Sunderland 3 QPR 1: Cisse sent off again as McClean and Bendtner punish 10-man Rangers
17:46 GMT, 24 March 2012
Djibril Cisse was sent off for the second time in his brief QPR career as his side self-destructed at Sunderland.
The visitors were trailing to Nicklas
Bendtner's 41st-minute header when the Frenchman launched himself into a
two-footed tackle on Fraizer Campbell and was shown a straight red card
by referee Mike Jones.
Djibril Cisse of Queens Park Rangers looks on, after he is sent off from the challenge on Fraizer Campbell of Sunderland
Sunderland: Mignolet, O'Shea (Campbell 27), Kyrgiakos, Turner, Bridge (Meyler 70), Gardner, Vaughan, Colback, McClean,
Bendtner (Elmohamady 82), Sessegnon.
Subs Not Used: Gordon,Wickham,Kilgallon,Ji.
Booked: Kyrgiakos, Bridge.
Goals: Bendtner 41,McClean 70,Sessegnon 76.
QPR: Kenny, Young, Onuoha, Ferdinand, Taiwo, Taarabt (Wright-Phillips 60), Derry, Diakite (Buzsaky 52), Mackie, Zamora (Bothroyd 82), Cisse. Subs Not Used: Cerny, Hill, Gabbidon, Barton.
Sent Off: Cisse (55).
Booked: Diakite, Young, Zamora.
Goals: Taiwo 79.
Ref: Mike Jones (Cheshire).
He will receive a four-match ban to add to the three he served following his dismissal against Wolves after what proved to be a costly fifth appearance for the club.
Cisse, who had a loan spell at the Stadium of Light earlier in his career, was not the only old boy to suffer on his return to Wearside with Nedum Onuoha's error allowing James McClean to celebrate his new contract by adding a second 20 minutes from time.
Stephane Sessegnon made sure of the points six minutes later, and although defender Taye Taiwo pulled a goal back with a stunning late free-kick, the home side ran out comfortable winners in front of a crowd of 37,128.
Martin O'Neill's joy will have been
tempered, however, by the sight of defender John O'Shea limping off
before the break with an injury which could jeopardise his chances of
playing in Tuesday night's FA Cup quarter-final replay against Everton.
All the talk before kick-off surrounded the absence from the QPR
starting line-up of outspoken midfielder Joey Barton, who had been booed
by his own fans as he was substituted in midweek.
However, Barton, who tweeted: 'All time low………2 ways out. 1. Work
hard 2. Worker harder,' still managed to make an impression as he
warmed up on the sideline 20 minutes into the game.
Masked avenger: Sunderland's Nicklas Bendtner, left, scores again
Red hot: Sunderland's James McLean scores his side's second goal
Having emerged to a predictable response from the locals, he slipped further in their estimation with a gesture which reminded them of their 5-1 defeat at former club Newcastle last season.
On the pitch, Sunderland enjoyed the better of a lacklustre 45 minutes which only really took off during the final few minutes.
Jack Colback had passed up two glorious opportunities inside a minute
with the game a quarter of an hour old, side-footing weakly at Taiwo
from close range and then volleying wide from McClean's knock-down.
Sessegnon, back after a three-match ban, could have cited rustiness as
an excuse for an uncharacteristically poor attempt from close range
seven minutes later.
Sun shine: Stephane Sessegnon, right, celebrates his goal
Two much: A Sunderland fan reminds Joey Barton of the score… after the former Newcastle midfielder had earlier taunted the home fans with a 5-1 gesture
The Benin international's effort came
seconds after Cisse had seen a rare effort blocked by O'Shea, but the
defender's afternoon came to a premature conclusion five minutes later
when he limped off.
temperature rose as the half wore on, particularly after Sotirios
Kyrgiakos and Bobby Zamora had clashed with the striker appearing to
suggest he had been head-butted, and it was the home side who eventually
took the lead with four minutes remaining.
McClean paid off the first instalment of his new deal when he crossed
to the far post for Bendtner to climb high above Taiwo and head firmly
past keeper Paddy Kenny and into the far corner.
Adel Taarabt wasted a chance to make
life difficult for the home defence when he drilled an ambitious
46th-minute free-kick from all of 35 yards straight at David Vaughan in
the defensive wall, and his side might have been made to pay within
playing at right-back in the absence of O'Shea, got forward well down
the right with 48 minutes gone, but overhit his cross, and David Vaughan
blasted high over seconds later.
However, the visitors' plight deepened a minute later when Cisse was shown a straight red card for an ugly lunge at Campbell.
In the net: Bendtner, second right, scores past Queens Park Rangers' goalkeeper Paddy Kenny
Sessegnon might have taken advantage of his side's numerical advantage when he broke clear after 58 minutes, but he shot high and wide.
Rangers boss Mark Hughes sent on winger Shaun Wright-Phillips in place of Taarabt with half an hour left, but the game might have been over within four minutes had Luke Young not managed to get a block on McClean's goalbound shot after Gardner's cross had been allowed to reach him at the far post.
It was effectively over 20 minutes from time when McClean made sure of the points.
Onuoha was caught under the ball, and the winger nipped in behind him and after seeing Young block his initial effort, thumped the rebound past Kenny with the help of a deflection of Onuoha.
The visitors were in disarray, and things took a further turn for the worse six minutes later when Sessegnon slid home Vaughan's cross from close range to make it 3-0.
Taiwo reduced the deficit with a superb 79th-minute free-kick, but there was to be no repeat of his side's last-gasp heroics against Liverpool in midweek.