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Last Updated: Tuesday, 28 December, 2004, 19:29 GMT
Watford 0-0 Cardiff
Watford v Cardiff
Defences dominated the game at Vicarage Road
Watford's winless run continued as they were held to a draw at Vicarage Road by relegation-threatened Cardiff.

Johnnie Jackson and Paul Devlin had first-half efforts for the Hornets, against chances for Willie Boland and Junichi Inamoto, making his full debut.

Heidar Helguson led a determined second-half Watford onslaught, whilst James Chambers struck the woodwork.

The home side were unhappy not to get a second-half penalty when Jobi McAnuff appeared to handle the ball.

  • Watford manager Ray Lewington
    "I can't hide behind the referee's decision or the lack of it.

    "We did not get enough shots on target and we didn't get the final touch.

    "The players gave everything but they need a break and possibly the penalty, which they all feel very strongly about, could have been the break they needed.

    "Even so, I don't think it would take much to turn this around."

  • Cardiff manager Lennie Lawrence
    "We had a number of chances in the first half and needed to score, but they controlled the second half.

    "It was a difficult game and a difficult pitch, but we battled and scrapped valiantly.

    "It wasn't pretty but we would have lost that a few weeks ago - the players are starting to demand more of each other.

    "The only disappointment was that we did not have the quality and composure to mount counter-attacks in the last 15 minutes when we were just holding on for dear life."

    Watford: Jones, Doyley (Fitzgerald 78), Cox, Dyche, Darlington, Chambers (Demerit 89), Gunnarsson, Mahon, Jackson (McNamee 66), Helguson, Devlin.
    Subs Not Used: Chamberlain, Dyer.

    Booked: Jackson, Mahon.

    Cardiff: Warner, Weston, Gabbidon, Collins (Page 18), Barker, McAnuff, Inamoto (Bullock 65), Boland, Thorne, Jerome (Lee 77), Vidmar.
    Subs Not Used: Langley, Alexander.

    Booked: Boland.

    Att: 13,409

    Ref: P Walton (Northamptonshire).

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