McNair comes to the res­cue of Black Cats

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports - BY KIERAN GILL/

David Moyes wanted Sun­der­land to get back to win­ning ways ahead of their clash with Crys­tal Palace this week­end and sum­mer sign­ing Paddy McNair turned out to be his un­likely saviour. Two se­cond-half strikes from the for­mer Manch­ester United player saw Sun­der­land come from be­hind to beat QPR af­ter it looked like it was go­ing to be one of those nights for Moyes.

For­mer Tot­ten­ham mid­fielder San­dro gave the Cham­pi­onship club the lead in the 60th minute but the Pre­mier League side re­fused to sur­ren­der.

Sun­der­land had won only once since May un­der Moyes and this trip to Lof­tus Road was a way to right a few wrongs.

Thank­fully for him, they did with goals in the 70th and 80th min­utes from McNair, and they will face Southamp­ton in the fourth round of the EFL Cup next.

This wasn’t as one-sided but this win was just as sweet for Sun­der­land’s man­ager, who will now turn his at­ten­tion to the visit of Palace in the Pre­mier League on Satur­day.

Moyes said af­ter­wards: ‘ We needed this win as much as any­body. We wanted to get a bit of mo­men­tum go­ing. I hope it’s the start of a run to get us to the fi­nal but also a bit of be­lief, get­ting that win­ning feel­ing around the club, a bit of con­fi­dence.

“We need to go into the next few games with con­fi­dence.”

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