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Sunderland rout Wigan 4-1 in EPL

Updated: January 03, 2012, 17:08

Sunderland's Craig Gardner, left, celebrates with team mates Lee Cattermole, center, and Jack Colback after scoring a goal from a free kick during their English Premier League soccer match against Wigan at the DW Stadium, Wigan, England, Tuesday Jan. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Tim Hales)

WIGAN, England(AP) Sunderland maintained its revival under Martin O'Neill by moving into the top half of the English Premier League standings with a 4-1 win over Wigan on Tuesday.

Following the shock 1-0 win over league leader Manchester City last Sunday, Sunderland won its fourth match from six since O'Neill took over as manager from Steve Bruce.

Wigan, without suspended captain Gary Caldwell, dominated the first half but hit the posts twice, and Sunderland led into halftime thanks to Craig Gardner's 30-meter free kick goal.

James McClean made it 2-0 before Hugo Rodallega halved the deficit, but Sunderland finished strong with scores to Stephane Sessegnon and David Vaughan.

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