Sunderland old boys Djibril Cisse and Nedum Onuoha had an afternoon to forget on their return to Wearside as struggling QPR went down 3-1.
Trailing to Nicklas Bendtner's 41st-minute header, the visitors' hopes of launching another fightback were dealt a major blow when Cisse was sent off for an ugly 55th-minute challenge on Fraizer Campbell, his second dismissal in just his fifth appearance for the club.
The Black Cats took full advantage with James McClean adding a second 20 minutes from time with the benefit of an Onuoha deflection. And Stephane Sessegnon marked his return from suspension with a third six minutes later before Taye Taiwo superbly converted a late free-kick for the visitors.
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