Last Updated: 09/03/13 4:55pm
Three points in the bag for Redknapp's charges, courtesy of an impressive all-round performance from the top-flight strugglers when they needed it.
Gardner sends through a long ball for Fletcher that lacks any conviction, or much of an opportunity for the latter to create a goalscoring chance.
Mackie almost sneaks the ball behind a diving Mignolet at the near post, the 'keeper's trailing hand deflecting the ball for Bramble to hack clear.
Pretty much all over for Sunderland at the moment as Fletcher is penalised for an over-zealous chase for a hopeful long ball forward.
GOAL! Another incredible long-range strike from the hosts, this time it's Jenas with a volleyed effort that leaves Mignolet diving in vain.
Wright-Phillips making a nuisance of himself on either flank as Park directs play from the midfield in the latter stages.
Bramble a bit uncertain in position at the back with Wright-Phillips chasing, but manages to get the ball clear at the last moment.
Bosingwa more and more prominent in attack as the match draws to a close, but even Samba and Park Ji-Sung are committing themselves forward as well.
Bosingwa's initial free-kick was a bust, but his second moments later takes every one by surprise he goes for goal and comes pretty close.
Wright-Phillips looking to get stuck in early as the replacement tries to combine with Remy going forward.
Another change to personnel, this time from Redknapp with Shaun Wright-Phillips coming on for Hoilett.
The Hoops pushing up in search of their third goal, only desperate work from Garnder and O'Shea keeping them at bay.
Sunderland look to be tiring at the back as Remy and Hoilett get in behind the defence with seeming ease at the moment.
Hoilett working the wide channel once more as he looks to drift on the angle and create some space for himself to shoot.
GOAL! Townsend with a stunning volley from range that has Mignolet beaten all ends up thanks to Hoilett's pass from the left.
Rose gives away another free-kick on the right and Bosingwa steps up to deliver to wards the far post.
The Black Cats don's threaten from the set-piece and QPR are once more given the chance to launch an attack.
Good spell from QPR as Townsend's initial shot on goal is blocked, only for Remy and Zamora to threaten moments later.
Rose and Johnson trying to combine down the left flank, but the former is dispossessed by Townsend who launches an attack of his own.
Larssen gives away yet another free-kick to QPR, but Fabio's delivery garners the same result as before with no chance on goal.
Rose gives away a free-kick to the R's, but once more the home side fail to really make much of the set-piece opportunity.
The Hoops fail to make much of their set-piece, but regain possession and look to launch another foray into their opponents' half.
N'Diaye receives the first booking of the match for a reckless challenge to hand the hosts a free-kick in a good area.
Zamora complains to the referee as he feels he is beeen nudged from behind by Bramble, but the match official is having none of it.
Good defending from Jose Bosingwa to get his body behind the ball and block Johnson's effort on goal form the left.
The Hoops make a hash of a decent attacking corner-kick from the left, Hoilett failing to find Zamora wit ha short-corner.
Good battle between QPR's Zamora and Sunderland's Bramble as the former tires to shake off the latter toward the edge of the box.
Long ball forward for Fletcher, who then tries to play the ball back for Sessegnon, but the ball is into touch.
Delay in play as N'Diaye receives treatment, but he is at least back on his feet and making his way to sidelines of his own accord before getting the OK to return to the field.
Ball for Graham at the near post is cleared, as is the next for Fletcher, but it's Johnson's strike that isn't too far away from goal.
Both sets of managers will be reasonably pleased with their sides performances, although Redknapp will obviously have to say during the break with his relegation-threatened QPR not finding the back of the net more with their possession going forward.
Hoilett with a great run down the left to feed Zamora at the near post, but the latter's shot is well-blocked.
Sebastian Larsson with a rare touch on the ball going forward, but he is quickly shut down by Townsend just over the halfway line.
Still Sunderland in possession, but they're struggling to break down the determined back-line if the Hoops.
The Black Cats back inside QPR's half of the pitch as Fletcher seems to be the main point of attack from Fabio's cross into the danger area, but the defence clears the threat.
QPR earn themselves a corner kick from the right, but alas, nothing comes up the attacking set-piece.
Gardner pushes up strongly down the left and whips in a decent ball into the box, but Green does as well to deal with it.
Titus Bramble looks to have got away with a trip on Hoilett on the edge of the box, the Cats defender's just sticking a leg out and the QPR attacker goes over, but the referee waves play on.
QPR looking most dangerous on the ball now as they burst away down the left, Hoilett and Remy both having half-chances on goal in the space of seconds.
End-to-end stuff at the moment as Sunderland make some headway down the right channel, before QPR poach the ball and look to launch a counter-attack.
GOAL! Remy restores parity for QPR with a clean finish at the near post after he latches on to O'Shea's deflected block on Zamora's shot.
Mignolet does well to deal with Fabio da Silva's delivery into the box from the set-piece and send the ball up field with interest for his attackers to chase.
Another free-kick in a good area out on the left for QPR after Hoilett is adjudged to have been tackled roughly by Gardner.
Graham manages to get a diving header off inside the box, but he directs the ball just over Green and the crossbar
Goalscorer Fletcher looking to see more of the ball up front, but his work-rate off the ball comes to naught.
Remy, again, looks to provide for Zamora at the near post from the right, but O'Shea is again on guard to steer the ball away.
Remy feeds Zamora from the right, who then heads to the ball back into the path of Mbia, but his shot on goal is much to high.
Sunderland invigorated by having taken the advantage, pushing up on attack with more confidence and regularity.
Long ball forward for Remy to chase, but the R's attacker is beaten to the ball by O'Shea who hacks the ball back up field.
The Black Cats in the lead against the run of play, so QPR have to increase their attacking efforts.
GOAL! Johnson's shot is blocked, but Steven Fletcher was on hand to turn in the ball to give Sunderland the lead.
QPR challenge once more from another free-kick in a good area, but they fail to latch on to Townsend's delivery into the box.
Craig Gardner with an ambitious chance on goal from the right that Robert Green leaps high to gather.
Adam Johnson now looks to weave his way down the left and in towards the box, but the Hoops defenders instead force out of touch.
QPR still dominating the attacking play with Sunderland forced to set their defensive lines and remain vigilant.
Sessegnon working tirelessly down the right channel to earn his side an attacking throw-in inside the final third.
The Hoops still on the ball, this time Remy and Zamora looking to combine on the edge of the box, but the defence manage to clear the danger.
Hoilett, again, with an opportunity on goal, making space on his right foot from the left but swerving the ball wide of Simon Mignolet's far post.
Bobby Zamora looks for a free-kick out on the right after a run-in with O'Shea, but the referee waves play on.
John O'Shea hands QPR the first free-kick of the match for a studs-up challenge on Stephane Mbia, but the hosts fail to make much of it.
The Black Cats working the ball around at the back, before moving up the flanks through the likes of Stephane Sessegnon.
Big game for both teams. As a Sunderland fan, desperately hoping and expecting a win. This game could go either way but history suggests we should win. Jamie Cogle from Kent
Big game for QPR, another 6 pointer. I am hoping for a 2-0 win due to the form of Sunderland, however this should be a tight one, goals from Hoilett and Samba. I hope that Reading and Aston Villa draw too! Tom Blackwood
This is D Day for QPR . They must win and I think they will win it by 3-1. They have the players and the experience and today is the day that the front trio of Holiet, Remy and Zamora need to show their stuff. Come on your Rssss. Believe. Believe. Believe....... Conor Walsh in Boston
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The Black Cats are a bit of a bogey team for QPR, who haven't beaten them since 1991, but they are 2/1 outsiders to win today. Harry Redknapp's men will be aiming for back-to-back league wins for the first time this season (13/10), but after four 0-0 draws at Loftus Road in as many games, a goalless stalemate (10/1) could be worth a shout.
Bobby Zamora has shrugged off his injury niggles to take his spot up front alongside Loic Remy for the R's, but Wes Brown and Lee Cattermole miss out for Martin O'Neill's side. However, Danny Rose is fit to take up a spot on the bench for the Wearsiders.
The Black Cats are 14th on the Premier League table with 30 points, 10 more than the rock-bottom R's, but just six points above the drop zone.
The Hoops beat Southampton last weekend and are four points from relegation safety and should fancy their chances against a Sunderland side that has not won in five games, coming back from two goals down to draw 2-2 at home against Fulham.