Flashback: Victory in MK

by Stuart Vose

safc.com takes you back to April 2004.

Sunderland confirmed Wimbledon’s relegation to the third tier with a 2-1 win at the National Hockey Stadium.

Wimbledon – soon to be renamed MK Dons – had won at Wigan the previous weekend but couldn’t fashion the victory they needed to stave off the drop.

Mick McCarthy’s Sunderland had suffered an FA Cup semi-final defeat to Millwall the previous weekend and were in no mood to suffer another defeat.

Striker Kevin Kyle had four opportunities as the visitors dominated the first half, including an effort which was cleared off the line following good work by Marcus Stewart.

And it was Stewart who opened the scoring just before the break, heading in from a tight angle after Julio Arca turned Matt Piper’s corner goalwards.

Malvin Kamara rammed home Jermaine Darlington’s cross to level against the run of play, but Sunderland weren’t to be denied as sub Darren Byfield popped up with the winner 17 minutes from time.

The frontman had only been on the pitch for a minute when he latched on to George McCartney’s cut-back to seal the points.