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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 Watford 45 88
2 Bournemouth 44 84
3 Middlesbrough 45 84
4 Norwich City 45 83
5 Ipswich Town 45 78
6 Derby County 45 77
7 Brentford 45 75
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 45 75
9 Blackburn Rovers 45 64
10 Charlton Athletic 45 60
11 Birmingham City 45 60
12 Nottingham Forest 45 59
13 Cardiff City 45 59
14 Sheffield Wednesday 45 59
15 Leeds United 45 55
16 Huddersfield Town 45 54
17 Fulham 45 52
18 Bolton Wanderers 44 51
19 Reading 44 47
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 45 46
21 Rotherham United 44 42
22 Millwall 45 41
23 Wigan Athletic 45 39
24 Blackpool 45 25

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