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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
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 27 51
2 Middlesbrough 27 50
3 Ipswich Town 27 50
4 Brentford 27 49
5 Derby County 26 48
6 Watford 27 47
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 27 44
8 Norwich City 27 43
9 Sheffield Wednesday 26 37
10 Blackburn Rovers 26 36
11 Birmingham City 26 35
12 Nottingham Forest 27 34
13 Cardiff City 27 34
14 Fulham 27 34
15 Huddersfield Town 27 34
16 Bolton Wanderers 26 33
17 Charlton Athletic 27 32
18 Reading 26 30
19 Brighton and Hove Albion 27 29
20 Leeds United 27 29
21 Rotherham United 26 26
22 Millwall 26 23
23 Wigan Athletic 27 21
24 Blackpool 27 17

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