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Ninian Park (ATT 14,222) 2nd November 2004 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: R Beeby

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Hammers mauled in Cardiff

By Andy Clarke.   Last Updated: 02/11/04 9:40pm

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Improving Cardiff continued to move in the right direction after a thumping 4-1 victory over West Ham at Ninian Park.

The Bluebirds, who were denied three times by the woodwork in Saturday's goalless draw with Leicester, took control from the first whistle and are now unbeaten in seven league and cup matches.

Meanwhile, travel-sick West Ham are now without a win in six away games and have won just three of their last 21 games away from Upton Park.

Their last visit to South Wales ended in the misery of their play-off final defeat to Crystal Palace and they endured another torrid visit to the Welsh capital.

Alan Lee put the home side in front after just three minutes when he turned the ball past Stephen Bywater from six yards after Paul Parry's cross had been dummied by Gary O'Neil.

West Ham almost hit back immediately when Marlon Harewood fed Luke Chadwick, but Tony Warner was equal to the on-loan winger's shot.

However, they found themselves two goals behind after 16 minutes, when former Hammers winger Jobi McAnuff crossed for Joe Ledley, who brought the ball down before beating Bywater with a right-foot drive.

O'Neil, who was twice denied by the woodwork at the weekend, went close once again when Bywater turned his shot onto the crossbar.

West Ham's slack defending was punished for the third time nine minutes after the interval when Parry was left unmarked in the area and given time to pick his spot.

Harewood gave the visitors a glimmer of hope when he converted a penalty 20 minutes from time after his run into the area had been crudely brought to a halt by Graham Kavanagh.

But that hope was snuffed out by McAnuff, who completed the scoring against his old club by finishing off a fine move from close range.

 

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Derby County 34 65
2 Middlesbrough 34 63
3 Norwich City 34 62
4 Watford 34 62
5 Bournemouth 34 60
6 Ipswich Town 34 60
7 Brentford 34 58
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 34 57
9 Nottingham Forest 34 50
10 Sheffield Wednesday 34 46
11 Blackburn Rovers 34 45
12 Charlton Athletic 34 42
13 Birmingham City 34 42
14 Huddersfield Town 34 42
15 Cardiff City 34 41
16 Leeds United 34 41
17 Bolton Wanderers 34 40
18 Reading 34 40
19 Fulham 34 39
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 34 37
21 Rotherham United 34 37
22 Millwall 34 31
23 Wigan Athletic 34 28
24 Blackpool 34 22

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