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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 33 65
2 Middlesbrough 33 63
3 Ipswich Town 33 60
4 Bournemouth 33 59
5 Norwich City 33 59
6 Watford 33 59
7 Brentford 33 58
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 33 54
9 Nottingham Forest 33 47
10 Blackburn Rovers 33 44
11 Sheffield Wednesday 33 43
12 Huddersfield Town 33 42
13 Cardiff City 33 41
14 Leeds United 33 41
15 Reading 33 40
16 Charlton Athletic 33 39
17 Birmingham City 33 39
18 Brighton and Hove Albion 33 37
19 Bolton Wanderers 33 37
20 Fulham 33 36
21 Rotherham United 33 34
22 Millwall 33 31
23 Wigan Athletic 33 25
24 Blackpool 33 22

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