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Britannia Stadium (ATT 14,565) 10th September 2005 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: N Miller

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Stoke stung by Hornets

By Mark Buckingham.   Last Updated: 10/09/05 8:06pm

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Watford continue to make hay while there is still a glimmer of sunshine after a convincing 3-0 win at Stoke City.

Paul Devlin, Ashley Young and Marlon King were The Hornets' scorers as Stoke had goalkeeper Steve Simonsen sent off.

King and Mamady Sidibe traded early shots before Watford took the lead on 24 minutes when Devlin headed in Anthony McNamee's cross.

Stoke quickly offered a riposte and were unlucky not to be level on 27 minutes when Lewis Buxton's effort rattled the frame of the goal.

Ben Foster produced an athletic save to deny Stoke's Gabriel Mbuyi before the break, and then Sidibe turned a cross over the bar in the second half.

The Hornets snared a second goal on 65 minutes, courtesy of a curling effort from Young, and Stoke were down to 10 men two minutes later.

Simonsen brought down Young in the penalty area and was promptly sent off, with King converting the resultant spot kick to wrap up the win.

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2 Watford 13 25
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6 Nottingham Forest 13 22
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8 Bournemouth 13 21
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11 Blackburn Rovers 13 19
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13 Sheffield Wednesday 13 18
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17 Reading 13 15
18 Millwall 13 14
19 Fulham 14 14
20 Wigan Athletic 13 12
21 Brighton and Hove Albion 13 12
22 Birmingham City 13 11
23 Bolton Wanderers 13 8
24 Blackpool 13 6

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