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Stadium of Light (ATT 25,258) 15th March 2005 - Kick off 20:00 Ref: M Cowburn

S'land Sunderland vs Plymouth Argyle Plymouth

S'land 5

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Sunderland march on

By James Pearson.   Last Updated: 15/03/05 10:35pm

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Sunderland began slowly against Plymouth Argyle before running out comfortable 5-1 winners at the Stadium of Light.

The Pilgrims came into the game with confidence after their emphatic win over Brighton at the weekend and caused problems early on.

However, once Dean Whitehead broke the deadlock after 31 minutes there would be only one winner.

Julio Arca capped his return to the side with a goal before Marcus Stewart scored from the penalty spot after he was fouled in the box.

The home side opted for a more conservative approach to the second half, but that did not stop Steve Caldwell adding a fourth with a back post header.

Plymouth refused to lie down and pulled one back when Scott Taylor fired home from the edge of the box to give the visiting faithful something to cheer about.

However, Sunderland had the final say and Sean Thornton capped a fire performance with his superb run and finish sealing a good performance from Mick McCarthy's side.

Matches

Table

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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