That's the whistle, a goalless draw and the boos ring out from the home fans. Redknapp's reign starts with a shut-out, only their second this season. A start.
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Sunderland - Queens Park Rangers
Premier League - 28 November 2012
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In the penultimate minute of stoppage time - the news is that Villa have scored against Reading, 10mins left in that one.
Bosingwa with a surging run forward but under pressure from Rose he runs it out. Goal kick.
Excellent cross from McClean and little Sessegnon flies in, great leap, but it skims off his head and away!
Sessegnon with another poor decision, playing it too wide of Colback whose cross is poor.
Rose smashes a poor shot high and wide from the edge of the box. For me he's been man of the match though - the left-back has attacked and defended well.
Mackie to Cisse, nice flick to Granero, he plays in Wright-Phillips who turns and fires in the shot but saved easily by Mignolet, who was well placed.
McClean weaves in and out on the left before putting a cross in but Fletcher's knock on is poor.
Redknapp with the four fingers as he yells instructions. Still not sure what that means.
Sessegnon on the right but Traore tracks back and exploits the Benin man's tendency to overplay it and clears. Should have crossed!
The corner is cleared and now Sunderland break - Fletcher can't win the high ball with Hill though.
Traore wins a corner for QPR after O'Neill went spare over the ball crossing the line but no throw given.
Finally Mackie is booked for chopping down Rose.
Larsson's long-range shot is saved by Green after Sunderland had appeals for a penalty waved away. Fletcher's flick hit Nelsen's head so utter nonsense.
Sunderland on the move now but a possible route in down the right is not exploited as Bardsley gets the fear and plays it backwards.
Mackie takes down a long ball from Hill nicely but, on the turn, is tackled by Kilgallon.
Fletcher tries to turn Nelsen but the Kiwi blocks it for a throw. QPR take Taarabt off for Wright-Phillips.
QPR with a spell on the ball now but Sunderland have everyone back and the visitors can't get it in the box.
Dangerous cross from Rose across the face of goal, but no-one even made a run for the edge of the six-yard box. Poor, from Fletcher in particular who is supposed to operate there. Not like QPR had a high line or anything.
Rose dusts himself off to take it, high and long but headed away by Nelsen.
Mackie with another foul, on Rose again, and again no card.
Cisse on the left with a dipping cross that Sunderland can't clear properly, but Larsson gets back and is able to play it away.
Colback flies in with a volley on the edge of the box but it's blocked and QPR clear.
Johnson picks it up on the right but he fails to deliver a cross. He's had a poor game. And that's the end of it - he is taken off for McClean.
Fletcher is standing over this, not sure he's the best option.... Indeed Gardner takes it but poor, low, into the wall. I'd have gone for Larsson, surely?
Hill is adamant it was a dive but he left his leg in, a cynical tackle. Just suck it up man!
Taarabt puts the corner in but Sunderland can clear. Sessegnon runs it away, now Johnson to Fletcher but Rose looks backwards to Larsson, who gives it away. Now Colback is on it and he skips away from Hill, who hacks him down on the edge of the box!
Now QPR have a free-kick on the right edge of the box as the match finally picks up a gear. Headed behind by Bardsley for another corner.
Corner to QPR now as Mackie runs at Rose and plays the cross off him. Better from both sides now.
Apologies for the keeper boo-boo there. Got excited.
QPR SUB: Park replaces Diakite.
WHAT A SAVE BY GREEN! Superb save to keep out Fletcher's bullet header from Larsson's corner! One-handed and he somehow grabs the loose ball!
Corner to the hosts as Johnson finally runs at the QPR defenders.
Taarabt's free-kick is flicked on by Granero and kicked clear by Mignolet as the ball dropped very quickly - flag up for offside anyway.
Yellow card to Gardner for obstructing Traore after he knocked the ball past him.
This match is not televised and it's little better. More scrappy play from both sides.
My esteemed colleague Sean Fay says there has not been a televised goal in British top-flight football for three and a half matches. He refers to Reading's match at Aston Villa, which is goalless at half-time.
Gardner with a low cross that causes all kinds of problems but a brave Green dives in at the feet of Fletcher to punch clear, getting a boot in the head.
Now a free-kick to Sunderland, who have done very little since the restart. On the left, Larsson to swing it in... Poor, headed clear by Diakite. Now Bardsley shoots, deflected, corner.
Diakite is booked for his fourth foul, according to the ref, clumsy into the back of Rose.
Taarabt is caught late by Rose after he played the ball into the box, no whistle and no appeals other than from Taarabt as the ball had long gone. Ref decides he played for it after messing up his pass.
Taarabt shoots from a very long way out and easily blocked.
QPR don't use the free-kick well enough and it's back with Sunderland. Frustrating.
Very late by Cuellar on Traore and the Spaniard is booked. Hefty challenge.
Sessegnon tries to go on a mazy run but he overplays it somewhat and QPR clear.
Good cross from Traore that Granero meets with a header but easy for the keeper Mignolet.
Mackie does well to win a throw off Rose on QPR's right.
The first half ended promisingly - no sign yet that this will continue.
The second half is underway.
QPR SUB: Cesar has suffered a groin problem, so the former Brazil no1 is replaced by the former England no1.
Half-time and it's goalless. Not the greatest game.
M'Bia has picked up a knock but seems ok to continue.
The corner from Taarabt is a good one, Nelsen with a towering header but easy fo Mignolet.
Corner QPR after a cross from Bosingwa was headed behind by Kilgallon.
Rose again is the main outlet for the Black Cats but Fletcher's shot is poor.
Possession still favouring the visitors, who are on 54%. Both sides with eight efforts on goal.
The corner is met by Gardner flying in through the rain but his header is well wide.
GREAT SAVE CESAR! Fletcher got through from the left after a nice ball in from Johnson, but the Brazilian batted it away at the near post.
QPR attacking in waves now and when Sunderland get it away they are let down by the ball, Johnson's pass too long for Rose.
That was a great triple chance, although it was tough for Taarabt with the rebounds as there were bodies lined up to block. Mackie should have scored.
Somehow QPR fail to score as Mackie is sent clean through, Mignolet saving at his feet and Taarabt twice blocked by defenders as he tried to finish with the loose ball!
Rose is Sunderland's standout player so far as he races down the left, although Bosingwa gets back well to clear.
Fletcher on the left finds Rose, he sweeps it to the right for Bardsley to elects to shoot from a long way out when the cross was far better an option. Poor decision.
Nice turn by Granero but the pass inside for Taarabt is poor.
Free-kick to QPR now just inside the hosts' half. Taken short as they look for possession.
Long ball aimed for Mackie but Rose spots the danger, coming across to put him off. Goal kick to Sunderland.
Rose on the left beats one man but then overcooks his next touch, allowing Cesar to claim.
All very scrappy now as a Sunderland attack breaks down, Nelsen gets it back to Cesar, who clears.
Bosingwa with a hanging cross that Bardsley scuffs clear. Taarabt puts it back in but cleared again.
Larsson and Gardner are both over this free-kick, on the left corner of the box... Gardner drills it in low and it hits the wall, indeed his own player Cuellar.
Sunderland break, Rose on the left and he cuts inside only to be chopped down by Diakite. Free-kick.
Corner to QPR, taken short by Taarabt but it amounts to nothing. More threatening is M'Bia's cross from the right but it just evades Mackie and Taarabt.
Vital interception from Hill sliding to meet Fletcher's dinked cross as I think Gardner would have got there.
Taarabt with a late tackle on Colback but the ref shows his leniency by not carding him.
Sessegnon volleys into the ground and wide after a poor headed clearance by Hill.
Sunderland are looking a touch more confident in possession now as the build patiently.
High and wide from Cisse, who smashed a rising drive from the edge of the D. Decent effort but a yard or two wide.
The corner is swung in by Larsson but cleared by QPR. Sunderland have five players who can take a good set piece - they should score more from them!
This time Johnson sends in a very good ball, Cuellar rising highest and his header is tipped over by Cesar! Corner.
Sunderland have a free-kick on the right after a fairly nondescript couple of minutes.
QPR have had 56% of the ball early on. They're certainly looking more dangerous.
Sunderland clear and the break could be on as Sessegnon runs all the way to the edge of the box, wide to Fletcher, now wide to Johnson but a poor cross from the England winger.
Good save Mignolet! A low finish from Cisse aimed for the bottom right, from the edge of the box, after a nice lay-off by Granero. QPR Corner.
Strong run forward by Rose down the left and a fine cross but Sunderland are slow to react and Cesar gets there befoe Sessegnon.
M'Bia forced to clear behind for a Sunderland corner. They rarely get corners you know. Larsson over it... Easy for Cesar.
Taarabt comes away with the ball, finding Traore on the left wing but Cuellar clears his low cross for a corner. A poor ball from the Moroccan, cleared at the near post.
Diakite trips Johnson on the Sunderland left. Cuellar and co. move up for the free-kick but it's taken short.
SUNDERLAND SUB: Colback replaces Cattermole, who walks off unaided but clearly has a knee problem.
Oh dear. Cattermole did well to return from a knee injury and, after a 50-50 tackle with M'Bia earlier, he is struggling and will come off.
Gardner scored against West Brom with a free-kick but this one swerves well wide.
Nelsen is the latest QPR player to be lucky to avoid a booking after lunging in late on Fletcher.
Far-post cross from Taarabt on the inside right and it lands for Cisse unmarked but he heads wide from an angle. Half a chance.
Play resumes with a Sunderland free-kick but Rose is still limping... Long ball aimed for Gardner running in but he's offside on the right.
Mackie with a high tackle on Rose but no card - naughty one that!
The first half is underway!
Those nuggets from our pals at Opta hardly bode for a cracking match do they? @ahmaddana1 thinks "it will be a 1-1 draw, Cisse and Fletcher the goal scorers". What do you reckon? Let me know on Twitter @Reda_Eurosport.
FACTS: Sunderland’s average points rate of 1.05 is the lowest of any team to have played more than 300 Premier League games. The Black Cats have won only two of their last 20 Premier League games (D11 L7). The last team to have as bad a top-flight record as QPR after 13 games are Sheffield United in 1990-91 (W0 D4 L9 – four points). They ended up avoiding relegation.
FACTS: Sunderland have won seven and lost none of the last 10 matches in all competitions against QPR. Stephane Sessegnon scored in both games against QPR last season. QPR’s total of four points from 13 games is the worst ever start in Premier League history.
Andre Marriner is tonight's ref. In all comps he's had 11 matches this season, showing two reds and 38 yellows. Last season he reffed QPR's worst ever Prem defeat, 6-0 to Fulham.
What do you predict? Is 'Arry the right man for the job? Should O'Neill quit Sunderland? Let me know on Twitter @Reda_Eurosport.
William Hill's odds - Sunderland 13/10, QPR 21/10 Draw 9/4 - represent a slight shortening on a QPR win, reflecting the Redknapp effect one supposes, and the absence of O'Shea.
Harry Redknapp: "We've got to do better to give ourselves any chance of getting out of this mess. I need 11 people with ability to put effort in. If they don't they're not going to play and I'll get 11 people who do. I've got no time for people who lose the ball and stand their with hands in the air. The lads I met yesterday were all upbeat. They've got to realise they are in this position because they haven't really performed to their capabilities and they've got to do better."
Martin O'Neill: "We have a lot of work to do, we accept that. What I don't want is players getting concerned and worried because we have lost the last couple of games here and suddenly everybody is against us."
Park Ji-sung and Jose Bosingwa are back from a knee injury and virus respectively, but Bobby Zamora (hip) and Andrew Johnson (knee) are longer-term concerns. Park is on the bench, Bosingwa starts. Keiron Dyer cannot play twice in a week so is out of the squad, Esteban Granero in for him, while Samba Diakite replaces Alejandro Faurlin in midfield. Sean Derry makes way for Stephane M'Bia, who moves into midfield to accomodate Bosingwa. Three changes in total.
Sunderland lose John O'Shea to a calf injury then, but skipper Lee Cattermole makes the XI after recovering from a knee injury. Matt Kilgallon comes in for O'Shea, with the only other change seeing Craig Gardner replace Jack Colback after scoring in the 4-2 defeat to West Brom.
TEAMS - Sunderland: Mignolet, Bardsley, Rose, Kilgallon, Cuellar, Cattermole, Gardner, Larsson, Johnson, Sessegnon, Fletcher; Subs: Campbell, Colback, Vaughan, Bramble, McClean, Saha, Westwood /// QPR: Cesar, Bosingwa, Traore, Hill, Nelsen, Mbia, Diakite, Granero, Taarabt, Mackie, Cisse; Subs: Green, Derry, Ferdinand, Park, Wright-Phillips, Fabio, Hoilett
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- C. Gardner(78': L. Saha)
- A. Johnson(70': J. McClean)
- S. Larsson
- L. Cattermole(7': J. Colback)
- S. Sessegnon