Paddy McNair fires Sunderland through in EFL Cup

Paddy McNair fires Sunderland through in EFL Cup

Paddy McNair scored twice and Patrick van Aanholt returned to action as Sunderland beat QPR 2-1 to reach the fourth round of the EFL Cup.

Sandro put the home side in front on the hour with an impressive strike from just inside the area, after goalkeepers Matt Ingram and Jordan Pickford each made a number of fine saves in the first half.

McNair's brace, though, was enough to see the Premier League side progress.

Van Aanholt played the full game after he was left out of Sunderland's 1-0 defeat to Tottenham in the Premier League on Saturday at the last minute due to the results of heart tests.