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Vicarage Road Stadium (ATT 13,689) 6th November 2004 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: G Salisbury

Watford Watford vs Derby County Derby


Derby 2

Hornets hold in-form Rams

By Simon Fudge.   Last Updated: 06/11/04 6:59pm

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Derby County missed the chance to close the gap on the play-off places after a 2-2 draw at Watford.

Second half strikes from Ian Taylor and substitute Paul Peschisolido had cancelled out Heidar Helguson's first half goal for The Hornets, but Brynjar Gunnarsson's late leveller meant a share of the points at Vicarage Road.

The visitors looked the brighter of the two sides in the early stages, with Inigo Idiakez forcing Watford goalkeeper Richard Lee into a fine save with a 35-yard strike while Tom Huddlestone's audacious volley from the edge of the box sailed wide of goal.

Watford replied with chances from Ashley Young and Helguson before the Icelandic hit-man gave the home side the lead four minutes before the break.

Young combined well with Neal Ardley down the right flank before finding Helguson with a cross that the Scandinavian striker headed home to give Watford a one-goal half time lead.

The Hornets went close to doubling their lead when Gavin Mahon fired a shot just over the bar, as Rams boss George Burley introduced Peschisolido to the match in the second half to try and turn his side's fortunes around.

Derby came close to equalising as Grzegorz Rasiak headed Idiakez's corner against the bar from close range.

Soon after, Derby were level after Tommy Smith's cross found the head of Adam Bolder and despite a good save from Lee, Taylor was on hand to slot the rebound home for 1-1.

Taylor then tested Lee with a long-range volley before Peschisolido made it 2-1 with a volley strike of his own with 17 minutes remaining - his 100th goal in English League football.

The visitors thought they were on their way to their fourth straight win, but former Nottingham Forest man Gunnarsson (pictured) was Watford's hero with eight minutes remaining, as he struck for a share of the spoils in Hertfordshire.



Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 46 90
2 Watford 46 89
3 Norwich City 46 86
4 Middlesbrough 46 85
5 Brentford 46 78
6 Ipswich Town 46 78
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 78
8 Derby County 46 77
9 Blackburn Rovers 46 67
10 Birmingham City 46 63
11 Cardiff City 46 62
12 Charlton Athletic 46 60
13 Sheffield Wednesday 46 60
14 Nottingham Forest 46 59
15 Leeds United 46 56
16 Huddersfield Town 46 55
17 Fulham 46 52
18 Bolton Wanderers 46 51
19 Reading 46 50
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 46 47
21 Rotherham United 46 46
22 Millwall 46 41
23 Wigan Athletic 46 39
24 Blackpool 46 26