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Last Updated: Sunday, 8 May, 2005, 14:10 GMT 15:10 UK
Sunderland 1-0 Stoke
Sunderland celebrated collecting the Championship trophy with victory at home to Stoke.

A crowd of 47,350 made it a carnival atmosphere at the Stadium of Light, but Stoke threatened to spoil the party by keeping it scoreless for 57 minutes.

Sunderland's Liam Lawrence wasted a couple of good chances, while Karl Henry went close for the visitors.

But Lawrence's free-kick found Carl Robinson to break the deadlock and that proved enough to seal the victory.

Marcus Stewart, playing his last match for the Black Cats, nearly helped give the hosts the perfect start with a flicked pass sending Dean Whitehead through on goal.

However, the in-form midfielder was fouled on the edge of the area and Steven Caldwell saw his resultant free-kick well saved.

Whitehead was clear on goal again when sent in by Julio Arca but he sliced his effort just wide.

Even after Robinson's goal Sunderland struggled to break down Stoke's diligent defence, and although Stewart could not get the goal he craved he was given a standing ovation when replaced late on.

  • Stoke boss Tony Pulis:

    "We now begin to look to next season - in fact, we have already started. I'm off to look at some games this week and other members of the management team are abroad this weekend.

    "We want to get cracking as quickly as possible. There are players who have contract offers on the table and now it's up to them to get back in touch with us.

    "Looking at our season overall, there's no doubt it went a bit flat at the end. But we have finished in the top half of the table and I think the players put in a lot of effort to get there."

    Sunderland: Alnwick, Wright, Breen (Neill Collins 82), Caldwell, McCartney, Lawrence, Whitehead, Robinson, Arca, Stewart (Welsh 83), Brown (Elliott 71).
    Subs Not Used: Carson, Deane.

    Goals: Robinson 57.

    Stoke: Simonsen, Henry (Halls 74), Duberry, Taggart, Clarke, Greenacre, Brammer, Russell, Buxton, Noel-Williams (Paterson 60), Jones (Ricketts 73).
    Subs Not Used: de Goey, Neal.

    Att: 47,350

    Ref: A Leake (Lancashire).

    Interview: Stoke City boss Tony Pulis (Real only)


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