SUNDERLAND 3 NORWICH CITY 0

Sunderland's Fraizer Campbell scores against Norwich.
Sunderland's Fraizer Campbell scores against Norwich.

NEVER mind the position – cherish the points.

That was Martin O’Neill’s view as Sunderland’s 3-0 victory over Norwich City last night took them to their highest league position of the season.

Fraizer Campbell scored for the second time in four days as Sunderland battered Norwich into submission.

The 24-year-old, who marked the end of his injury misery with a goal on his return to action on Sunday, needed just 21 minutes to double his tally for the season with a sumptuous volley which set the Black Cats on their way to a resounding Premier League victory.

Stephane Sessegnon added a second seven minutes later and the points were safe nine minutes into the second half when Phil Bardsley’s cross ended up in the back of the net with the help of deflections off defender Daniel Ayala and keeper John Ruddy.

The Black Cats now lie eighth in the Premier League having reached 30 points.

Read Graeme Anderson’s full match report, plus more reaction and photos, in today’s Sportmail.