Queens Park Rangers 1 Sunderland 0: Ebere Eze strike helps QPR beat 10-man Black Cats

PUBLISHED: 17:34 10 March 2018 | UPDATED: 17:34 10 March 2018

QPR's Ebere Eze scores his side's first goal of the game during the Sky Bet Championship match at Loftus Road, London (pic: Yui Mok/PA)

QPR's Ebere Eze scores his side's first goal of the game during the Sky Bet Championship match at Loftus Road, London (pic: Yui Mok/PA)

PA Wire/PA Images

Sky Bet Championship: Queens Park Rangers (Eze 62) Sunderland 0

Sunderland goalkeeper Jason Steele is shown the red card by the referee during the Sky Bet Championship match at Loftus Road, London (pic: Yui Mok/PA)Sunderland goalkeeper Jason Steele is shown the red card by the referee during the Sky Bet Championship match at Loftus Road, London (pic: Yui Mok/PA)

Sunderland goalkeeper Jason Steele was sent off as his side’s relegation worries worsened with a 1-0 defeat by QPR at Loftus Road, where Ebere Eze netted a second-half winner.

Teenage forward Eze, making his first league start for the R’s, scored after 62 minutes with a nicely-taken goal which also involved a touch of good fortune.

The 19-year-old turned away from Lee Cattermole and passed to Matt Smith, whose mis-control inadvertently resulted in him nudging the ball back into the path of Eze, who slotted past stand-in keeper Lee Camp.

Sunderland, bottom of the Sky Bet Championship table, have now not won in nine matches and have won just one of their last 12.

The match swung away from them after Steele was sent off four minutes into the second half following an horrendous error.

Attempting to prevent Darnell Furlong’s punt forward reaching Paul Smyth, Steele raced from his line and misjudged the bounce of the ball.

Stranded five yards outside his penalty area, Steele reached over his head and used his hand to divert the ball away from Smyth, denying the Rangers youngster what would have been a simple tap in.

Referee Rob Jones duly produced the red card, prompting Sunderland boss Chris Coleman to send former QPR man Camp on in place of forward Joel Asoro.

Josh Scowen clipped the resulting free-kick over the bar - and the 10 men of Sunderland then almost went in front.

Joel Lynch, on as a half-time substitute, cleared Ashley Fletcher’s goal-bound header from Adam Matthews’ left-wing cross - although he almost headed into his own net in the process.

Rangers responded strongly to that scare, with Camp saving a shot from Smyth and Jake Bidwell crossing for Smith to head wide before Eze eventually broke the deadlock.

Target man Smith missed a great chance to double Rangers’ lead, shooting straight at Camp after being put through by Luke Freeman.

Camp then saved Furlong’s header from Freeman’s left-wing corner and pushed away a curling effort from substitute Bright Osayi-Samuel.

And Smith had a late goal disallowed for offside when he nodded in from a yard out after Camp had failed to gather Freeman’s corner.

Latest Kilburn & Brent Stories

Yesterday, 18:00

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Norwegian announced today a partnership that sees the award-winning airline named presenting partner of the NBA London Game 2019.

Yesterday, 16:00

Stones beat Beavers 2-1 at Grosvenor Vale on Saturday

Yesterday, 13:29

The draw for the first qualifying round of the FA Trophy has been made

Yesterday, 10:00

Pete Carroll would relish a return to Wembley after his Seattle Seahawks received a rapturous reception in a 27-3 victory over the Oakland Raiders.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Harrow collected three points on their travels with this emphatic win in Somerset after superb strikes from wing-backs George Moore and Ryan Haugh and a stand-out display from goalkeeper Hafed Al-Droubi.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Hendon bounced back from the disappointment of their Wednesday night FA Cup exit at Chippenham with a come-from-behind victory over Hartley Wintney on Non-League Day, a win that lifted them to second in the Evo-Stik Southern League South Premier Division.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Wealdstone ground out a narrow win to beat Hampton & Richmond in a terrific encounter on Non-League Day, with the win taking the Stones up to fourth place.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

.This response is typical of the sort of excuse that Brent’s planners come up with, writes Philip Grant, Kingsbury (full address supplied), in response to an e-mail from Brent Council’s planning team about his Wembley Stadium concerns (“Stadium view is vanishing”, Times):


A new community centre, The Yellow, opens in Wembley Park in the heart of the Brent community. From October 1, the hub will offer a selection of arts and fitness classes, many of which will be free.

The Granville has begun taking bookings for workspaces and events ahead of its opening this spring.

Brent Clinical Commissioning Group has announced changes to the community’s cardiology service.

Newsletter Sign Up

Kilburn Times twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read Kilburn sport

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Brent & Kilburn Times
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now