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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 39 73
2 Watford 39 72
3 Middlesbrough 39 72
4 Norwich City 39 70
5 Derby County 39 67
6 Ipswich Town 39 67
7 Brentford 39 66
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 39 65
9 Nottingham Forest 39 57
10 Blackburn Rovers 39 54
11 Charlton Athletic 39 54
12 Sheffield Wednesday 39 53
13 Leeds United 39 52
14 Cardiff City 39 51
15 Birmingham City 38 47
16 Brighton and Hove Albion 39 45
17 Bolton Wanderers 39 45
18 Huddersfield Town 39 44
19 Reading 38 44
20 Fulham 39 43
21 Rotherham United 39 40
22 Wigan Athletic 39 35
23 Millwall 39 33
24 Blackpool 39 23

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