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Stadium of Light (ATT 27,147) 3rd January 2005 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: M Atkinson

S'land Sunderland vs Gillingham Gillingham

Gills frustrate Black Cats

By Andy Clarke.   Last Updated: 03/01/05 5:30pm

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Sunderland missed the chance to move above Wigan into second place in The Championship as they were held to a 1-1 draw by struggling Gillingham.

The Black Cats had lost two of their previous three games as their promotion bid falters and they suffered an early setback when they fell behind to Darius Henderson's goal.

Chris Brown soon equalised for Mick McCarthy's side, but they were unable to find the winner which would have put them back into second place, two points clear of Paul Jewell's Wigan.

Gillingham, who extended their unbeaten run to three games, took advantage of a bright start to take the lead after 14 minutes, when former Sunderland striker Darren Byfield crossed for Henderson to head in.

Their lead lasted only four minutes, however, as George McCartney went on a jinking run down the left before crossing for Brown to turn in the equaliser.

Byfield had been denied an early goal by a combination of Thomas Myhre and Gary Breen and Sean Thornton had a goal disallowed for offside, but there were few chances in a tight match.

Sunderland were let off the hook when Richard Rose, found in space by Matt Jarvis, fired over the bar and Jarvis then sent in a teasing cross which Byfield failed to connect with.

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 39 73
2 Watford 39 72
3 Middlesbrough 39 72
4 Norwich City 39 70
5 Derby County 39 67
6 Ipswich Town 39 67
7 Brentford 39 66
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 39 65
9 Nottingham Forest 39 57
10 Blackburn Rovers 39 54
11 Charlton Athletic 39 54
12 Sheffield Wednesday 39 53
13 Leeds United 39 52
14 Cardiff City 39 51
15 Birmingham City 38 47
16 Brighton and Hove Albion 39 45
17 Bolton Wanderers 39 45
18 Huddersfield Town 39 44
19 Reading 38 44
20 Fulham 39 43
21 Rotherham United 39 40
22 Wigan Athletic 39 35
23 Millwall 39 33
24 Blackpool 39 23

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