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Tuesday, 11 February, 2003, 23:08 GMT
Proctor gifts Addicks win
Shaun Bartlett celebrates as Michael Gray holds his head in his hands
Sunderland dropped to the bottom of the table
Sunderland 1-3 Charlton

A must-win game for Sunderland turned into a disaster and a personal nightmare for Michael Proctor as Charlton sent the Black Cats to the bottom of the table.

Amazingly, Sunderland players got the final touch to all three Charlton goals, although the Addicks' Mark Fish will claim the first even though his tame effort went in off Stephen Wright.

While Wright will escape the ignominy of having an own-goal against his name, Proctor managed to score against his own team not once, but twice.

And with West Brom earning a crucial win at Man City, Sunderland now prop up the table.

Key moments
24 mins: Fish's weak effort beats Sorensen
29 mins: Proctor scores his first own-goal
32 mins: Proctor turns a Jensen corner in for his second
81 mins: Phillips converts a late penalty

Tore Andre Flo started for Sunderland in place of Marcus Stewart after passing a fitness test, with Wright also returning after a hamstring injury.

Charlton were unchanged and looking for a second straight away win after a 1-0 victory at West Brom in the week.

The game began in scrappy fashion and got the messy goal it deserved after 24 minutes when Charlton won a corner.

I don't accept the inevitability of relegation - I genuinely think we will get out of it

Sunderland manager Howard Wilkinson

Jensen's ball in dropped to Fish on the edge of the area, and the South African's tame effort bobbled past Thomas Sorensen after deflecting off Wright.

And Sunderland's charity continued minutes later as Chris Powell struck a shot from distance that Sorensen saved, only for Proctor to deflect into his own net.

If Proctor thought things could not get any worse he was wrong.

Another Charlton corner was swung in by Jensen, and once again Proctor found the killer touch that eluded the Addicks' strikers to score his second own-goal in three minutes.

If you are winning and feeling confident results seem to come your way

Charlton manager Alan Curbishley

Sunderland's best chance of the match to date came at the start of the second half as Kevin Kilbane shot wide after picking up the ball inside the Charlton penalty area.

Kevin Phillips almost gave Sunderland hope, but his close-range header went wide, and Charlton looked the most likely to add to the scoreline.

Sunderland's fans did their best to lift the team, and Phillips, with another header, and Kilbane, with a solo run, almost rewarded them.

The Black Cats did get the consolation of a late penalty, when Flo tumbled under the challenge of John Fortune.

But Phillips' strike did little to raise the Sunderland spirits.


Sunderland: Sorensen, Gray, Babb, Craddock, Wright, Arca, Kilbane (McCartney 89), McCann, Proctor (Stewart 74), Phillips, Flo.
Subs Not Used: Macho, Oster, Thirlwell.

Booked: Kilbane.

Charlton: Kiely, Powell, Fortune, Rufus, Fish, Jensen (Konchesky 81), Euell, Parker (Bart-Williams 90), Kishishev, Lisbie (Johansson 75), Bartlett.
Subs Not Used: Rachubka, El Khalej.

Booked: Fish.

Attendance: 36,042

Referee: A Wiley (Staffordshire).

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