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Newz Forum: SOCCER: Coca Coca Championship result's 10/08/04

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posted on Aug, 10 2004 @ 08:40 PM
Sunderland bounced back from their surprise defeat to Coventry on the opening day of the Coca-Cola Championship season to beat Crewe 3-1 on Tuesday night.

The Black Cats took the lead through Carl Robinson in the 12th minute when the Wales international chested down a free-kick and volleyed home with the aid of a deflection. Marcus Stewart and Jeff Whitley both missed easy chances to add a second and the Wearsiders' wastefulness was fully punished when Mark Rivers was on hand to slot in Dean Ashton's 43rd-minute cross. Mick McCarthy's men got back in front midway through the second half however as Stewart made amends for his earlier miss to apply a near-post finish to Kevin Kyle's centre from the left. The result was put beyond any doubt by Stephen Elliott's 90th-minute strike.

Wigan are one of five teams on four points, one point above the Black Cats, as they were good value for a 2-0 win over last season's FA Cup finalists Millwall. The Latics got the goal they had been threatening in the 51st minute when Lee McCulloch headed them in front at The Den and Jason Roberts hit a sucker-punch second to kill off the Lions. Paul Jewell's men now have four points from two games.

Coventry lost 2-1 at Cardiff after letting a lead slip. Republic of Ireland international Graham Barrett put the Sky Blues 1-0 up in the 29th minute from Bjarni Gudjonsson's corner after Robert Earnshaw had hit the post for the hosts. Earnshaw could not be denied in the 54th minute however when he swivelled and fired in John Robinson's right-wing cross to end a run of eight competitive club games without a goal. Lennie Lawrence's men were ahead seven minutes later when another Robinson delivery was headed in by summer signing Lee Bullock.

West Ham are another side on four points after Teddy Sheringham's first goal for the Hammers with nine minutes left was enough to see off Reading at Upton Park.

Gillingham secured a 2-1 win over Leeds in the first-ever league meeting between the sides at the Priestfield Stadium. Darren Byfield cut in from the right and fired in a deflected left-footed shot after three minutes. The former Aston Villa and Walsall striker almost added a second when he hit the crossbar with a lob over goalkeeper Neil Sullivan. The Gills did double their lead shortly before the break when player-coach Iwan Roberts turned in a low cross and despite Danny Pugh halving the deficit with 10 minutes to go, the Kent men hung on.

Plymouth won the battle of the promoted sides against Brighton at the Withdean Stadium with a 2-0 triumph. Argyle forged ahead after 10 minutes when Paul Wotton's long-range shot was too hot for goalkeeper Michel Kuipers to hold and Danny Cullip put through his own goal in the ensuing scramble. The visitors claimed their second on the stroke of half-time when Wotton drilled in a penalty after Daniel Harding fouled Marino Keith in the area.

Sheffield United were held to their second successive goalless draw at home to Stoke, who claimed a point despite the second-half dismissal of Gifton Noel-Williams.

Rotherham and Burnley, who drew their first matches on Saturday, took a point each from their goalless draw at Millmoor.

Source: Sporting Life

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