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Clough: Looking to build on good start

Clough: Looking to build on good start

Team news for Saturday's Championship clash between Watford and Derby at Vicarage Road.

Watford boss Sean Dyche has no new injury problems to contend with for the visit of Derby.

Midfielder Stephen McGinn is the only absentee as he continues to be sidelined with a knee injury.

The Hornets threw away a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 at Burnley on the opening day and have had a full week to rest after their Carling Cup tie at Bristol Rovers on Wednesday was postponed due to the disturbances in the city.

Summer signing Chris Iwelumo is set to keep his place up front despite being replaced by Troy Deeney against his former side Burnley.

Dyche is unlikely to make too many changes from that game with David Mirfin, Carl Dickinson, Prince Buaben and Tom James all vying for their debuts.

Stand-in skipper Jason Shackell is expected to be fit for Derby's trip to Watford.

The summer signing from Championship rivals Barnsley, who missed the majority of pre-season with a calf injury, was substituted late on in the Carling Cup defeat to Shrewsbury on Tuesday night due to a stiff back.

With fellow centre-halves Shaun Barker (knee), Jake Buxton, Russell Anderson (groin) and Dean Leacock (knee) already sidelined by injury, manager Nigel Clough's options at the heart of defence are limited to just Shackell and youngster Mark O'Brien.

Chris Riggott, who re-joined the club on a one-year deal this week, is still working his way back to full fitness following a series of injuries and is not yet in consideration for a first-team place.

Clough expects Shackell, who scored Derby's first goal of the season in the 2-1 win over Birmingham last weekend, to be available at Vicarage Road on Saturday.

"Knowing the character that Jason is he will be fine for Saturday," said Clough, who will have striker Jamie Ward and midfielder Jeff Hendrick back in the squad following their return from international duty.

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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