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

Watford Watford vs Sunderland S'land

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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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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Watford 45 88
2 Bournemouth 45 87
3 Middlesbrough 45 84
4 Norwich City 45 83
5 Ipswich Town 45 78
6 Derby County 45 77
7 Brentford 45 75
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 45 75
9 Blackburn Rovers 45 64
10 Charlton Athletic 45 60
11 Birmingham City 45 60
12 Nottingham Forest 45 59
13 Cardiff City 45 59
14 Sheffield Wednesday 45 59
15 Leeds United 45 55
16 Huddersfield Town 45 54
17 Fulham 45 52
18 Bolton Wanderers 45 51
19 Reading 44 47
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 45 46
21 Rotherham United 44 42
22 Millwall 45 41
23 Wigan Athletic 45 39
24 Blackpool 45 25

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