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Last Updated: Tuesday, 2 November, 2004, 22:19 GMT
Sunderland 3-1 Wolverhampton
Sunderland's Liam Lawrence produced two second-half goals to leave managerless Wolves closer to the drop zone.

Wolves did open the scoring through Kenny Miller, who collected Mikkel Bischoff's pass and curled an excellent shot past Thomas Myhre.

Shortly before the hour mark Lawrence collected the ball on the edge of the box and fired into the corner, before Stephen Elliott fired in off the bar.

Julio Arca then delivered a fine cross for Lawrence to double his tally.

  • Sunderland manager Mick McCarthy said:
    "It's nice to come from behind and win and a game, but I thought the first 10 minutes of the second half was garbage.

    "But we improved and got the goals we deserved.

    "They haven't come here to win. They've come here to sit back - it's the usual one - a manager leaves, somebody else comes in and they get the result. Well, I know him (Stuart Gray), I played with him, I like him, but we wanted to win the game."

  • Wolves caretaker manager Stuart Gray said:
    "Goals affect confidence and there was suddenly a bit of belief and the performance was 100% better than last Saturday against Gillingham.

    "Things have been a bit low, but our performance during the first half was very encouraging.

    "In the second half, we gave the ball away a bit too cheaply and the goals they scored we didn't put enough pressure on them."

    Sunderland: Myhre, Wright, Breen, Caldwell, Danny Collins, Lawrence, Whitley, Robinson, Arca (Carter 90), Elliott (Brown 87), Stewart (Bridges 45). Subs Not Used: Neill Collins, Alnwick.

    Goals: Lawrence 57, Elliott 68, Lawrence 80.

    Wolverhampton: Oakes, Lowe, Bischoff, Lescott, Kennedy, Cooper (Sturridge 76), Cameron (Ince 83), Olofinjana, Newton, Cort, Miller. Subs Not Used: Murray, Naylor, Craddock.

    Booked: Olofinjana, Newton.

    Goals: Miller 18.

    Att: 23,925.

    Ref: A Leake (Lancashire).

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