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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 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

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