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

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