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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 Watford 45 88
2 Bournemouth 44 84
3 Middlesbrough 45 84
4 Norwich City 45 83
5 Ipswich Town 45 78
6 Derby County 45 77
7 Brentford 45 75
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 45 75
9 Blackburn Rovers 45 64
10 Charlton Athletic 45 60
11 Birmingham City 45 60
12 Nottingham Forest 45 59
13 Cardiff City 45 59
14 Sheffield Wednesday 45 59
15 Leeds United 45 55
16 Huddersfield Town 45 54
17 Fulham 45 52
18 Bolton Wanderers 44 51
19 Reading 44 47
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 45 46
21 Rotherham United 44 42
22 Millwall 45 41
23 Wigan Athletic 45 39
24 Blackpool 45 25

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