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Boleyn Ground (ATT 33,482) 29th April 2005 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: R Beeby

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S'land 2

Black Cats clinch title

By James Pearson.   Last Updated: 29/04/05 9:40pm

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Sunderland have clinched the Championship title following a superb come-from-behind 2-1 victory over West Ham at Upton Park.

The Hammers had the better opening half and led thanks to Marlon Harewood, but second half efforts from Julio Arca and Stephen Elliott turned the contest around.

The result leaves Alan Pardew's side still battling for a play-off spot with former Reading who are level on points with the East London outfit.

The contest began at a frantic pace and the visitors thought they had made the early breakthrough only for the goal to be rightly disallowed for offside.

Julio Arca's pinpoint cross picked out Dean Whitehead who forced James Walker into a fantastic save only for Chris Brown to stab home the rebound, but he was stood in an offside position.

A superb Ben Alnwick save kept the home side at bay shortly after when he palmed over Harewood's stinging drive from a well-worked free kick.

West Ham finally broke the deadlock just before the interval thanks in part to a sublime run from left winger Matthew Etherington.

The former Tottenham winger left Black Cats defenders for dead before playing in Harewood who lashed home past Alnwick off the inside of the post.

Mick McCarthy's side came out all guns blazing and were on level terms just six minutes after the interval through Arca.

The Argentine was on hand to stab home from close range when Elliot Ward's block beat Walker leaving the home side with their head in their hands.

West Ham continued to create chances but Hayden Mullins firstly fired over after being set up by Harewood with the former Crystal Palace man lashing his shot wide after Sergei Rebrov's free kick was blocked.

With the game entering the closing stages of the game substitute Elliott was perfectly placed to fire past Walker for his 15th goal of the season.

Despite a frantic finale and four minutes of injury time, McCarthy's side hung on for the points that clinch the title for the North East outfit.

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West Ham 1-2 Sunderland

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 27 51
2 Derby County 27 51
3 Middlesbrough 27 50
4 Ipswich Town 27 50
5 Brentford 27 49
6 Watford 27 47
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 27 44
8 Norwich City 27 43
9 Sheffield Wednesday 27 38
10 Blackburn Rovers 27 36
11 Birmingham City 27 36
12 Nottingham Forest 27 34
13 Cardiff City 27 34
14 Fulham 27 34
15 Huddersfield Town 27 34
16 Bolton Wanderers 27 33
17 Charlton Athletic 27 32
18 Reading 27 31
19 Brighton and Hove Albion 27 29
20 Leeds United 27 29
21 Rotherham United 27 29
22 Millwall 27 24
23 Wigan Athletic 27 21
24 Blackpool 27 17

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