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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 27 51
2 Derby County 27 51
3 Middlesbrough 27 50
4 Ipswich Town 27 50
5 Brentford 27 49
6 Watford 27 47
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 27 44
8 Norwich City 27 43
9 Sheffield Wednesday 27 38
10 Blackburn Rovers 27 36
11 Birmingham City 27 36
12 Nottingham Forest 27 34
13 Cardiff City 27 34
14 Fulham 27 34
15 Huddersfield Town 27 34
16 Bolton Wanderers 27 33
17 Charlton Athletic 27 32
18 Reading 27 31
19 Brighton and Hove Albion 27 29
20 Leeds United 27 29
21 Rotherham United 27 29
22 Millwall 27 24
23 Wigan Athletic 27 21
24 Blackpool 27 17

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