Mar 24 2012 By Jacob Murtagh
Sunderland 3-1 QPR
DJIBRIL Cisse was sent-off for the second time in four games as QPR's survival blows suffered a massive blow with defeat at the Stadium of Light.
The French frontman, who had scored two in as many matches since his return from suspension, saw red for a two-footed tackle on Frazier Campbell as goals from Nicklas Bendtner, James McClean and Stephane Sessegnon consigned them to a miserable afternoon on Wearside.
Boss Mark Hughes made two changes to the side that beat Liverpool in midweek, with Jamie Mackie preferred to skipper Joey Barton and Taye Taiwo replacing the injured Armand Traore.
QPR had an early let off when Jack Colback fluffed his lines in front of goal, while the Sunderland midfielder flashed an effort wide of Paddy Kenny's right post moments later.
At the other end, Cisse failed to connect after being picked out by Bobby Zamora, while the former Fulham frontman fired an effort over the top.
However, Rangers were behind five minutes before the break when Bendtner got between Taiwo and Anton Ferdinand to head home McClean's cross from the left.
Sunderland almost doubled their lead early in the second-half when Craig Gardner's thumping free-kick bounced off the underside of the bar to safety.
But disaster struck for the visitors moments later when Cisse saw red for a rash challenge on Campbell.
Things went from bad to worse for QPR minutes later as McClean's effort deflected off Nedum Onuoha and wrong-footed Kenny to double Sunderland's lead.
The hosts wrapped up the points with a third 15 minutes from time when David Vaughan crossed for Sessegnon to slot home.
Rangers pulled one back through Taiwo's stunning free-kick, but it was too little, too late.
QPR: Kenny, Young, Ferdinand, Onuoha, Taiwo, Mackie, Derry, Diakite (Buzsaky 52), Taarabt, Zamora (Bothroyd 82), Cisse.
Subs (not used): Cerny, Hill, Gabbidon, Barton, Wright-Phillips.
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