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Sunderland maintains form with 1-0 win at Stoke

Updated: February 04, 2012, 11:56

STOKE, England(AP) James McClean enhanced his burgeoning reputation by scoring a classy second-half winner in Sunderland's 1-0 victory over 10-man Stoke, maintaining the team's strong run under new manager Martin O'Neill.

The Irish winger dribbled his way past two challenges and into Stoke's area in the 60th minute before slotting a neat finish into the corner.

The win was Sunderland's seventh in 10 league matches since O'Neill took over at the start of December and consolidated the team's position in eighth place in the standings.

The visitors had a man extra for the whole of the second half after German defender Robert Huth was given a straight red card just before halftime for a sliding challenge on David Meyler.

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