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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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7 Norwich City 22 34
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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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