McNair comes to the rescue of Black Cats
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.”