QPR 2 Sunderland 3: Brown plunders late winner as O’Neill celebrates second victory

Sunderland's Wes Brown celebrates scoring the winning goal.
Sunderland's Wes Brown celebrates scoring the winning goal.
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WES Brown's last minute header earned Sunderland a victory at Loftus Road - just when it looked like they had gifted QPR a Barclays Premier League point.

Sunderland were 2-0 up and in control courtesy of goals from Nicklas Bendtner and Stephane Sessegnon when slack defending allowed QPR back into the game with goals from Heidar Helguson and Jamie Mackie.

Sunderland's Lee Cattermole (right) and Queens Park Rangers' Joey Barton battle for the ball.

Sunderland's Lee Cattermole (right) and Queens Park Rangers' Joey Barton battle for the ball.

Goalkeeper Paddy Kenny kept it 2-2 with two magnificent saves but he was powerless to prevent Brown clinching the victory for Sunderland with a header from Kieran Richardson's corner.

Having battled their way back to level terms, QPR had Kenny to thank for keeping it that way until the last minute with two magnificent acrobatic saves.

Craig Gardner had Bendtner available but tried to curl his shot inside the far post - only to see Kenny palm his effort around the post.

Sunderland still had more pace about them in attack and Sessegnon almost picked out Richardson with a reverse ball before Phil Bardsley was denied by more Kenny acrobatics.

But neither Kenny nor Faurlin on the line could do anything to deny Brown, who met Richardson's corner and directed his header inside the far post.

* Full match report, analysis and exclusive reaction in Thursday’s Sunderland Echo