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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 34 65
2 Middlesbrough 34 63
3 Norwich City 34 62
4 Watford 34 62
5 Bournemouth 34 60
6 Ipswich Town 34 60
7 Brentford 34 58
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 34 57
9 Nottingham Forest 34 50
10 Sheffield Wednesday 34 46
11 Blackburn Rovers 34 45
12 Charlton Athletic 34 42
13 Birmingham City 34 42
14 Huddersfield Town 34 42
15 Cardiff City 34 41
16 Leeds United 34 41
17 Bolton Wanderers 34 40
18 Reading 34 40
19 Fulham 34 39
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 34 37
21 Rotherham United 34 37
22 Millwall 34 31
23 Wigan Athletic 34 28
24 Blackpool 34 22

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