Queens Park Rangers 1 - 0 Sunderland

Match info: Premier League at Loftus Road Stadium

Date: 30/08/2014 KO: 15:00 Ref: Att: 17,930

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Charlie Austin 45+2



FT (ht: 1-0)

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  • It's all over at Loftus Road. Queens Park Rangers are off the mark after Charlie Austin's first-half strike sees them to a 1-0 victory over Sunderland at Loftus Road.

  • Taarabt breaks with pace and releases Phillips on the right, who trots towards the corner flag and looks to simply run the clock down. Sunderland steal the ball and win a corner down the other end of the field, but some fine defending from QPR earns them a goal-kick.

  • Green takes his time with the free-kick before picking out Taarabt, who is unable to get his shot away on the edge of the Sunderland box.

  • Emanuele Giaccherini. The Sunderland playmaker thought he had been fouled by Barton on the edge of the box, but instead he is booked for throwing himself to the floor.

  • We have a minimum of four minutes added time. Brown has just wasted one of those by being on a different wavelength to Van Aanholt and sending the ball out of play.

  • QPR make one final change to slow Sunderland down. Leroy Fer makes way as Adel Taarabt comes on.

  • Poyet is waving Mannone forward for the corner and the goalkeeper is simply there to cause a nuisance. Giaccherini fires a shot from the edge of the box and Green, who hasn't had all that much to do in the second half, makes a fine save.

  • Johnson hoists a long ball forward but Rangers do well to clear their lines. They are desperate to hold out for what would be a crucial three points.

  • QPR are not finished, they want a second goal to put this to bed. Traore makes an excellent run across the Sunderland defence but could not beat Mannone with his angled shot.

  • Sunderland look like they're running out of ideas as O'Shea is forced all the way back to Mannone.

  • Sunderland's corner is cleared well before Cattermole's return volley meets the travelling supporters in the top of the Loftus Road stand.

  • Van Aanholt's cross towards Altidore is missed by Hill but the QPR captain recovers well to make sure Wickham cannot get a touch.

  • Junior Hoilett makes way for QPR as Armand Traore comes on for the closing stages.

  • Real attacking intent from Poyet as full-back Santiago Vergini is sacrificed to bring on USA international striker Jozy Altidore.

  • Barton concedes a free-kick about 30 yards out and it looks like Larsson fancies his chances.

  • Buckley is pressurising Isla down the left channel but QPR successfully clear their lines. Caulker is looking to fight this cramp but looks rather awkward.

  • Giaccherini has a bit of space on the edge of the QPR box and takes a snap-shot, which fails to test Green.

  • Sunderland restart with a free-kick on halfway and Johnson looks to create an opening on the right.

  • Caulker gets back to his feet and hobbles over to the touchline, looks like cramp in both legs.

  • Caulker has been left in a heap and Wickham is protesting after an earlier challenge. Both look like they are suffering from little but cramp.


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