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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 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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