Belfast Telegraph

Brown hands Black Cats vital win

Wes Brown's last-minute header earned Sunderland a 3-2 victory at Loftus Road - just when it looked like they had gifted QPR a Barclays Premier League point.

Sunderland were 2-0 up and in control courtesy of goals from Nicklas Bendtner and Stephane Sessegnon when slack defending allowed QPR back into the game with goals from Heidar Helguson and Jamie Mackie.

Goalkeeper Paddy Kenny kept it 2-2 with two magnificent saves but he was powerless to prevent Brown clinching the victory for Sunderland with a header from Kieran Richardson's corner.

Bendtner had already hit the post with a stooping header from Sebastian Larsson's free-kick when he put Sunderland ahead.

Sunderland won a corner and Bendtner muscled past Matthew Connolly to meet Richardson's delivery from the the right-hand side with a powerful near-post header.

Alejandro Faurlin combined well with Armand Traore down the left to force a corner but Helguson's header went straight at Sunderland keeper Keiren Westwood.

Daniel Gabbidon then misjudged a header and Sessegnon latched onto the ball and rounded Kenny to fire Sunderland 2-0 and seemingly seal the win. But from nowhere QPR hit back. Westwood and Brown failed to deal with Faurlin's cross and Helguson bundled it home.

Four minutes later, Helguson turned provider, heading the ball down for Mackie to score his first goal since breaking his leg in January.

Sunderland still had more pace about them in attack and Sessegnon almost picked out Richardson with a reverse ball before Phil Bardsley was denied by more Kenny acrobatics.

But neither Kenny nor Faurlin on the line could do anything to deny Brown, who met Richardson's corner and directed his header inside the far post.

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