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McNair brace wins cup tie for Sunderland

Sunderland's Paddy McNair (right) scores his side's first goal of the game. Credit: John Walton/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Two goals from Sunderland's Paddy McNair has seen Sunderland into the fourth round of the EFL Cup competition.

The Black Cats faced Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road in the third round of the contest on Wednesday evening.

After a goalless first half, the match came alive when QPR's Sandros scored the opener on the hour-mark.

However he wasn't going to spoil the night for travelling Sunderland fans, thanks to two goals from McNair - in the 70th and 80th minutes.

QPR statement on Barton assault

Queen Park Rangers spokesman Ian Taylor said:

"Joey Barton was involved in an incident in Liverpool city centre in the early hours of Monday morning.

"Barton was on his way home from a night out with his girlfriend when two men sang offensive chants and then proceeded to hit the Rs midfielder.

"Police were immediately on the scene and arrested one man.

"Barton decided not to press charges and left the scene with his girlfriend soon after.

"The club will be making no further comment."

– Ian Taylor, QPR spokesman

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