Hornets ease to win
By Mark Buckingham. Last Updated: 12/08/05 9:34pm
Watford gained their first win of the Championship season with a convincing 3-1 triumph at Cardiff City.
A brace from Marlon King, either side of a Darius Henderson header, secured the points for The Hornets, who were rarely troubled at Ninian Park.
Cardiff nabbed a late consolation through Cameron Jerome but the defeat will give Bluebirds boss Dave Jones plenty of food for thought.
Watford took the lead on seven minutes when strike duo Henderson and King combined effectively. Henderson flicked on a long ball which King controlled smartly before cutting inside and curling a neat shot inside the far post.
The visitors were much the better team and almost doubled their lead on 23 minutes as Dom Blizzard got to the by-line and cut the ball back for Henderson but his shot was kept out by Neil Alexander.
Paul Devlin had a low shot saved before the break while after half time he delivered a pinpoint cross which Henderson could only head at the Cardiff keeper.
But that was merely a warning to the hosts as within 60 seconds Henderson was on target as his header, from Devlin's centre, deflected off Darren Purse and beyond a helpless Alexander.
A deflection was responsible for Watford's third goal on 66 minutes, with debutant Glenn Loovens the fall guy. He firstly turned Gavin Mahon's shot into King's path and then, when the striker pulled the trigger, the ball bounced off the defender's leg and past Alexander.
Cardiff snatched at a lifeline with 10 minutes remaining when Jerome took advantage of a woeful offside trap to scamper clear. He rounded Ben Foster and, after Jordan Stewart could only flick the ball nearer to goal, Jerome tapped into an empty net.
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