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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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Pos Team P Pts
1 Norwich City 10 20
2 Nottingham Forest 10 20
3 Watford 10 20
4 Derby County 10 19
5 Ipswich Town 10 18
6 Charlton Athletic 10 18
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 10 18
8 Middlesbrough 10 17
9 Sheffield Wednesday 10 16
10 Reading 10 15
11 Blackburn Rovers 10 14
12 Leeds United 10 14
13 Brentford 10 14
14 Cardiff City 10 13
15 Bournemouth 10 12
16 Millwall 10 11
17 Rotherham United 10 11
18 Huddersfield Town 10 11
19 Brighton and Hove Albion 10 10
20 Birmingham City 10 10
21 Wigan Athletic 10 9
22 Fulham 10 7
23 Bolton Wanderers 10 5
24 Blackpool 10 3

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