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Ninian Park (ATT 9,256) 12th August 2005 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: Uriah Rennie

Cardiff Cardiff City vs Watford Watford

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Hornets ease to win

By Mark Buckingham.   Last Updated: 12/08/05 9:34pm

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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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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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