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Vicarage Road Stadium (ATT 19,673) 8th May 2005 - Kick off 13:00 Ref: A D'Urso

Watford Watford vs West Ham United West Ham

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Hammers secure play-off spot

By James Pearson.   Last Updated: 08/05/05 2:57pm

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West Ham booked their play-off place with a 2-1 win at Watford while rivals Reading lost to promoted Wigan.

The Hammers were level at the start of play with The Royals in the table, but goals either side of half time secured the points at Vicarage Road.

The visitors created the better of the chances early on with both Bobby Zamora and Marlon Harewood missing opportunities to give Alan Pardew's side the lead.

The breakthrough arrived just before half time when Anton Ferdinand showed great technique to volley home Elliot Ward's cross from the left.

Harewood made sure of the points after 70 minutes when he coolly slotted home from the penalty spot after James Chambers handled in the box.

The home side did not go down without a fight and The Hornets pulled one back late on when Heidar Helguson converted from the spot.

It might have been all-square in the closing stages, but Jimmy Walker made a superb save from Ashley Young's pinpoint free kick.

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
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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