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Vicarage Road Stadium (ATT 16,802) 20th August 2005 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: M Messias

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Burnley stung by Watford

By Adam Marshall.   Last Updated: 20/08/05 6:00pm

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Controversy ruled in Watford's 3-1 victory over Burnley, with Hornets goalkeeper Ben Foster lucky to remain on the pitch after conceding a first half penalty.

Marlon King had already opened the scoring when Foster came out and felled Ade Akinbiyi but was not dismissed for a professional foul before Garreth O' Connor converted the resultant penalty.

A deflected Gavin Mahon shot restored Watford's lead, but Matthew Spring's debut goal came as Burnley keeper Brian Jensen was left prostrate on the ground injured.

King had already threatened for the hosts before another debutant, Malky Mackay's long ball put him clear and he slotted home with aplomb.

Foster appeared to have got the ball as he conceded the penalty, but referee Matt Messias should have dismissed the on-loan keeper after giving the foul.

Mahon was delighted when his speculative shot hit the back of Graham Branch in a highly makeshift Clarets defence, and looped over Jensen.

The second half saw Akinbiyi threaten for Burnley, but the scoring was wrapped up by Watford, with Jensen hurt on the edge of his box, when Spring fired home after Darius Henderson's pass.

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1 Bournemouth 22 42
2 Ipswich Town 22 41
3 Brentford 22 40
4 Middlesbrough 22 39
5 Derby County 22 39
6 Watford 22 38
7 Norwich City 22 34
8 Blackburn Rovers 22 34
9 Nottingham Forest 22 31
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers 22 31
11 Cardiff City 22 30
12 Charlton Athletic 22 30
13 Fulham 22 28
14 Sheffield Wednesday 22 28
15 Birmingham City 22 28
16 Bolton Wanderers 22 26
17 Reading 22 25
18 Leeds United 22 24
19 Rotherham United 22 24
20 Huddersfield Town 22 24
21 Millwall 22 23
22 Brighton and Hove Albion 22 19
23 Wigan Athletic 22 17
24 Blackpool 22 13

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