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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 Bournemouth 22 42
2 Ipswich Town 22 41
3 Brentford 22 40
4 Middlesbrough 22 39
5 Derby County 22 39
6 Watford 22 38
7 Norwich City 22 34
8 Blackburn Rovers 22 34
9 Nottingham Forest 22 31
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers 22 31
11 Cardiff City 22 30
12 Charlton Athletic 22 30
13 Fulham 22 28
14 Sheffield Wednesday 22 28
15 Birmingham City 22 28
16 Bolton Wanderers 22 26
17 Reading 22 25
18 Leeds United 22 24
19 Rotherham United 22 24
20 Huddersfield Town 22 24
21 Millwall 22 23
22 Brighton and Hove Albion 22 19
23 Wigan Athletic 22 17
24 Blackpool 22 13

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