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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 24 48
2 Ipswich Town 23 44
3 Middlesbrough 24 43
4 Derby County 23 42
5 Watford 24 41
6 Brentford 24 40
7 Norwich City 24 37
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 24 37
9 Blackburn Rovers 24 35
10 Nottingham Forest 24 31
11 Charlton Athletic 23 31
12 Cardiff City 24 31
13 Sheffield Wednesday 23 31
14 Birmingham City 24 31
15 Bolton Wanderers 24 29
16 Reading 24 29
17 Fulham 23 28
18 Huddersfield Town 24 28
19 Rotherham United 24 26
20 Leeds United 23 24
21 Millwall 24 23
22 Wigan Athletic 23 20
23 Brighton and Hove Albion 23 20
24 Blackpool 24 14

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