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Last Updated: Saturday, 30 April, 2005, 16:42 GMT 17:42 UK
Stoke 0-1 Watford
Heidar Helguson's 19th goal of the season gave Watford the win that secured their Championship status.

Helguson swept the ball home from six yards on 52 minutes after Stoke had had the better of the first half.

Promising teenager Ashley Young almost extended Watford's lead when his shot fizzed narrowly wide.

Watford keeper Alec Chamberlain was forced to save David Brammer's header, but the visitors then comfortably held on for victory.


  • Watford manager Adrian Boothroyd: "I'm one of those daft people who don't believe in realism. I believe we can get promoted next season and that will be the aim.

    "Some might say it's a success to avoid relegation but I certainly don't.

    "I will only think I have achieved something when Watford are high up this league."

  • Stoke boss Tony Pulis: "I hope it is someone who is connected locally and I hope a sale happens fast," said Pulis on any possible new buyers for the club.

    "If it doesn't we could be in danger of missing out on players who could take this club forward."


    Stoke: Simonsen, Henry, Duberry, Taggart, Clarke (Halls 67), Greenacre, Brammer, Russell, Neal (Ricketts 76), Noel-Williams, Jones (Paterson 56).
    Subs Not Used: de Goey, Buxton.

    Booked: Duberry.

    Watford: Chamberlain, Doyley, DeMerit (Cox 74), Cullip, Chambers, Young, Mahon (Bangura 30), Blizzard, Bouazza (McNamee 86), Helguson, Dyer.
    Subs Not Used: Osborne, Kirk.

    Goals: Helguson 51.

    Att: 15,229

    Ref: M Atkinson (W Yorkshire).





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