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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 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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