Last Updated: 27/11/12 9:44pm
So the goalless draw leaves Sunderland perilously close to the bottom three, while rock-bottom QPR remain cut adrift. But I feel there will be more positives for Harry Redknapp to take from his first game in charge than there were for his Sunderland counterpart Martin O'Neill. Thanks for tuning in and I hope you've enjoyed the coverage. Bye!
Indeed it does finish 0-0 as referee Andre Marriner blows for full-time. And the whistle is greeted by a cacophony of boos from the home crowd.
Moments left and it looks to be petering out to a goalless draw - which I'm sure Harry Redknapp won't be too disappointed with.
Wright-Phillips threatens to carve open the Sunderland defence but Kilgallon produces a magnificent tackle to dispossess the QPR man.
Better decision-making by Sessegnon who flings himself towards McClean's far-post cross. But he cannot divert the ball to test Green.
More wastefulness from Sessegnon who picks the wrong option again by going for goal instead of delivering in to the box.
CHANCE! Quick break from QPR sees Mackie slip Wright-Phillips in to a promising position inside the home box. But Mignolet is equal to the former England winger's low shot with a one-handed stop.
McClean twists and turns on the left flank before doing superbly well to deliver a deep cross. But Colback cannot control in the box and QPR escape.
Play continues as Traore wins a corner. But QPR fail to threaten from the set-piece as Cuellar gets a vital touch before the hosts clear.
Larsson's low shot is saved by Green before QPR attack after dubiously getting away with not conceding a throw-in. O'Neill is livid.
Big shout for a penalty as Fletcher tries to flick the ball over Nelsen in the QPR box. Referee Marriner shakes his head in rejection of the Scot's appeal and the replays prove he is right as the ball hit Nelsen's shoulder.
Frank Robertson via email: "Reading your commentary from Dubai, it is getting really hard to be inspired by the Sunderland set up. Things must change for the better in January. Bent and Henderson maybe?"
Now it is O'Neill's turn to make a switch - and it's an attacking one. Craig Gardner is replaced by Louis Saha, who played under Redknapp at Tottenham last season remember.
But that is Taarabt's last bit of action. He is replaced by Shaun Wright-Phillips and the Moroccan gets a pat on the back from Redknapp for his efforts.
A painful one for Taarabt, who gets a pair of Sunderland studs raked down the back of his ankle. Happily he is back on his feet and fit to continue.
Cracking delivery by Rose from the left touchline behind the QPR defence. But not a single one of his team-mates gambles and the chance is lost.
Confidence looks to have evaporated from Sunderland as they struggle to make in-roads behind the QPR defence.
Pressure from Sunderland as Colback's half-volley is charged down by the Hoops defence before Taarabt brings out the ball.
Martin O'Neill has seen enough from his players out there and decides to make a change. it is Adam Johnson who is hooked and he is replaced by James McClean in a like-for-like swap.
And Granero's curling delivery towards the far post, where Nelsen lurks, is headed clear under pressure by Bardsley.
Park is instantly in the thick of things, winning a free-kick in a promising position to the right of the home penalty box.
Here's South Korea star Park, who unsurprisingly replaces Diakite. The Mali midfielder is walking a disciplinary tightrope so it is a sensible decision from Redknapp.
CHANCE! And the set-piece nearly provides a goal. Green produces a terrific one-handed stop to claw out Fletcher's powerful downward header.
Traore wins a free-kick down the left and the delivery is cleared by Mignolet - although the flag had already been raised against an offside Mackie.
QPR midfielder Mbia thumps a fierce effort wide of Mignolet's right-hand post after a one-two with Diakite. Decent effort.
His foul gives away a free-kick in a dangerous position which is wasted by Larsson. But it falls to Bardsley whose long-range shot wins a corner.
Diakite seems to be a walking booking - and he could count himself fortunate to avoid another yellow after fouling Johnson.
Nice build-up play from Taarabt who played a neat one-two with Mackie before he is taken out by Rose on the edge of the area. Taarabt appeals for a foul but it is ignored by referee Marriner.
First booking of the evening goes to Sunderland defender Carlos Cuellar. And it's no surprise. Traore was flying into the home half when he was dumped to the ground in a crunching tackle from the Spaniard.
Sessegnon cuts in from the left and tries to dance his way through the Hoops penalty box before being dispossessed. Bit guilty of trying to do too much there.
Little to report from the opening moments of the second half before Traore's left wing cross is headed towards the Sunderland goal by Granero. Not enough power to stretch Mignoloet though.
Joseph Lio via email: "Goalless draw, both managers will be keen to make sure they get a clean sheet after this past weekends defeats!"
It appears Julio Cesar picked up a groin injury while making the save at the end of the first half from Fletcher. Not the first substitution Harry would have been hoping to make in first as QPR boss.
Sunderland get the game underway as QPR make a half-time change. England keeper Rob Green replaces Julio Cesar.
Jonny Green on Twitter: "Come on you Hoops, more of the same and we can win this! So happy with 'arry."
Frederik Damgaard, from Karlslunde in Denmark, via email: "As a QPR fan I am happy to see Redknapp taking charge. But the players lack confidence, except Adel Taarabt. But Sunderland are also lacking confidence, I hope QPR will clinch it late on with a Taarabt strike. Up the R's."
John Spalding on Twitter: "Hoping Sunderland keep applying the pressure and get the goal to make them feel more confident as a team. Sunderland to win 2-0."
So people, what do we make of the first half? Let me know your thoughts and second-half predictions by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @J_Jurejko.
Referee Andre Marriner blows his whistle to signal the end of a tense first half at the Stadium of Light. QPR have been the slightly better side, but both teams created good chances in the final stages.
Taarabt's corner picks out Nelsen who meets the ball with a towering leap. But the big Kiwi cannot get enough power to trouble Mignolet.
QPR burst forward agin with Sunderland's defence far too deep. Mackie lifts a right-wing cross to the far post and Bardsley brilliantly heads clear under intense pressure.
CHANCE! Sunderland's best effort. Fletcher races on to a nice reverse pass from Johnson and his powerful left-foot shot is beaten clear by Cesar.
Another burst from Rose as he tries valiantly to make something happen. The on-loan Spurs man has been the match's stand-out performer so far in my opinion.
Sunderland survive the best opportunity so far - is that the spark we need for this game to burst into life?
CHANCE! Mackie bursts through on goal but sees his shot blocked by the sprawling Mignolet. And Taarabt's follow-up is blocked as Sunderland scramble clear.
Rose bursts down the left again as he looks to make something happen for Sunderland. Ultimately it comes to nothing as the ball goes out for a goal-kick but he is afforded a generous round of applause from the home fans for his efforts.
Rose switches play from left to right as Bardsley gallops forward. He has plenty of team-mates in the box but decides to shoot towards goal. And predictably the defender's effort flies far over Cesar's bar. Wasteful.
The atmosphere goes a little quiet around the Stadium of Light as the anxious home crowd take stock of their side's performance.
Rose tries to make something happen down the left as he chases his own ball into the box. Nelsen comes across though and allows Cesar to collect.
Plenty of endeavour from both sides but, as you would expect from two struggling teams, the quality is failing to match their effort.
Bosingwa finds room on the right touchline after a quick QPR free-kick. But his deep cross is dealt with by Bardsley as Sunderland survive.
The Sunderland vocal support increases as 'Sing your hearts for the lad' rings around the Stadium of Light.
Gardner and Larsson bothe stand over the ball and it is the former who strikes it into the QPR defence before the visitors clear.
Rose gets illegally dumped on to the turf in a dangerous place just outside the QPR box. Sunderland free-kick.
More QPR pressure ends in Mbia flashing a fierce right-wing ball across the Sunderland goal. But none of his team-mates are close to getting a vital touch.
Clumsy tackle by Taarabt hands Sunderland a free-kick just inside the QPR half. Not known for his tackling is the Moroccan.
A loose ball drops to Sessegnon on the edge of the QPR area and he goes for the spectacular. We know he's capable of those, but it doesn't pay off this evening and bobbles harmlessly wide.
Conor Lusted þon Twitter: "Optimistic now that 'Arry is in charge. Honestly think that we have a real chance of surviving. Been a while since I said that."
Cisse looks very lively against his former club as he thunders another shot just past Mignolet's right-hand post. The Frenchman puts his hands to his face as he realises how close that effort was.
Beautiful inswinging delivery from Johnson is met by Cuellar, whose header loops on to the roof of the QPR net.
First save of the match - and it is Mignolet who is called into action. Cisse tries to curl into the far corner and the Belgian stopper flings himself low to his left to push around the post.
But they do win a corner from Mbia, although it comes to nothing as Johnson's set-piece goes straight into the hands of Julio Cesar.
That's a blow for Sunderland, who look disorganised in the opening stages following Cattermole's withdrawal and Rose's early knock.
It was a gamble that has not paid off for O'Neill and Sunderland. Cattermole, who started despite not being expected to play, hobbles off after aggravating the same knee he injured against West Brom. Jack Colback replaces him.
It's a long way out but Gardner fancies his chances. However, his swerving set-piece flies well wide of the QPR goal.
Steven Fletcher is hauled down by Ryan Nelsen about 30 yards from the QPR goal. Very lucky not to be booked.
Half chance for QPR as Taarabt delightfully picks out ex-Sunderland striker Cisse at the far post. But he cannot get enough power on the header to trouble Mignolet.
Danny Rose took a huge whack from QPR's Jamie Mackie in the early moments and looks to be struggling. Not ideal for Sunderland.
Conor Wells on Twitter: "Best of luck to Harry for tonight, he needs to win now or QPR are going to struggle."
We're underway as QPR, wearing black armbands in memory of ex-boss Dave Sexton, who died aged 82 over the weekend, kick off the game.
Here's Houdini Harry, as QPR fans will be hoping to call him. He warmly wraps his arm around Sunderland counterpart O'Neill as the pair walk down the tunnel, before taking his place in the away dugout.
Both sets of players emerge from the tunnel and go through the familiar pre-match handshakes.There are a few nervous faces as they go through the formalities - and I'm not surprised with plenty riding on the game.
The last time I covered a Sunderland game it was called off because of a waterlogged pitch. And that was in August. Now we're in the middle of heavy November rainfall and it has been belting down on Wearside today. But I'm happy to report that the Stadium of Light pitch looks in good nick and there are no problems as the players gather in the tunnel.
Fancy a last-minute flutter on tonight's match? Well luckily for you, Sky Bet's Steve Bramley has got all the lowdown on the latest odds. He says: "QPR have been well backed to win their first game under the leadership of Harry Redknapp at 15/8. Sunderland, who came in from 8/1 to 11/2 in our relegation betting after their defeat at the weekend, are the 7/5 favourites, with manager Martin O'Neill currently the favourite in our next Premier League manager to go market."
Grant Barclay via email: "If Sunderland do not win this game then surely its time that Martin O'Neill gets the sack. The team has gone backwards since Steve Bruce got the sack and in my opinion O'Neill should be the next Manager to go. I don't understand why he gets so highly thought of as a manager?" Do we agree with Grant?
And Redknapp's QPR: Cesar, Bosingwa, Mbia, Nelsen, Hill, Granero, Diakite, Traore, Taarabt, Mackie, Cisse. Subs: Green, Derry, Ferdinand, Park, Wright-Phillips, Fabio, Hoilett.
Here's the full Sunderland side: Mignolet, Bardsley, Rose, Kilgallon, Cuellar, Cattermole, Gardner, Larsson, Johnson, Sessegnon, Fletcher. Subs: Campbell, Colback, Vaughan, Bramble, McClean, Saha, Westwood.
Skipper Lee Cattermole surprisingly does play for Sunderland, despite being expected to be out for a number of weeks after picking up a knee injury in Saturday's 4-2 defeat by West Bromwich Albion. So there's two changes for Martin O'Neill with injured defender John O'Shea replaced by Matthew Kilgallon and midfielder Craig Gardner coming in for Jack Colback who drops to the bench.
So Redknapp makes three changes from the side which led 1-0 at Manchester United before succumbing to a 3-1 defeat aginst the league leaders. He watched that game from the Old Trafford stands and decides to draft Jose Bosingwa, Samba Diakite and Esteban Granero into his first Rangers starting XI.
Rock-bottom QPR are still searching for their first Premier League win of the season after making a dismal start under Hughes. But let's not forget that Sunderland are desperate for three points too. Black Cats boss Martin O'Neill is coming under increasing pressure with his fifth-bottom team just two points clear of the relegation zone. They have won only one of their last seven matches and O'Neill was forced to deny Twitter rumours that he had offered his resignation following Saturday's 4-2 home defeat by West Bromwich Albion. Where have Sunderland's problems been? Can O'Neill revive their fortunes? Get in touch by email or Twitter.
One man's name is on the lips of everyone tonight - and that man is Harry Redknapp. The ex-Tottenham boss takes charge of the Hoops for the first time tonight since being appointed as Mark Hughes's successor. He says steering the west London club away from relegation is going to be his "toughest challenge yet". Do you agree? What does 'Arry have to do to improve QPR's results? Let me know by emailing email@example.com or via Twitter @J_Jurejko. I'll publish a selection of the best comments.