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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 39 73
2 Watford 39 72
3 Middlesbrough 39 72
4 Norwich City 39 70
5 Derby County 39 67
6 Ipswich Town 39 67
7 Brentford 39 66
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 39 65
9 Nottingham Forest 39 57
10 Blackburn Rovers 39 54
11 Charlton Athletic 39 54
12 Sheffield Wednesday 39 53
13 Leeds United 39 52
14 Cardiff City 39 51
15 Birmingham City 38 47
16 Brighton and Hove Albion 39 45
17 Bolton Wanderers 39 45
18 Huddersfield Town 39 44
19 Reading 38 44
20 Fulham 39 43
21 Rotherham United 39 40
22 Wigan Athletic 39 35
23 Millwall 39 33
24 Blackpool 39 23

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