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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 Bournemouth 44 84
3 Middlesbrough 44 84
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5 Derby County 44 76
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7 Brentford 44 72
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 44 72
9 Blackburn Rovers 44 63
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11 Nottingham Forest 44 59
12 Sheffield Wednesday 44 59
13 Cardiff City 44 56
14 Birmingham City 43 54
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16 Leeds United 44 52
17 Bolton Wanderers 44 51
18 Fulham 44 49
19 Reading 42 47
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 44 46
21 Rotherham United 43 44
22 Millwall 44 40
23 Wigan Athletic 44 39
24 Blackpool 44 25

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