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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 46 90
2 Watford 46 89
3 Norwich City 46 86
4 Middlesbrough 46 85
5 Brentford 46 78
6 Ipswich Town 46 78
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 78
8 Derby County 46 77
9 Blackburn Rovers 46 67
10 Birmingham City 46 63
11 Cardiff City 46 62
12 Charlton Athletic 46 60
13 Sheffield Wednesday 46 60
14 Nottingham Forest 46 59
15 Leeds United 46 56
16 Huddersfield Town 46 55
17 Fulham 46 52
18 Bolton Wanderers 46 51
19 Reading 46 50
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 46 47
21 Rotherham United 46 46
22 Millwall 46 41
23 Wigan Athletic 46 39
24 Blackpool 46 26

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