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Pride Park Stadium (ATT 23,664) 29th August 2005 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: C Penton

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Carlisle claims Watford win

By Simon Fudge.   Last Updated: 29/08/05 5:11pm

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Watford continued their fine start to the new season with a 2-1 victory over ten-man Derby County at Pride Park.

Second half strikes by Matthew Spring and Clarke Carlisle cancelled out Adam Bolder's early goal for The Rams, as Derby had Richard Jackson sent off for a professional foul.

It took The Rams just four minutes to break the deadlock, as Grzegorz Rasiak's cross from the left found Jeff Kenna on the right.

The Irishman pulled the ball back to Bolder and he finished with aplomb with his right foot past on-loan goalkeeper Ben Foster.

Despite being a goal down, The Hornets responded well and had plenty of possession in the opening 45 minutes.

In fact, Adrian Boothroyd's side were unlucky not to be level at the break after Anthony McNamee failed to convert Ashley Young's cross from the right from close range.

The visitors continued to press for the equaliser after the restart and Young went close after clipping his lobbed effort over Rams goalkeeper Lee Camp before it was cleared off the line by Derby's Michael Johnson.

On 58 minutes, Jackson was sent off after fouling James Chambers in the box for a penalty but Marlon King subsequently struck his left foot spot kick against the post.

Despite the missed penalty, Watford made the extra man count and Spring finished McNamee's cross from the right with a fine right foot strike on 67 minutes.

An open spell of play saw chances at either end but The Hornets deservedly took the points as skipper Carlisle headed home McNamee's free kick from the right with a minute left.

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Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Derby County 13 26
2 Watford 13 25
3 Middlesbrough 13 23
4 Wolverhampton Wanderers 13 23
5 Norwich City 13 22
6 Nottingham Forest 13 22
7 Charlton Athletic 13 22
8 Bournemouth 13 21
9 Ipswich Town 13 20
10 Cardiff City 13 19
11 Blackburn Rovers 13 19
12 Brentford 13 19
13 Sheffield Wednesday 13 18
14 Rotherham United 13 16
15 Leeds United 13 16
16 Huddersfield Town 13 16
17 Reading 13 15
18 Millwall 13 14
19 Wigan Athletic 13 12
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 13 12
21 Birmingham City 13 11
22 Fulham 13 11
23 Bolton Wanderers 13 8
24 Blackpool 13 6

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