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Sunderland are finding that a big wage bill and Premier League experience counts for little in the Championship

Despite being blown out of the water when it came to transfer fees spent, the tentative hope that Sunderland could compete for a play-off spot this season came largely from the fact that their wage bill would remain one of the highest in the division.

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Lewis Grabban takes on QPR defender Joel Lynch in last weekend's 1-1 draw. Picture by Frank Reid

Lewis Grabban on Sunderland’s predicament and how Black Cats can turn around home form

After a promising start to the season for Sunderland, including three goals in the opening two games, on-loan Lewis Grabban’s injury came at the worst possible time.

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Jason Steele stands rooted as Sylla heads home for QPR.

Simon Grayson on Jason Steele ‘mistakes’ and criticism of Sunderland’s goalkeepers

Simon Grayson has defended his struggling goalkeepers after more criticism of summer signing Jason Steele.

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Key moment: Sunderland flier Aiden McGeady  rues his first-half miss against QPR. Picture by Frank Reid.

Stadium of Light expectation is now for failure and mistakes – time running out to lift it from its slumber

The concern is that even if, as QPR boss Ian Holloway suggested, Sunderland could find a way of putting back to back wins together, it would likely leave them no higher than 16th in the table.

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Robbie Stockdale offers help to Sunderland boss Simon Grayson.

Simon Grayson discusses fan boos and explains why Jonny Williams didn’t start QPR draw

Simon Grayson admits that his Sunderland players can be affected by the difficult atmosphere at the Stadium of Light.

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Sunderland went behind after conceding another poor goal

Sunderland 1-1 QPR: Atmosphere brought back from the brink but signs of revival remain few and far between

It is hard to understate the importance of Aiden McGeady’s fine goal, levelling the scores with half an hour to play.

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McGeady rescued Sunderland again with a fine goal

Sunderland 1-1 QPR: Player Ratings as Aiden McGeady rescues Black Cats from soft opening goal

Sunderland remain second bottom of the Championship after a 1-1 draw with QPR.

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Jones is set to step in at centre-back

Sunderland v QPR team news: Three centre-backs missing but Duncan Watmore starts

Simon Grayson's preparations for the crucial clash with QPR have been hit by injuries to three centre-backs.

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Sunderland's Jack Rodwell.

Simon Grayson on Jack Rodwell switching to centre-back and whether he can be Sunderland success there

Sunderland boss Simon Grayson backs Jack Rodwell’s decision to explore a potential centre-back berth, and is confident that time still remains on the former England international’s side.

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McKinlay (left), was assistant to David Moyes at Real Sociedad

Sunderland reshuffle backroom staff after Glynn Snodin illness

Sunderland scout Billy McKinlay will join Simon Grayson's backroom staff while assistant manager Glynn Snodin recovers from a period of ill health.
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QPR are missing four first choice defenders

QPR missing four defenders but Ian Holloway confident ahead of Sunderland clash

Former Sunderland loanee Nedum Onuoha is one of four QPR defenders missing for tomorrow's Championship clash.

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Williams could be in line for a recall to the starting XI

Simon Grayson's big Sunderland selection decisions and the XI he should pick to face QPR

While happy to talk up the quality of his returning players and his delight at having a multitude of attacking options available for arguably the first time since he took charge, Simon Grayson was eager not to present the returning Duncan Watmore, or any such player, as instant saviours of a flagging season.

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Lamine Kone watches from the bench at Preston. Picture by Frank Reid

Sunderland boss discusses Lamine Kone, John O’Shea and his centre-back options

Simon Grayson has backed Lamine Kone to fight his way back into the Sunderland team, but admits that he feels vindicated by John O’Shea’s performance at Preston.

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Lamine Kone was dropped for Sunderland's last match, at Preston. Picture by Frank Reid

Sunderland boss on dropping Lamine Kone and his centre-back options

Simon Grayson has backed Lamine Kone to fight his way back into the Sunderland team, but admits that he feels vindicated by John O’Shea’s performance at Preston.

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Sunderland AFC 2-0 Hertha Berlin Premiere League International Cup. Stadium of Light 10-10-2017 Picture by FRANK REID

Simon Grayson on Lewis Grabban’s return, plans for Josh Maja, Paddy McNair’s comeback and QPR team news

Simon Grayson says Lewis Grabban is close to a first team return and will provide a different dimension to the Sunderland attack.

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Duncan Watmore

Duncan Watmore on his best position and picking up tips from Jermain Defoe

Duncan Watmore feels he has lost none of his pace during his long injury lay-off, but admits playing with former team-mate Jermain Defoe has left him yearning to get back to working on his end product.

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Josh Maja

Josh Maja’s success could have far-reaching consequences for Sunderland’s Academy

When a youngster thrives in a pre-season setting, caution is always advisable.

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Why Simon Grayson will have been impressed with squad players and youngsters in U23 win

Why Simon Grayson will have been impressed with squad players and youngsters in U23 win

During their long lay-off together, Duncan Watmore admits he and Paddy McNair regularly replicated the one-two at QPR that helped pushed both firmly into the first-team thoughts of David Moyes last season.

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Jack Rodwell exploring possibility of rebooting Sunderland career at centre-back

Jack Rodwell exploring possibility of rebooting Sunderland career at centre-back

Jack Rodwell is exploring the possibility of rebooting his Sunderland career as a centre-back.

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McNair scored on his return from injury

Sunderland 2-0 Hertha BSC: Player ratings as Paddy McNair and Duncan Watmore continue comeback in U23 win

Paddy McNair marked his comeback from injury with a goal as Sunderland edged out Hertha Berlin in their first Premier League International Cup game.

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