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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 Derby County 18 35
2 Bournemouth 18 32
3 Middlesbrough 18 32
4 Ipswich Town 18 31
5 Brentford 18 31
6 Blackburn Rovers 18 30
7 Watford 18 29
8 Nottingham Forest 18 28
9 Charlton Athletic 18 28
10 Norwich City 18 27
11 Wolverhampton Wanderers 18 27
12 Cardiff City 18 26
13 Sheffield Wednesday 18 22
14 Huddersfield Town 18 21
15 Reading 18 21
16 Leeds United 18 20
17 Fulham 18 19
18 Millwall 18 19
19 Birmingham City 18 19
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 18 18
21 Bolton Wanderers 18 18
22 Rotherham United 18 18
23 Wigan Athletic 18 17
24 Blackpool 18 8

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