Fraizer Campbell struck his first goals for three months to head Sunderland into the fourth round at the expense of brave non-Leaguers Barrow. The Blue Square Premier side had Steve Bruce's men on the rack in a storming start which saw Phil Bolland, Paul Bond and Marc Goodfellow all come close. But Steed Malbranque's 17th-minute opener set the home side on their way in freezing conditions and Campbell's brace early in the second period saw the Premier League sidesafely into the next round.
Campbell, whose only previous goal this season came in the Carling Cup against Birmingham in September, broke the hearts of about 8,000 away fans massed in the South Stand. Barrow were dreaming of greater things in a stunning start with Goodfellow's first effort blocked by David Meyler in the box in the third minute. Bond skidded a shot into home goalkeeper Marton Fulop's arms and the visitors came even closer in the ninth minute when captain Bolland hammered a 30-yard free-kick which Fulop tipped wide.
But Sunderland grabbed a barely deserved lead in the 17th minute when Campbell played a deft back-heel into the path of Malbranque, who swept home a low shot from eight yards. The second arrived in the 52nd minute when Daryl Murphy swung in a free-kick from the left and Campbell directed a header past Deasy into the bottom corner. The game was over on 58 minutes when Campbell nodded in a cross from the right by Phillip Bardsley. Man of the match: Fraizer Campbell (Sunderland) * With agencies