QPR 0-0 Sunderland, Carabao Cup Fourth Round: report, ratings and verdict
Half Time: 0 - 0 Loftus Road ( Attendance: 15,372 (SUNDERLAND WIN 3-1 ON PENALTIES) )
QPR were dumped out of the Carabao Cup 3-1 on penalties by League One side Sunderland after a goalless draw at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.
The visitors nearly opened the scoring in the third minute when Leon Dajaku’s shot was well saved by QPR goalkeeper Seny Dieng, before Daniel Neil tested his luck from range shortly afterwards.
QPR grew into the game though and had their first opportunity through Yoann Barbet’s volleyed effort in the 13th minute, forcing a low save from Lee Burge.
And the Sunderland keeper was nearly called into action again when Ilias Chair’s cross was turned onto the roof of the net by his own defender Frederik Alves just five minutes before half-time.
The second-half was a tentative affair with the opening chance coming in the 66th minute, when substitute Charlie Austin thumped a ferocious volley just past the top-right corner.
The hosts then thought they’d snatched a late winner after Albert Adomah and Austin combined to put the ball in the back of the net, only for it to be abruptly ruled out for offside.
It meant the game would be decided by penalties with misses from Austin, Chair and Barbet seeing QPR exit the competition.
Check out all the key talking points and reaction from London Football Scene below…
Charlie Austin thought he’d secured QPR a place in the Quarter-Finals late on, only to be denied by a rather questionable offside call.
Moan of the Match
QPR were cut open far too many times by their League One opponents as Sunderland’s wingers found a lot of joy in behind the Hoops’ full-backs.
QPR should’ve breezed past Sunderland, fielding a strong side at home with a lot at stake. Where did it go wrong for them?
Man of the Match
Luke Amos – a tireless performance in the middle of the park, partnered with two attacking midfielders Amos did the dirty work for QPR.
Tweet of the Match
Keith Stroud (Hampshire) – strict officiating from the referee caused a lot of frustration from both sets of fans.
The 2,700 travelling Sunderland fans made sure their voices were heard throughout the game.
After a poor performance away against Peterborough at the weekend, it was a disappointing response from Mark Warburton’s side tonight who should have had the game dead and buried within 90 minutes.
Dieng; Dickie, de Wijs, Barbet; Kakay (Adomah, 72), Amos (Duke-McKenna, 84), Chair, Willock (Dozzell, 73), Odubajo; Dykes, Gray (Austin, 62)
Subs not used:
Archer, Drewe, Dunne, Ball, Johansen
Burge; Winchester, Alves (Doyle, 69), Wright, Hume (Cirkin, 24); Neil, Evans (O’Brien, 65); Gooch (McGeady, 64), O’Nien, Dajaku (Pritchard, 69); Stewart
Subs not used:
Hoffmann, Flanagan, Wearne, Harris
Gooch, O’Nien, Stewart