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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 46 90
2 Watford 46 89
3 Norwich City 46 86
4 Middlesbrough 46 85
5 Brentford 46 78
6 Ipswich Town 46 78
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 78
8 Derby County 46 77
9 Blackburn Rovers 46 67
10 Birmingham City 46 63
11 Cardiff City 46 62
12 Charlton Athletic 46 60
13 Sheffield Wednesday 46 60
14 Nottingham Forest 46 59
15 Leeds United 46 56
16 Huddersfield Town 46 55
17 Fulham 46 52
18 Bolton Wanderers 46 51
19 Reading 46 50
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 46 47
21 Rotherham United 46 46
22 Millwall 46 41
23 Wigan Athletic 46 39
24 Blackpool 46 26

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