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Vicarage Road Stadium (ATT 16,988) 19th November 2005 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: B Curson

Watford Watford vs Sheffield Wednesday Sheff Wed

Hornets sting Owls

By Simon Fudge.   Last Updated: 19/11/05 5:41pm

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Watford kept a firm grip on third place in the Championship table with a 2-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday.

First half strikes from Clarke Carlisle and Marlon King gave Adrian Boothroyd's side the win over their South Yorkshire opponents.

Glenn Whelan's consolation strike in second half injury time proved not enough for Paul Sturrock's Owls.

The visitors should have taken the lead after four minutes, but David Graham failed to hit the target with his header from Chris Eagles's corner from the left.

Watford then delighted the Vicarage Road crowd by taking the lead on 17 minutes, as Carlisle headed Ashley Young's free kick past Owls on-loan goalkeeper Nicky Weaver.

Seven minutes later, the Hertfordshire club doubled their advantage when Weaver fumbled Anthony McNamee's cross, thus allowing King to tap home with ease for his eighth goal of the season.

Matthew Spring then squandered a chance to add a third goal for The Hornets, while Eagles and Graham missed chances for Wednesday before the break.

Spring and King had chances to increase Watford's lead after half time, while Hornets goalkeeper Ben Foster had to make two good saves to efforts from Chris Brunt and Lee Peacock.

Foster was unable to record a clean sheet, however, as Whelan's 35-yard shot slipped through his hands and into the back of the net deep into injury time.

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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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