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Last Updated: Tuesday, 5 April, 2005, 21:04 GMT 22:04 UK
Wigan 0-1 Sunderland
Sunderland took another step towards a Premiership return with a hard-fought win away at promotion rivals Wigan.

Marcus Stewart scored after just three minutes from a Liam Lawrence cross, but Wigan's players claimed the ball had gone out of play in the build-up.

Wigan pushed for an equaliser but struggled to create clear-cut chances against a resolute Sunderland defence, cheered on by 7,500 visiting fans.

The defeat sees Wigan slip out of the automatic promotion places.

  • Wigan boss Paul Jewell:
    "Confidence comes from nowhere but it is my job to lift the players now.

    "We are playing for second place now and I am still hopeful.

    "If someone offered me the opportunity of it not being decided until the final game, I would snatch their hands off."

  • Sunderland boss Mick McCarthy:
    "The goal happened right in front of me and I didn't think it had gone out.

    "I was screaming at Liam Lawrence to play on and he put over a fantastic ball which Marcus finished off.

    "The truth is Alan Mahon should not have stopped. You tell every schoolboy to play to the whistle. That is what I was taught as a kid."

    Wigan: Filan, Eaden, Jackson, Breckin, Baines, Teale (Jarrett 64), Kavanagh, Bullard, Mahon (Ormerod 45), Roberts, Ellington.
    Subs Not Used: Walsh, McMillan, Wright.

    Sunderland: Myhre, Wright, Breen, Caldwell, McCartney (Danny Collins 73), Robinson, Lawrence, Whitehead, Arca, Brown, Stewart (Elliott 82).
    Subs Not Used: Deane, Thornton, Alnwick.

    Goals: Stewart 3.

    Att: 20,745.

    Ref: A Marriner (W Midlands).

    Report: BBC Radio Five Live's Ian Dennis

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