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Derby 1-0 Watford

Rob Hulse's late header secured Derby's first win in seven league games as they overcame Watford at Pride Park.

Both sides had plenty of chances, but a draw looked on the cards until Hulse's winner seven minutes from time.

A swift counter-attack ended with Nacer Barazite crossing for the former Sheffield United striker to head in his seventh goal of the season.

Watford had a chance to break the deadlock but Jobi McAnuff's shot took several deflections before going wide.


Derby manager Paul Jewell on striker Rob Hulse:
"Rob was ill this week. He lost a lot of weight and only had his first training session on Wednesday.

"He is a terrific pro and I feel he is still finding his feet after a year out of the game (because of injury).

"This was his seventh goal for us this season and I think that's a decent return. I think we deserved to win."

Watford manager Brendan Rodgers:
"We were not at our best today, we didn't start great and it's always difficult when you don't start again particularly well.

"I thought we were a little better in the second half and we had a spell of 10 or 15 minutes when it looked as though we could get something.

"We're disappointed not to get a point and were disappointed with the goal which came from our throw-in."


Derby: Bywater, Albrechtsen, Nyatanga, Tomkins, Stewart, Teale (Barazite 56), Addison, Kazmierczak (Barnes 66), Commons, Ellington, Varney (Hulse 62).
Subs Not Used: Price, Zadkovich.

Goals: Hulse 83.

Watford: Loach, Mariappa (DeMerit 52), Bromby, Jenkins, Doyley, Harley, O'Toole (Bridcutt 70), Williamson, McAnuff, Smith, Priskin (Hoskins 42).
Subs Not Used: Lee, Robinson.

Att: 27,833

Ref: Carl Boyeson (E Yorkshire).




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