Reds complete double over their Wearside hosts

from "Press Association"

Holders Liverpool cruised into the third round of the Coca-Cola Cup as they completed the double over their Wearside hosts.

But victory was not without incident for the Premiership giants, who had England full-back Rob Jones dismissed mid-way through the first half.

Jones was guilty of a rash tackle on Michael Gray and, when Martin Smith slid in to challenge Jones, an ugly incident developed with players from both sides joining in the fighting.

When order was restored England Under-21 international Smith was sent off and Jones immediately followed.

Sunderland had done all the attacking in an attempt to pull back a two-goal deficit from the first-leg -- but it was all to no avail.

Smith shot wide and a centre from Martin Scott was just beyond the reach of the lurking David Kelly.

Paul Bracewell twice went close with fierce drives but any hopes Sunderland had of getting back into the tie were thwarted by Robbie Fowler.

The England Under-21 international latched on to a through-ball by John Scales and calmly lobbed the advancing Alec Chamberlain.

Sunderland made a double change at half-time, sending on wingers Craig Russell and Sam Aiston, and although they continued to take the game to the visitors, they were unable to make any impression.

Liverpool brought on Stan Collymore and Jason McAteer for Ian Rush and Fowler after 66 minutes and although Collymore had the ball in the net four minutes later, he was ruled off-side.

Liverpool exploited gaps in the home defence in the final stages with Chamberlain reacting superbly to a Jamie Redknapp pile-driver, while John Barnes failed to accept an easy chance from 10 yards.

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