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Britannia Stadium (ATT 15,229) 30th April 2005 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: M Atkinson

Stoke Stoke City vs Watford Watford

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Heidar the Watford hero

Last Updated: 30/04/05 6:45pm

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Watford secured their place in The Championship with a 1-0 win at Stoke.

Heidar Helguson has been the bright spot in Watford's season and his 19th goal of the campaign shortly after the break proved decisive.

Stoke held sway early on, with Chris Greenacre and David Brammer firing in efforts from long range.

The Hornets almost snatched the lead against the run of play on 24 minutes, but Michael Duberry did well to deflect Bruce Dyer's shot wide of goal.

Stoke keeper Steve Simonsen earned his wages moments before the break when saving well from Dominic Blizzard and Helguson, but he could do nothing to prevent the latter breaking the deadlock on 51 minutes.

Helguson found space in the box and turned his shot in from close range.

Stoke failed to fashion a response and Watford were able to claim the spoils with a degree of ease.

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Derby County 13 26
2 Watford 13 25
3 Middlesbrough 13 23
4 Wolverhampton Wanderers 13 23
5 Norwich City 13 22
6 Nottingham Forest 13 22
7 Charlton Athletic 14 22
8 Bournemouth 13 21
9 Ipswich Town 13 20
10 Cardiff City 13 19
11 Blackburn Rovers 13 19
12 Brentford 13 19
13 Sheffield Wednesday 13 18
14 Rotherham United 13 16
15 Leeds United 13 16
16 Huddersfield Town 13 16
17 Reading 13 15
18 Millwall 13 14
19 Fulham 14 14
20 Wigan Athletic 13 12
21 Brighton and Hove Albion 13 12
22 Birmingham City 13 11
23 Bolton Wanderers 13 8
24 Blackpool 13 6

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