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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 Leicester City 43 93
2 Burnley 43 86
3 Derby County 43 78
4 Queens Park Rangers 43 73
5 Wigan Athletic 42 70
6 Brighton and Hove Albion 43 65
7 Reading 43 64
8 Ipswich Town 43 64
9 Nottingham Forest 43 62
10 Bournemouth 43 62
11 Blackburn Rovers 43 61
12 Watford 42 60
13 Middlesbrough 43 58
14 Bolton Wanderers 43 55
15 Sheffield Wednesday 43 53
16 Leeds United 43 53
17 Huddersfield Town 43 47
18 Birmingham City 42 43
19 Doncaster Rovers 43 43
20 Millwall 43 43
21 Charlton Athletic 42 42
22 Blackpool 43 42
23 Barnsley 43 39
24 Yeovil Town 43 37

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