by James, Junior Black Cats reporter

Cats stumble against Hoops.

Despite being unbeaten against the Londoners since 1991, the Lads were defeated by QPR at Loftus Road.

The Hoops were on top from the start as they pressed high up the pitch and were creating chances. The closest the home side came to taking the lead was on 4 minutes.

Hoilett picked up the ball on the left and hit a left foot shot from a tight angle. However, his shot went just inches wide of the right hand post. 

Despite not being in the game in the early stages, it was Sunderland who took the lead on 20 minutes. After a QPR free kick was cleared, the Lads quickly broke when N’Diaye fed the ball to Sessegnon.

Running with the ball, it looked as though the Benin international would be squeezed out but he managed to get a cross in to Johnson. The winger’s shot was going wide until Steven Fletcher poked in his 11th goal of the season. 

It didn’t take long for Rangers to get back in the game though. Townsend, on loan from Spurs, hit an effort which was blocked by O’Shea.

However, the Irishman didn’t deal with it properly and after a deflection, Remy found himself through on goal. The Frenchman then placed the ball past Mignolet and into the bottom corner. 

Perhaps the closest Sunderland came to regaining the lead came just after half time when Johnson, who had beaten two players, fired a shot that went wide by a foot at most of Green’s right hand post.

Sunderland were made to pay on 70 minutes when QPR took the lead. 

A free kick was cleared only to Andros Townsend who, 30 yards out, hit a dipping ball into the helpless Mignolet’s top corner to give the Hoops the advantage.

The West Londoners then made it 3-1 when Shaun Wright-Philips easily wriggled his way into the box, only to see his cross cleared. Again, Sunderland were slow to get out and Jermaine Jenas volleyed the ball into the opposite corner to Townsend’s goal. 

QPR team:
Robert Green, Jose Bosingwa, Fabio, Chris Samba, Clint Hill, Junior Hoilett, Andros Townsend, Ji Sung Park, Stephan Mbia, Loic Remy and Bobby Zamora. 

Sunderland team:
Simon Mignolet, Craig Gardner, Jack Colback,  John O’Shea, Titus Bramble, Seb Larsson, Alfred N’Diaye, Adam Johnson, Stephane Sessegnon, Steven Fletcher and Danny Graham.