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Turf Moor (ATT 13,815) 17th December 2005 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: E Ilderton

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Burnley thrash Watford

By Richard Scott.   Last Updated: 17/12/05 6:00pm

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Burnley thrashed Watford 4-1 at Turf Moor to record their fifth straight home win. The Clarets move up to eighth and are only outside the play-off places on goal difference.

Watford, who failed to close the gap on Sheffield United, started the better team and had a couple of early efforts through Marlon King and James Chambers.

Brian Jensen in the Burnley goal then produced a good save after a fine curling effort from Matthew Spring, as they continued to look the most likely to score.

Burnley went ahead against the run of play on 33 minutes with their first chance of the game through Graham Branch. Clarke Carlisle misjudged a long ball from the back and Branch fired low into the far corner after cutting into the box from the touchline.

Jon Harley then registered his first goal for the club to give Burnley a 2-0 lead three minutes before half time. The former Sheffield United full back fired home a free kick from the edge of the box, after Ben Foster in the Watford goal was deemed to have handled just outside the box.

Hornets manager Adrian Boothroyd threw on Jay DeMerit and Anthony McNamee at the interval in an effort to get back into the game.

King got Watford back into the game on 63 minutes after his low shot found the back of the net from outside the box.

Watford pushed for the equaliser and Jensen was forced to pull off a fine double save from Spring's header and King's follow-up.

Burnley got a third goal though to kill off the game with 14 minutes to go. Harley struck his second of the game from the penalty spot, after Foster had brought down Branch.

James O'Connor added a fourth two minutes later to put the icing on the cake for Burnley.

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Middlesbrough 35 66
2 Derby County 35 65
3 Watford 35 65
4 Bournemouth 35 63
5 Norwich City 34 62
6 Brentford 35 61
7 Ipswich Town 34 60
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 35 57
9 Nottingham Forest 35 50
10 Sheffield Wednesday 34 46
11 Blackburn Rovers 34 45
12 Charlton Athletic 35 45
13 Cardiff City 35 44
14 Birmingham City 34 42
15 Huddersfield Town 35 42
16 Leeds United 34 41
17 Bolton Wanderers 35 41
18 Reading 35 41
19 Brighton and Hove Albion 35 40
20 Fulham 35 39
21 Rotherham United 35 37
22 Millwall 35 31
23 Wigan Athletic 34 28
24 Blackpool 34 22

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