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Stadium of Light (ATT 25,190) 2nd January 2010 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: N Swarbrick

Sunderland Sunderland vs Barrow Barrow

Sunderland 3

S Malbranque (17)
F Campbell (52, 58)

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Barrow 0

Campbell heads Cats home

Campbell heads brace to see-off non-leaguers

Last Updated: 02/01/10 5:24pm

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Campbell: Headed brace

Campbell: Headed brace

Fraizer Campbell headed a brace as Sunderland beat non-leaguers Barrow 3-0 at the Stadium of Light.

Steed Malbranque put the Black Cats ahead in the 17th minute with an eight-yard effort following an assist by Campbell.

Campbell then headed home Daryl Murphy's free-kick on 52 minutes before making sure of the win with his second header six minutes later - his first goals for three months.

The Blue Square Premier side had put the wind up Steve Bruce's men in a storming start which saw Phil Bolland, Paul Bond and Marc Goodfellow all come close.

But Malbranque's 17th-minute opener set the home side on their way in freezing conditions and Campbell's brace early in the second period saw the Premier League side home.

Campbell, whose only previous goal this season came in the Carling Cup against Birmingham in September, broke the hearts of around 8,000 away fans massed in the South Stand.

Dreaming

Barrow were dreaming of greater things in a stunning start with Goodfellow's first effort blocked by David Meyler in the box in the third minute.

Bond skidded a shot into home goalkeeper Marton Fulop's arms and the visitors came even closer in the ninth minute when captain Bolland hammered a 30-yard free-kick which Fulop tipped wide.

But Sunderland grabbed a barely deserved lead in the 17th minute when Campbell played a deft back-heel into the path of Malbranque, who swept home a low shot from eight yards.

Undaunted, Barrow continued looking bright and a deep cross from the busy Goodfellow almost fell at the feet of Bond inside the box, while in the 28th minute, Bond's long-range shot was held by Fulop.

Malbranque had a low effort saved by Tim Deasy and in first-half stoppage time Campbell also had a fine chance as he chipped over the keeper but saw his shot dribble wide.

Different story

The second half was a different story as the home side stepped up the pace against tiring opposition and secured the win.

The second goal arrived in the 52nd minute when Murphy swung in a free-kick from the left and Campbell directed a header past Deasy into the bottom corner.

Suddenly looking stretched, the visitors made their first change with Carlos Logan replacing Paul Rutherford, but Sunderland went further ahead on 58 minutes when Campbell nodded in a cross from the right by Phillip Bardsley.

Darren Bent had a shot saved by Deasy, Malbranque fired just over and Campbell was inches from deflecting home a Meyler strike which would have secured his hat-trick.

Deasy pulled off a magnificent point-blank save to deny Bent in the 68th minute and again three minutes later when he somehow tipped a drive against the bar.

Campbell miscued another hat-trick chance in the 84th minute when he headed high from close range as both managers took the chance to make a string of substitutions.

Sunderland substitute Ryan Noble then missed a golden opportunity late on when he cut into the box from the left and shot across the face of goal.

Their inevitable defeat did nothing to dampen the spirits of the Barrow fans - nor did the announcement that they faced a considerably longer journey home due to the closure of the A66.

SunderlandTeam NameBarrow
52%Possession48%
3Goals0
11Shots On Target5
12Shots Off Target2
1Blocked Shots2
11Corners6
12Fouls Conceded10
3Offsides2
3Yellow Cards2
0Red Cards0

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