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Vicarage Road Stadium (ATT 13,198) 19th October 2004 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: P Dowd

Watford Watford vs Sunderland Sunderland

Elliott makes Black Cats' point

By Andy Clarke.   Last Updated: 19/10/04 10:00pm

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Stephen Elliott took advantage of a mistake from Watford defender Neil Cox to earn Sunderland a point from a 1-1 draw at Vicarage Road.

Watford, looking for their first win in five Championship matches, had made the perfect start when Neal Ardley fired them in front after only nine minutes.

The former Wimbledon midfielder, who was making his 100th appearance for The Hornets, cracked a shot past Mart Poom from 12 yards after Ashley Young's cross had deflected into his path.

However, Sunderland were level just 13 minutes later when Cox inexplicably played a free kick straight to Julio Arca, who sent in Elliott to slot his seventh goal of the season beyond Richard Lee.

Lee kept out a low shot from Marcus Stewart as Sunderland grew in stature after their equaliser and after Elliott had lashed a shot high and wide, Dean Whitehead was unlucky to see a volley drift the wrong side of a post.

Stewart went close again when he placed a shot narrowly wide of Lee's goal, before Watford finished the game in the ascendancy, going close through Bruce Dyer and Ardley.

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1 Leicester City 44 96
2 Burnley 44 89
3 Derby County 44 81
4 Queens Park Rangers 44 76
5 Wigan Athletic 43 70
6 Reading 44 67
7 Brighton and Hove Albion 44 66
8 Nottingham Forest 44 65
9 Ipswich Town 44 65
10 Blackburn Rovers 44 64
11 Bournemouth 44 63
12 Watford 43 60
13 Middlesbrough 44 58
14 Bolton Wanderers 44 55
15 Sheffield Wednesday 44 53
16 Leeds United 44 53
17 Huddersfield Town 44 50
18 Charlton Athletic 43 45
19 Doncaster Rovers 44 44
20 Millwall 44 44
21 Birmingham City 43 43
22 Blackpool 44 43
23 Barnsley 44 39
24 Yeovil Town 44 37

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