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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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1 Bournemouth 39 73
2 Watford 39 72
3 Middlesbrough 39 72
4 Norwich City 39 70
5 Derby County 39 67
6 Ipswich Town 39 67
7 Brentford 39 66
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 39 65
9 Nottingham Forest 39 57
10 Blackburn Rovers 39 54
11 Charlton Athletic 39 54
12 Sheffield Wednesday 39 53
13 Leeds United 39 52
14 Cardiff City 39 51
15 Birmingham City 38 47
16 Brighton and Hove Albion 39 45
17 Bolton Wanderers 39 45
18 Huddersfield Town 39 44
19 Reading 38 44
20 Fulham 39 43
21 Rotherham United 39 40
22 Wigan Athletic 39 35
23 Millwall 39 33
24 Blackpool 39 23

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