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Paddy McNair's delightful double has Sunderland boss David Moyes purring

By Robert Jones

Published 22/09/2016

Nice one: Paddy McNair after the first of his Sunderland double
Nice one: Paddy McNair after the first of his Sunderland double

David Moyes hailed Paddy McNair's finishing power after the Northern Ireland midfielder's brace sunk Queen's Park Rangers in the EFL League Cup.

McNair scored an own goal on his Sunderland debut in August, allowing Manchester City to celebrate a 2-1 Premier League win, but he picked the right end last night, netting both the Black Cats' goals in the 2-1 win at Loftus Road.

It was thought that McNair was bought as a defender when he signed from Manchester United in the summer, but Moyes is keen to move him further up the pitch.

The former United boss said: "There is some misconception with his position. He is an attacking midfielder, he started as a boy as a number 10.

"He is very much an attacking midfielder. We have seen in training he is a good finisher.

"I believe he is better moving up the pitch and tonight was good for him. I think he will go on to be a really good buy for us but he needs a bit of developing."

The visitors, who had fallen behind on the hour through a volley from QPR midfielder Sandro, will face Southampton at St Mary's in the next round and Moyes is hoping the win will give his players confidence.

He said: "We want to get a bit of momentum going. I hope it's the start of a run of games which gives us a bit of confidence and we get that winning feeling in the club.

"It was a good result for us. The players have been really resilient, they work really hard but I would like them to be more aggressive. It still isn't the way I want it but we need to use this and build on it.

"We need to go into the next games showing what we can do and play better. Tonight was the first win, it is not going to change the season but I am going to use it to get us moving up the league."

Elsewhere, Dimitri Payet scored a free-kick deep into injury time to earn West Ham a dramatic win against League Two Accrington Stanley.

The tie seemed to be heading for extra time before the France midfielder struck in the 96th minute. Payet, who started on the bench, lashed the ball over the wall to beat keeper Elliot Parish.

Stoke's misery continued as Markus Henriksen's late strike secured Hull a 2-1 come-from-behind victory at the Bet365 Stadium.

The Potters, on a four-match losing run in the Premier League and bottom of the table, had gone into this tie very much in need of a morale-boosting result.

And they appeared on their way towards that when Marko Arnautovic cracked the ball home in the 24th minute.

But they conceded when Ryan Mason marked his first Hull start with a volleyed finish just before half-time.

And Mark Hughes' men then ended up ruing missed opportunities as Tigers debutant Henriksen sent them crashing out, firing past Lee Grant in stoppage time.

Tammy Abraham scored a last-minute winner as Bristol City beat Fulham at Craven Cottage. Lucas Piazon headed Fulham into an early lead before Aaron Wilbraham levelled.

Fulham missed the chance to retake the lead when Cauley Woodrow had a penalty saved by Ivan Lucic. Callum O'Dowda's low cross then found Abraham to poke home City's second.

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