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Stadium of Light (ATT 31,723) 21st November 2004 - Kick off 13:00 Ref: J Robinson

S'land Sunderland vs Ipswich Town Ipswich

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Black Cats bag big win

By Simon Fudge.   Last Updated: 21/11/04 1:23pm

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Sunderland have moved to third in The Championship following a well-deserved 2-0 home victory over second place Ipswich Town.

Second half goals from Stephen Elliott (pictured) and substitute Chris Brown pulled Mick McCarthy's men to within reaching distance of the automatic promotion places in the table, as Ipswich missed the chance to go top following defeat.

On a wet day at The Stadium of Light, both sides showed their commitment to get forward in the first half.

In the early stages, Sunderland's George McCartney caused a scare in the Ipswich box with a dangerous low cross that whipped across the face of Kelvin Davis's goal from the left.

Moments later, the visitors missed a great opportunity themselves when Ian Westlake mis-hit his attempted byline cut-back to waiting team-mates in front of the Sunderland goal.

In fact, Ipswich failed to really test Black Cats goalkeeper Thomas Myhre, with the Norwegian international saving easily from Dean Bowditch's curling strike while Darren Bent hit his left-footed attempt woefully across the face of goal from the edge of Sunderland's box.

It was Davis, who was the busier of the two custodians by the half time break, as he made good saves from McCartney at his feet while tipping over Darren Carter's fine volley from the edge of the box.

Marcus Stewart went close himself for the Wearsiders, but he steered Jeff Whitley's left footed cross from the right wide of the far post with his left foot, as it remained goalless at the break.

The second half saw McCarthy introduce Liam Lawrence for the injured Whitley and the former Mansfield Town hit-man's presence gave the home side more attacking threat.

It was Davis again who denied Carter with a fine diving stop to his close-range strike after McCartney set him up in the box.

Sunderland were on top at this stage and their dominance was soon rewarded on the hour mark, as Lawrence's corner from the right came off Brown before Elliott reacted instinctively to back heel the ball into the net for 1-0.

Sunderland continued to pressure the visitors, with Elliott flicking Stephen Caldwell's header over the bar from another Lawrence corner on the right while Lawrence himself shot high and wide from a tight angle.

However, the North East club scored a well-deserved second goal with a quarter hour remaining, as Carter took a Lawrence pass before running into the Ipswich box and squaring a pass across goal to Brown, who easily finished with a side foot strike for 2-0.

Another substitute in Michael Bridges went close in the dying stages with a strike into the side-netting, but it made little difference to the outcome, as The Black Cats took three huge points off their promotion rivals on Sunday while Ipswich saw their 10-match unbeaten run come to an abrupt end.

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1 Bournemouth 22 42
2 Ipswich Town 22 41
3 Brentford 22 40
4 Middlesbrough 22 39
5 Derby County 22 39
6 Watford 22 38
7 Norwich City 22 34
8 Blackburn Rovers 22 34
9 Nottingham Forest 22 31
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers 22 31
11 Cardiff City 22 30
12 Charlton Athletic 22 30
13 Fulham 22 28
14 Sheffield Wednesday 22 28
15 Birmingham City 22 28
16 Bolton Wanderers 22 26
17 Reading 22 25
18 Leeds United 22 24
19 Rotherham United 22 24
20 Huddersfield Town 22 24
21 Millwall 22 23
22 Brighton and Hove Albion 22 19
23 Wigan Athletic 22 17
24 Blackpool 22 13

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