Sunderland have jumped to eighth on the table courtesy of a 3-1 victory over QPR at the Stadium of Light.
Twenty minutes from time, McClean turned scorer when he was able to hammer home after his initial effort was blocked by Luke Young before the returning Stephane Sessegnon slid home David Vaughan's low cross to wrap up proceedings in the 76th minute.
QPR managed to get one back when left-back Taye Taiwo opened his Premier League scoring account with a sublime finish from a dead ball situation but there was not late finish aka the 2-1 home win over Liverpool on Wednesday.
It was a massive fall from grace for Mark Hughes' side who fell back into the drop zone after the midweek victory whilst Martin O'Neill guided his charges to just their second win in their past six outings.
Stadium of Light, Sunderland