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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 18 35
2 Bournemouth 18 32
3 Middlesbrough 18 32
4 Ipswich Town 18 31
5 Brentford 18 31
6 Blackburn Rovers 18 30
7 Watford 18 29
8 Nottingham Forest 18 28
9 Charlton Athletic 18 28
10 Norwich City 18 27
11 Wolverhampton Wanderers 18 27
12 Cardiff City 18 26
13 Sheffield Wednesday 18 22
14 Huddersfield Town 18 21
15 Reading 18 21
16 Leeds United 18 20
17 Fulham 18 19
18 Millwall 18 19
19 Birmingham City 18 19
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 18 18
21 Bolton Wanderers 18 18
22 Rotherham United 18 18
23 Wigan Athletic 18 17
24 Blackpool 18 8

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