsen makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephane Sessegnon by Jamie Mackie. Danny Rose takes the direct free kick.
Effort from outside the penalty box by Stephane Mbia goes wide left of the target.
Centre by Craig Gardner. The referee blows for offside against Steven Fletcher. Indirect free kick taken by Jose Bosingwa.
Shot from 30 yards by Phil Bardsley. Blocked by Ryan Nelsen. Corner taken by Adam Johnson from the right by-line, Clint Hill manages to make a clearance.
Samba Diakite challenges Adam Johnson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Sebastian Larsson, Djibril Cisse makes a clearance.
Foul by Samba Diakite on Danny Rose, free kick awarded. The referee shows Samba Diakite a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.
Adel Taarabt sends in a cross, comfortable save by Simon Mignolet.
Adel Taarabt takes a shot from 25 yards. Djibril Cisse gets a block in.
Carlos Cuellar concedes a free kick for a foul on Armand Traore. Carlos Cuellar booked. Free kick taken by Esteban Granero.
Esteban Granero takes a shot. Simon Mignolet makes a comfortable save.
Unfair challenge on Jack Colback by Samba Diakite results in a free kick. Jack Colback restarts play with the free kick.
Rob Green comes on in place of Soares Julio Cesar.
Corner taken by Adel Taarabt, Ryan Nelsen takes a shot. Save by Simon Mignolet.
Adel Taarabt takes a shot. Matthew Kilgallon gets a block in.
Corner taken left-footed by Adam Johnson, Header from close in by Craig Gardner misses to the right of the target.
Effort from 12 yards by Steven Fletcher. Save made by Soares Julio Cesar.
Jamie Mackie takes a shot. Save by Simon Mignolet. Adel Taarabt takes a shot. Phil Bardsley manages to make a clearance.
Phil Bardsley takes a shot from deep inside the box clearing the bar.
Phil Bardsley concedes a free kick for a foul on Adel Taarabt. Free kick taken by Stephane Mbia.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Danny Rose on Djibril Cisse. Samba Diakite takes the free kick.
Stephane Sessegnon takes a shot. Jose Bosingwa gets a block in.
Sebastian Larsson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Esteban Granero. Direct free kick taken by Adel Taarabt.
The ball is delivered by Jose Bosingwa, clearance by Phil Bardsley.
Djibril Cisse takes a shot. Carlos Cuellar gets a block in.
Unfair challenge on Danny Rose by Samba Diakite results in a free kick. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Craig Gardner, clearance made by Clint Hill.
Samba Diakite sends in a cross.
Esteban Granero decides to take the corner short.
The ball is sent over by Armand Traore, Steven Fletcher makes a clearance.
Djibril Cisse crosses the ball, clearance by Phil Bardsley.
Adel Taarabt challenges Jack Colback unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sebastian Larsson takes the direct free kick.
O'Neill `surprised' by resignation rumours
Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill has insisted he is going nowhere after the club was forced to dismiss claims he had offered his resignation.
Wearside was buzzing on Saturday evening, hours after the Black Cats' 4-2 home defeat by West Brom, as rumours of the Ulsterman's departure spread like wildfire with the help of Twitter.
But O'Neill admitted he was as surprised as anyone as club officials spent the evening denying the speculation.
The 60-year-old, who will celebrate 12 months at the Stadium of Light next month, said: "Yes, it was a bit of a surprise, really. Nothing probably should surprise me in the game, but yes.
"There was nothing in it. Anybody can tweet these days. I think it happened a couple of years ago as well, something like that, a similar sort of thing.
"But that's the nature of it. But no, I was pretty surprised."
It was not the first time talk of O'Neill's impending demise had swept the city in recent weeks but as he prepared his players for the Barclays Premier League clash with QPR, the manager was adamant it was business as usual.
Asked if he was planning to go anywhere, he said emphatically: "Absolutely not."
The speculation has come amid a sequence of poor results for Sunderland, where less than a year ago fans had hailed the arrival of O'Neill as their long-coveted manager.
A battling 2-1 victory over Blackburn at the Stadium of Light proved the perfect start and a run of seven wins and a draw in his first 10 league games - his only defeats came, narrowly, at Tottenham and Chelsea - further enhanced his reputation with fans delighted at his arrival.
However, the last 26 league games have brought just four victories - the last three of them against sides reduced to 10 men - and yielded only 24 points from a possible 78.
O'Neill acknowledges the need for an improvement on those statistics, starting with Tuesday's game, although he is refusing to classify it as a must-win affair.
He said: "We have got a fairly lengthy time to go. It's an important game, it's every bit as important as the game against West Bromwich Albion and the one against Fulham, of course.
"It would be nice to win the match. I wouldn't say it's going to define everything but all games are important."
The Black Cats' hopes of securing a morale-boosting victory are not being helped by injuries to defender John O'Shea and midfielder Lee Cattermole, both of whom are fighting against the clock to recover.
In addition, they will be the first side to encounter Rangers under the leadership of new manager Harry Redknapp and O'Neill is well aware of the galvanising effect the former Tottenham manager's arrival could have on an expensively-assembled squad.
He said: "We are not capable of treating anybody lightly, far from it. We are not good enough to do that at all."
Redknapp has vowed to axe any QPR player who did not pull his weight as he faced up to the "toughest" challenge of his managerial career.
Redknapp insisted Rangers' "nice" owners had not been given the results they deserved for the money they had paid for their squad in transfer fees and wages.
He has only been in the Loftus Road hotseat for two days but it took him little time to assess what had led his new side to make the worst start to a season in Barclays Premier League history.
He said: "We've got four points from 13 games, which is an incredible, low total.
"We've got to do better to give ourselves and opportunity to get out of this mess. I need people that are going to work.
"When they lose the ball, chase it. It's what you learnt when you were at school. That's what you did in the playground. I need 11 people with the ability to put effort in. And if they give that effort then we've got a chance of surviving.
"If they don't, they're not going to play to start with and I'll find another 11 who will run about and work hard.
He added: "I've got no time for people losing the ball and throwing their arms up in air and standing around with their hands on their hips.
"We're in a relegation battle, we've got four points. It's their fault - it's nobody else's fault. If everyone works, the ability's there. I've got to make them work and get the best out of them now.
"If they do that then we'll be okay, we'll survive."
Captain Park Ji-sung (knee) should be in contention and Jose Bosingwa is thought to have recovered from a virus.
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