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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 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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