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Millmoor Ground (ATT 5,438) 16th April 2005 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: C Webster

Rotherham Rotherham United vs Watford Watford

Boothroyd earns first win

By Simon Fudge.   Last Updated: 16/04/05 8:26pm

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Adrian Boothroyd earned his first win as Watford manager after a 1-0 victory at already-relegated Rotherham United.

Heidar Helguson's strike just after the half hour mark gave The Hornets a much-needed win to move away from the Championship's bottom three.

Watford had suffered three defeats on the trot since former Leeds United first team coach Boothroyd took charge, but their fortunes changed at Millmoor on Saturday.

The visitors threatened just four minutes in when Chris Eagles's right foot drive forced goalkeeper Mike Pollitt to tip his strike around the post.

Pollitt was then called on again to stop Bruce Dyer's point blank header before The Millers tamely threatened through Shaun Barker's glancing header that went wide of the target.        

Watford, however, then took advantage of poor Rotherham defending on 32 minutes, as Helguson converted Eagles's corner in the box for the only goal of the match.

The second half saw Helguson miss the opportunity to extend Watford's lead with a close range strike.

Tony Thorpe, meanwhile, could have snatched an undeserved draw for Rotherham, but his header flew just over the bar from ten yards out.   

       

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 27 51
2 Derby County 27 51
3 Middlesbrough 27 50
4 Ipswich Town 27 50
5 Brentford 27 49
6 Watford 27 47
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 27 44
8 Norwich City 27 43
9 Sheffield Wednesday 27 38
10 Blackburn Rovers 27 36
11 Birmingham City 27 36
12 Nottingham Forest 27 34
13 Cardiff City 27 34
14 Fulham 27 34
15 Huddersfield Town 27 34
16 Bolton Wanderers 27 33
17 Charlton Athletic 27 32
18 Reading 27 31
19 Brighton and Hove Albion 27 29
20 Leeds United 27 29
21 Rotherham United 27 29
22 Millwall 27 24
23 Wigan Athletic 27 21
24 Blackpool 27 17

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