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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
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 13 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 Wigan Athletic 13 12
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 13 12
21 Birmingham City 13 11
22 Fulham 13 11
23 Bolton Wanderers 13 8
24 Blackpool 13 6

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