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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 Derby County 34 65
2 Middlesbrough 34 63
3 Norwich City 34 62
4 Watford 34 62
5 Bournemouth 34 60
6 Ipswich Town 34 60
7 Brentford 34 58
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 34 57
9 Nottingham Forest 34 50
10 Sheffield Wednesday 34 46
11 Blackburn Rovers 34 45
12 Charlton Athletic 34 42
13 Birmingham City 34 42
14 Huddersfield Town 34 42
15 Cardiff City 34 41
16 Leeds United 34 41
17 Bolton Wanderers 34 40
18 Reading 34 40
19 Fulham 34 39
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 34 37
21 Rotherham United 34 37
22 Millwall 34 31
23 Wigan Athletic 34 28
24 Blackpool 34 22

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