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Alexandra Stadium (ATT 5,958) 11th September 2005 - Kick off 13:30 Ref: I Williamson

Crewe Crewe Alexandra vs Derby County Derby

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Crewe held by Rams

By James Pearson.   Last Updated: 11/09/05 3:20pm

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Crewe missed the chance to secure their second win of the Championship season after being held 1-1 by 10-man Derby County.

The Alex opened the scoring in the first half through Mark Rivers' simple header, although Morten Bisgaard's strike after half time earned a share of the spoils.

Derby found themselves down a man for the final 30 minutes of the contest with on loan Middlesbrough defender Andrew Davies seeing red for collecting two yellow cards.

Derby began the better of the sides with Marcus Tudgay heading over Tommy Smith's deep cross, but it was Crewe who took the lead.

Kenny Lunt's pin-point cross from the right was glanced home by Rivers in the middle to give Crewe a deserved lead.

Steve Foster almost doubled the home side's advantage, but Lee Camp produced a fine save to deny him from Lunt's left wing ball.

Derby came out a rejuvenated side after the break and were level just minutes into the half when Bisgaard capitalised on Ross Turnball's poor clearance by stroking the ball into the far post.

The Rams' hopes of securing all three points were hindered when Davies was sent off for earning his second booking for a challenge on Eddie Johnson when it appeared he won the ball.

Both side had chances to win the game with Luke Varney, Johnson and Tudgay going close but in the end a point apiece was a fair result.

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Sky Bet Championship

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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