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Coca-Cola Football League Championship
Game 25: Tuesday 26 December 2006

Sunderland 2 - 0 Leeds United
(Half-time: 0 - 0)
Crowd: 40116
Referee: G Salisbury (Lancashire)
« Hull City   Stoke City »
Match Facts Sunderland Team Leeds United Subs
Darren Ward   Tony Warner
Lewin Nyatanga   Matt Heath
Stanislav Varga   Frazer Richardson
Steve Caldwell   Ugo Ehiogu
Liam Miller   Hayden Foxe
Dean Whitehead   Jonathan Douglas
Grant Leadbitter   Ian Westlake
David Connolly   Shaun Derry
Stephen Elliott   Eddie Lewis
Daryl Murphy   Jermaine Beckford
Dwight Yorke   Tresor Kandol
Marton Fulop   Neil Sullivan
Danny Collins   Matthew Kilgallon
Tobias Hysen   Jonny Howson
Nyron Nosworthy   David Healy
Ross Wallace   Ian Moore
Match Reports
BBC Sunderland 2 - 0 Leeds
The Guardian Sunderland draw the fans as optimism grows
The Independent Connolly underlines Keane progress as Poyet sees red
The Sporting Life Sunderland 2 - 0 Leeds
The Electronic Telegraph Desperate times for Leeds
The Times Wise laments Sunderland's balls but Leeds' struggles show no end

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Sunderland draw the fans as optimism grows - Michael Walker

Copy from Football Unlimited of 27/12/2006.

This always had the potential to be a significant day on Wearside, one when a serious question was going to be asked of each of these famous clubs: are Sunderland doing enough to convince supporters who have drifted away that they are genuine promotion candidates, and are Leeds United too good to go down? The answers given were Yes, maybe, and No.

Only two clubs in England, Manchester United and Chelsea, had larger attendances than the 40,116 here yesterday, suggesting a rise in local belief that Sunderland have enough to start a winning fight among the pack chasing Birmingham City at the top of the Championship.

Ultimately, the vast majority of them left happy that another home win, the fourth in a row, had taken Sunderland to within seven points of second-placed Preston North End, who visit here on Saturday. But whether they were convinced by much of the home side's play is another matter. Although the manager, Roy Keane, said afterwards that it was a "good performance" that was a stretch. But what Sunderland do possess is determination.

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