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

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