Caretaker boss Chris Ramsey presided over QPR’s first Premier League away win of the season as chairman Tony Fernandes closed in on his new manager.
Hours before kick-off Fernandes revealed his hope that he had got his man, sending Michael Laudrup’s odds tumbling, and spirits within the camp soared, with first-half goals from Leroy Fer and Bobby Zamora setting the club on their way to three points on the road after 11 successive defeats.
The 2-0 success was QPR’s first win away from Loftus Road since their play-off final victory over Derby at Wembley on May 24 last year.
However, it took two fine saves by goalkeeper Rob Green to deny first Connor Wickham and then Jermain Defoe either side of half-time to preserve the clean sheet and deny Sunderland a way back into the game.
Gus Poyet’s men were dreadful for much of the game and even the in-form Defoe could not get them out of jail as they succumbed to the same opposition for the second time this season.
Pantilimon, Reveillere (Brown 63), Vergini, O’Shea, Van Aanholt, Larsson, Bridcutt, Gomez (Alvarez 46), Johnson, Defoe, Wickham (Fletcher 82).
Green, Isla (Doughty 85), Ferdinand, Caulker, Yun, Henry, Barton, Phillips (Wright-Phillips 52), Fer (Zarate 75), Kranjcar, Zamora.