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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 13 26
2 Watford 13 25
3 Middlesbrough 13 23
4 Wolverhampton Wanderers 13 23
5 Norwich City 13 22
6 Nottingham Forest 13 22
7 Charlton Athletic 13 22
8 Bournemouth 13 21
9 Ipswich Town 13 20
10 Cardiff City 13 19
11 Blackburn Rovers 13 19
12 Brentford 13 19
13 Sheffield Wednesday 13 18
14 Rotherham United 13 16
15 Leeds United 13 16
16 Huddersfield Town 13 16
17 Reading 13 15
18 Millwall 13 14
19 Wigan Athletic 13 12
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 13 12
21 Birmingham City 13 11
22 Fulham 13 11
23 Bolton Wanderers 13 8
24 Blackpool 13 6

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