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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

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Watford 45 88
2 Bournemouth 44 84
3 Middlesbrough 44 84
4 Norwich City 44 82
5 Derby County 44 76
6 Ipswich Town 44 75
7 Brentford 44 72
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 44 72
9 Blackburn Rovers 44 63
10 Charlton Athletic 44 60
11 Nottingham Forest 44 59
12 Sheffield Wednesday 45 59
13 Birmingham City 44 57
14 Cardiff City 44 56
15 Leeds United 45 55
16 Huddersfield Town 44 53
17 Bolton Wanderers 44 51
18 Fulham 44 49
19 Reading 43 47
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 45 46
21 Rotherham United 43 41
22 Millwall 44 40
23 Wigan Athletic 44 39
24 Blackpool 44 25

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