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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 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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