Is Joey Barton, that seasoned master of self-promotion, really up to life back in the Premier League? That was my question to a Queens Park Rangers supporter before Sunderland visited for a game that turned out to have endless energy but only limited quality.
His response -- that Barton, in summary, is "a good captain provided he plays the game simply rather than attempting 40-yard Hollywood passes" -- seemed a reasonable appraisal after Barton made the difference, and helped to make the wi...
Charlie Austin eased QPR into life without Loic Remy by ending the Loftus Road club's new-season goal drought in a 1-0 Premier League victory over Sunderland.
The former Burnley striker bagged his first Premier League goal to end Rangers' 315-minute scoring drought in their fourth clash of the new campaign.
Harry Redknapp's men were desperate for both goals and points after successive defeats to Hull, Tottenham and Burton, and had Austin to thank for a thumping first-half finish.
The more condescending kind of Manchester United supporter, unaware of what was about to happen in the League Cup at MK Dons, saw the visit to Sunderland last weekend as one of their "easy" games.
United were fortunate to get away from the Stadium of Light with a point.
Perhaps the worst approach Gus Poyet's team could take to Saturday's match at Queens Park Rangers would be that this is, in turn, one of the "easy" games of Sunderland's season.
It did seem that way back in March 2013, b...