League One side Sunderland reached the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup for the first time in one of the close football scores midweek. After both sides found it tough to break each other down in regulation time, penalties would be the decider. The hosts had beaten Leyton Orient and Everton in penalties in the tournament so far but failed to repeat the feat against Sunderland. They only managed to convert one of their penalties with Yoann Barbet missing the decisive penalty. Aiden McGeady, Ross Stewart, and Alex Pritchard scored for the visitors.
QPR boss Mark Warburton: “I’ve just seen it [Austin’s disallowed goal]. What can I say without getting fined? It’s staggering to be that wrong on a major decision in a game of that importance. I was told it was immediately offside by the fourth official.” he added. “Having just seen the picture I’ve just seen, wow! It’s an appalling decision that has cost the club in all sorts of ways. In the picture I’ve just seen, we’re not talking about an inch or a marginal decision. It’s feet, between Charlie being onside and offside. Those types of decisions, you cannot get it wrong.”
Sunderland boss Lee Johnson: “I thought to bar a 20-minute spell in the first half we were worth the draw and the victory. In the second half we were the better side.” he added. “It’s a really good learning game for us and the atmosphere was unbelievable. I think our goalkeeper Lee Burge deserves a lot of plaudits tonight. I think this was our biggest test to date. It shows we’ve got spirit in the club.”
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