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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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Pos Team P Pts
1 Derby County 34 65
2 Middlesbrough 34 63
3 Norwich City 34 62
4 Watford 34 62
5 Bournemouth 34 60
6 Ipswich Town 34 60
7 Brentford 34 58
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 34 57
9 Nottingham Forest 34 50
10 Sheffield Wednesday 34 46
11 Blackburn Rovers 34 45
12 Charlton Athletic 34 42
13 Birmingham City 34 42
14 Huddersfield Town 34 42
15 Cardiff City 34 41
16 Leeds United 34 41
17 Bolton Wanderers 34 40
18 Reading 34 40
19 Fulham 34 39
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 34 37
21 Rotherham United 34 37
22 Millwall 34 31
23 Wigan Athletic 34 28
24 Blackpool 34 22

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