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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 Derby County 13 26
2 Watford 13 25
3 Middlesbrough 13 23
4 Wolverhampton Wanderers 13 23
5 Norwich City 13 22
6 Nottingham Forest 13 22
7 Charlton Athletic 14 22
8 Bournemouth 13 21
9 Ipswich Town 13 20
10 Cardiff City 13 19
11 Blackburn Rovers 13 19
12 Brentford 13 19
13 Sheffield Wednesday 13 18
14 Rotherham United 13 16
15 Leeds United 13 16
16 Huddersfield Town 13 16
17 Reading 13 15
18 Millwall 13 14
19 Fulham 14 14
20 Wigan Athletic 13 12
21 Brighton and Hove Albion 13 12
22 Birmingham City 13 11
23 Bolton Wanderers 13 8
24 Blackpool 13 6

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