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Stadium of Light (ATT 23,925) 2nd November 2004 - Kick off 20:00 Ref: A Leake

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Lawrence double sinks Wolves

By Andy Clarke.   Last Updated: 02/11/04 9:50pm

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Sunderland are up to third place in The Championship after coming from behind to beat managerless Wolves 3-1 at The Stadium of Light.

Kenny Miller had put the struggling visitors ahead early on, but Sunderland hit back with three stunning second half goals to maintain their unbeaten home record.

Liam Lawrence, who had opened his account for The Black Cats in Saturday's 2-0 win over Brighton, scored two of them, levelling in spectacular fashion and then volleying in the third after Stephen Elliott had scored the goal of the night.

Wolves began with the kind of commitment and purpose they lacked in their tame defeat at Gillingham at the weekend which cost manager Dave Jones his job.

Kevin Cooper had already shot a yard wide of Thomas Myhre's goal with the first meaningful effort of the night before Miller put them ahead on 18 minutes.

Mikkel Bischoff, the defender on loan from Manchester City, was the provider, intercepting a loose ball from Carl Robinson on the edge of his own area before exchanging passes with Shaun Newton and clipping a smart ball into Miller's feet.

The Scotland international still had work to do, but he turned away from Steven Caldwell's challenge before curling a right-foot shot around Myhre for his eighth goal of the season.

Sunderland threatened an equaliser soon after, when Robinson's header was tipped onto the bar by Michael Oakes and the same player then had another headed effort cleared off the line by Shaun Newton, but their challenge only really sparked into life after the interval.

Lawrence drew them level with a goal out of nothing on 57 minutes, lifting a right-foot shot around and over Oakes into the top corner from the left edge of the penalty area.

Ten minutes later they were ahead, courtesy of another magical goal. Julio Arca played a low ball into the feet of Elliott and the Republic of Ireland man flicked the ball up with his left foot before turning and crashing a volley in off the bar in one movement.

Arca was again the provider when Lawrence set the seal on Sunderland's win, skipping to the byline before lifting a cross to the far post where Lawrence scored with a crisp right-foot volley.

 

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Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 24 48
2 Ipswich Town 23 44
3 Middlesbrough 24 43
4 Derby County 23 42
5 Watford 24 41
6 Brentford 24 40
7 Norwich City 24 37
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 24 37
9 Blackburn Rovers 24 35
10 Nottingham Forest 24 31
11 Charlton Athletic 23 31
12 Cardiff City 24 31
13 Sheffield Wednesday 23 31
14 Birmingham City 24 31
15 Bolton Wanderers 24 29
16 Reading 24 29
17 Fulham 23 28
18 Huddersfield Town 24 28
19 Rotherham United 24 26
20 Leeds United 23 24
21 Millwall 24 23
22 Wigan Athletic 23 20
23 Brighton and Hove Albion 23 20
24 Blackpool 24 14

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