Date: 12th March 2018 at 12:59am
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Following Saturday’s clash between Queens Park Rangers and Sunderland, here are the instant reactions from both managers.

Queens Park Rangers hosted Sunderland at Loftus Road on Saturday March 10, with the hosts taking a one nil victory on the day.

Eberechi Eze’s first senior Queens Park Rangers strike was enough to decide the points in what was largely a dour affair as he found the net just after the hour mark after Sunderland stopper Jason Steele was shown a straight red for handling outside of the area.

Sunderland’s relegation worries fail to ease and against QPR they failed to register a shot on target as they remain four points from safety with nine games remaining in their season and QPR did have another effort from Matt Smith ruled out for offside.

Teams:

QPR:

Smithies, Furlong, Onuoha, Robinson (Lynch 45), Bidwell, Luongo, Scowen, Freeman, Smyth (Osayi-Samuel 72), Smith, Eze (Manning 89).

Substitutes:

Cousins, Washington, Ingram, Wszolek.

Sunderland:

Steele, Matthews, Kone, O’Shea, Oviedo, Cattermole, Asoro (Camp 51), Williams (McGeady 30), Ejaria, Honeyman, Fletcher (Maja 87).

Substitutes:

Jones, McManaman, Gooch, Robson.

Speaking to the BBC’s cameras a short time after match day referee Robert Jones blew the final whistle, QPR manager Ian Holloway explained.

‘I’m delighted with the crowd, because we didn’t play very well, we didn’t get the right shape that they played and it caused problems – we thought they would be 3-4-3. We didn’t get booed off at half-time, when lots of times you would, and in the end we saw a young kid’s talent get us something out of nothing. It wasn’t the prettiest, but we’ll take that and I’m delighted the young lad is showing why I’ve put faith in him. What I need is the fans to stick with us, because in some games that stardust won’t show.’

Sunderland manager Chris Coleman in his comparative interview explained.

‘I’ve been here 21 games and that’s five games where we’ve been down to 10 men. You can see on everybody’s face ‘here we go again’ and people lose confidence then because they think we’re never going to get away from where we are. We conceded but didn’t fold – the one thing the team showed today I thought was a bit of personality. We were gritty and had a go but we’re lacking confidence clearly at both ends of the pitch, where it matters.’

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