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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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Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Watford 44 85
2 Bournemouth 44 84
3 Middlesbrough 44 84
4 Norwich City 44 82
5 Derby County 44 76
6 Ipswich Town 44 75
7 Brentford 44 72
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 44 72
9 Blackburn Rovers 43 60
10 Charlton Athletic 44 60
11 Nottingham Forest 44 59
12 Sheffield Wednesday 44 59
13 Cardiff City 44 56
14 Birmingham City 43 54
15 Huddersfield Town 44 53
16 Leeds United 44 52
17 Bolton Wanderers 44 51
18 Fulham 44 49
19 Reading 42 47
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 44 46
21 Rotherham United 43 44
22 Millwall 43 40
23 Wigan Athletic 44 39
24 Blackpool 44 25

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