QPR came from behind to record a crucial win at home to Sunderland.
Queens Park Rangers came from behind to beat Sunderland 3-1 at Loftus Road on Saturday with Andros Townsend’s stunning strike setting the West London outfit on the way to a precious three points.
It looked set to be another long afternoon for QPR when Steven Fletcher put Sunderland in front 20 minutes in, but Loic Remy took advantage of a lucky break of the ball to equalise 10 minutes later.
Townsend, who is on loan from Tottenham Hotspur, then put the home side in front 20 minutes from the end with a brilliant left-footed volley from 25 yards that dipped into Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet’s top right-hand corner.
It was Townsend’s first Premier League goal, and there was more to come for the hosts as Jermaine Jenas volleyed home in the final minute to wrap up the points.
This was just their second home win of the campaign but, following on from their 2-1 victory at Southampton last weekend, QPR appear to be finding some consistency in the nick of time.
However, they remain bottom of the table and are still four points from safety after Aston Villa’s victory at Reading.
Sunderland, meanwhile, have now gone six Premier League games without a win and remain too close to the danger zone for comfort.
Seeking to pick up where they left off last weekend, QPR started brightly and came close to taking the lead inside four minutes when Junior Hoilett drilled a shot just wide of the far post.
Nevertheless, when the deadlock was broken, it was the visiting fans who were celebrating.
After Mignolet had punched away a QPR set-piece delivery, Sunderland broke quickly, with Stephane Sessegnon crossing from the right to the back post, where Adam Johnson took the ball down and drove back across goal for Fletcher to tap in.
It was the Scottish striker’s 11th league goal of the campaign.
QPR did not let their heads go down after that and were back level on the half-hour mark thanks to a goal that was a combination of luck and good finishing.
A Townsend shot came off the legs of John O’Shea into the path of Remy, who slotted expertly past Mignolet for his third goal in five games since moving to English football.
Now with a spring in their step, Remy squandered two more decent chances to put QPR in front before half-time before Stephane Mbia called Mignolet into action from range.
In the end, the all-important second goal did not arrive until past the midway point in the second half, but it was worth the wait.
After Sunderland failed to fully clear their lines, Townsend chested the ball down and beat Mignolet to open his account in the top flight.
Jenas then made sure of the win in the 90th minute with a volley that was also impressively executed.
Again the visitors failed to clear, this time from a QPR flag-kick, and the former Spurs midfielder fired low into Mignolet’s left-hand corner as the Hoops made it back-to-back Premier League wins for the first time since December 1995.