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Last Updated: Tuesday, 6 April, 2004, 20:46 GMT 21:46 UK
Wimbledon 1-2 Sunderland
Sunderland's win condemned Wimbledon to Division Two next season
Wimbledon were relegated to the Second Division as Sunderland bounced back from their FA Cup semi-final defeat.

The Dons avoided relegation with a shock win at Wigan on Saturday but still needed a win to stay up.

Marcus Stewart headed Sunderland ahead on the stroke of half-time, but Malvin Kamara struck a fine volley from Jermaine Darlington's cross to level.

It was not enough as Darren Byfield stroked the ball home after being set up by George McCartney to seal the win.

The Milton Keynes club, relegated from the Premiership in 2000 became the first team in the Nationwide league to be relegated or promoted.

Sunderland, who still have hopes of automatic promotion, made five changes to the side that lost to Millwall in the FA Cup semi-finals.

Kevin Kyle, substituted on Sunday, squandered a host of chances, heading Matt Piper's cross, then side-footing wide after being set up by Stewart.

He was also denied by a superb goalline clearance by Dons defender Harry Ntimban-Zeh.

Stewart's goal put the visitors in command, but the Dons levelled against the run of play midway through the second half.

Mart Poom had no chance with Kamara's clinical volley.

Sunderland should have re-taken the lead shortly after, but Julio Arca's cross was headed against the bar by Carl Robinson.

Wade Small fired over for the Dons as they pressed, but Sunderland clinched the points in the 73rd minute.

Arca passed to George McCartney, who cut the ball back to Byfield and the former Rotherham marksman stroked the ball home to seal Wimbledon's fate.


Wimbledon: Bevan, Oyedele, Ntimban-Zeh, Williams, Lewington, Darlington, Smith, Chorley, Puncheon, Gray, Mackie.
Subs: Small, Martin, Gier, Kamara, Harding.

Sunderland: Poom, Williams, Breen, Bjorklund, McCartney, Piper, Robinson, Thirlwell, Arca, Kyle, Stewart.
Subs: Tommy Smith, Thornton, Byfield, Babb, Myhre.

Referee: S Mathieson (Cheshire)


The Coca-Cola Football League Championship Table
30 January 2010 19:21
    P GD PTS
1 Newcastle 27 27 56
2 Nottm Forest 28 23 52

3 West Brom 27 26 50
4 Cardiff 27 22 45
5 Swansea 27 3 42
6 Sheff Utd 27 4 41

7 Blackpool 27 10 40
8 Leicester 26 2 39
9 Middlesbrough 28 7 37
10 Bristol City 27 -4 36
11 Preston 26 -2 35
12 QPR 27 -4 34
13 Doncaster 26 -1 33
14 Coventry 28 -8 33
15 Barnsley 26 -8 33
16 Scunthorpe 27 -13 33
17 Watford 26 -6 32
18 Derby 28 -11 32
19 Sheff Wed 28 -12 31
20 Crystal Palace 27 2 30
21 Ipswich 27 -8 29

22 Reading 27 -16 26
23 Plymouth 26 -14 24
24 Peterborough 28 -19 18





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