Sunderland fans react on Twitter to Ricky Alvarez's performance against QPR

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Sunderland fans took to Twitter on Tuesday night to have their say on Ricky Alvarez's impact in the 2-0 defeat to Queens Park Rangers.

Sunderland’s Twitter-based faithful were far from pleased on Tuesday night after seeing their side fall to a 2-0 home defeat to fellow strugglers Queens Park Rangers.

QPR took the lead in the 17th-minute when Leroy Fer met Matty Phillips' cross to head past Costel Pantillimon, before Bobby Zamora doubled their lead just before the break to seal the visitors their first away win of the season.

Sunderland, who have won one of their past eight Premier League games, now sit just two points above the relegation zone, and manager Gus Poyet admits they remain in a battle to avoid the drop.

“It was not a great start. Everything was planned to start very fast, but we didn't find a way to do the right things,” he told the BBC after the match.

"We went forward and we had crosses and we had chances and we had penalty appeals. The boys tried everything possible, but what we had done in the first 20 minutes was just too expensive and we paid the price. Rob Green had a fantastic game.

"It doesn't change my thoughts [about the relegation battle]. Anyone who thinks they are safe because they have 30 points already is very wrong."

There was nevertheless one key positive Sunderland could take from the match in the performance of Ricky Alvarez, who came on at half-time to deliver another impressive showing.

Replacing Jordi Gomez, the Argentine playmaker injected some much-needed pace and urgency into the side to leave fans wondering why he has not been starting on a more regular basis.

The Inter Milan loanee has made just three starts in 10 top-flight games since arriving at the Stadium of Light in the summer but, after another solid showing to follow last week’s man of the match display in the FA Cup win over Fulham, the general sentiment seems to be that Poyet needs to give him an extended run in the line-up.

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