Six things we learned from Sunderland 1 QPR 1: Jason Steele doesn't convince, Jonny Williams MUST start at Brentford

It is now 17 games and counting for Sunderland since they last won on home soil.

Saturday, 14th October 2017, 9:26 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 8:45 am
Sunderland go close.

The 1-1 draw with QPR at the Stadium of Light the latest points dropped on Wearside, with fans firmly fed-up with what they have to watch week in, week out at home.

Here's what we learned:

James Vaughan in action for Sunderland.

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Same old story for Sunderland.

Sunderland's blueprint for 2017 at home has been start well, miss good openings, concede and then spend the rest of the game chasing their tails.

And this game was of the same ilk. Credit to Sunderland for getting something from this game but this was two points dropped.

Sunderland have to be beating QPR at home. No two ways about it. The team that started and the players on the bench should have had enough over the 90 minutes.

Aiden McGeady curls home his equaliser. Pictures by Frank Reid.

Glut of mistakes cost Sunderland.

Sunderland did start well and carved out the better of the early chances, George Honeyman forcing a smart stop from Alex Smithies before Aiden McGeady inexplicably fired wide.

But their overall play was littered with mistakes, summed up by the QPR goal. Didier Ndong under no pressure at all headed behind for a corner, a corner from which Rangers took the lead.

It was all too easy, Idrissa Sylla beat James Vaughan easily in the air, Jason Steele was penned in on his goalline. Easy.

James Vaughan in action for Sunderland.

A touch of magic from McGeady rescued a point but Sunderland were unable to build any sustained pressure because of the amount of mistakes in possession.

Sunderland were spoilt with Jordan Pickford last season.

The Black Cats were relegated in spectacular fashion last season but there were some highlights including the performances of homegrown Jordan Pickford.

His distribution was pin-point, could pick out an attacker in the opposition final third with ease.

Aiden McGeady curls home his equaliser. Pictures by Frank Reid.

Jason Steele and Robbin Ruiter are not in the same class.

Steele made a couple of important stops second half but his distribution just invites pressure and groans from the home support.

His nervy performance doesn't inspire confidence to the defenders or those watching from the stands.

Adam Matthews endures off day.

One of the surprises of the season has been Adam Matthews' performances. Arguably one of the best defenders after returning from the cold, though the bar has been set very low. Matthews was poor against QPR.

Suffering from the affects of a knee knock from half-time onwards, Matthews was ironically cheered by the home support in the second half after misplacing one too many passes.

He wasn't the only one to be guilty of that but this was a game for him to forget quickly.

Donald Love was on the bench but Matthews was determined to continue. Credit to him for that but perhaps it would have been best had be been subbed.

Jonny Williams has to start against Brentford.

The Wales international helped turn the game in Sunderland's favour when he came off the bench 58 minutes in.

He was brave, actually wanted the ball, and kept coming deep to make sure he got it. Within three minutes Sunderland were level through a touch of McGeady magic.

Williams helps make Sunderland tick. Illness has prevented him making an impact in recent games but he impressed against QPR. He must start at Brentford.

Injury problems easing up front.

James Vaughan was poor against Ian Holloway's QPR side and it was no surprise to see him subbed at the break, with Lewis Grabban making a very welcome return from a hamstring injury.

Grabban has been out since the last-gasp defeat to Nottingham Forest in early September. Before McGeady's fourth of the season, Grabban had been joint-top scorer despite his spell on the sidelines.

His return and Duncan Watmore getting almost 80 minutes under his belt two huge pluses for under-fire Grayson, with Josh Maja closing in on a return too.