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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 Derby County 18 35
2 Bournemouth 18 32
3 Middlesbrough 18 32
4 Ipswich Town 18 31
5 Brentford 18 31
6 Blackburn Rovers 18 30
7 Watford 18 29
8 Nottingham Forest 18 28
9 Charlton Athletic 18 28
10 Norwich City 18 27
11 Wolverhampton Wanderers 18 27
12 Cardiff City 18 26
13 Sheffield Wednesday 18 22
14 Huddersfield Town 18 21
15 Reading 18 21
16 Leeds United 18 20
17 Fulham 18 19
18 Millwall 18 19
19 Birmingham City 18 19
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 18 18
21 Bolton Wanderers 18 18
22 Rotherham United 18 18
23 Wigan Athletic 18 17
24 Blackpool 18 8

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