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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 Middlesbrough 35 66
2 Derby County 35 65
3 Watford 35 65
4 Bournemouth 35 63
5 Norwich City 34 62
6 Brentford 35 61
7 Ipswich Town 34 60
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 35 57
9 Nottingham Forest 35 50
10 Sheffield Wednesday 34 46
11 Blackburn Rovers 34 45
12 Charlton Athletic 35 45
13 Cardiff City 35 44
14 Birmingham City 34 42
15 Huddersfield Town 35 42
16 Leeds United 34 41
17 Bolton Wanderers 35 41
18 Reading 35 41
19 Brighton and Hove Albion 35 40
20 Fulham 35 39
21 Rotherham United 35 37
22 Millwall 35 31
23 Wigan Athletic 34 28
24 Blackpool 34 22

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