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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 22 42
2 Ipswich Town 22 41
3 Brentford 22 40
4 Middlesbrough 22 39
5 Derby County 22 39
6 Watford 22 38
7 Norwich City 22 34
8 Blackburn Rovers 22 34
9 Nottingham Forest 22 31
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers 22 31
11 Cardiff City 22 30
12 Charlton Athletic 22 30
13 Fulham 22 28
14 Sheffield Wednesday 22 28
15 Birmingham City 22 28
16 Bolton Wanderers 22 26
17 Reading 22 25
18 Leeds United 22 24
19 Rotherham United 22 24
20 Huddersfield Town 22 24
21 Millwall 22 23
22 Brighton and Hove Albion 22 19
23 Wigan Athletic 22 17
24 Blackpool 22 13

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