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Watford   3 - 0   Derby

Watford v Derby

Watford 3-0 Derby

Free-scoring Watford notched three goals in nine first-half minutes to see off dismal Derby and rack up a seventh consecutive Championship victory.

The Rams edged a dull opening half-hour which was short on incident but the Hornets took the lead when Will Buckley turned in Don Cowie's cut-back.

Danny Graham added a second, firing the ball home after a sweeping team move.

And Marvin Sordell capitalised on a defensive gaffe by John Brayford to race through it and make 3-0.

That near ten-minute spell of madness cost the Rams any chance of taking something from a match they had started in promising fashion.

Alberto Bueno, back in the side after missing the humiliating FA Cup defeat at the hands of Crawley on Monday, had the first effort on goal but his strike from the edge of the box flew wide.

Kris Commons also fired a low shot off target for the Rams after an impressive burst of pace.

But the hosts broke the deadlock on 36 minutes when winger Cowie made space on the left and pulled the ball back to Buckley, whose slotted finish went through goalkeeper Stephen Bywater's legs.

Watford's second saw Graham smash the ball home after a wonderful team move. Buckley released Sordell with a clever lofted pass and Sordell raced down the right and picked out Graham inside the penalty area.

And it got even worse for the visitors before the break when Brayford failed to deal with a long ball forward and Sordell ran through to the fire past a bewildered Bywater.

Clough reacted with a double change at the break, replacing Commons and James Bailey with Stephen Pearson and Dean Leacock, while Paul Green moved forward from full-back into midfield.

But although they improved, Derby were restricted to a couple of long-range attempts from Green and Miles Addison and Watford boss Malky Mackay saw his side - now the division's joint top scorers - hold on without too many alarms.

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Saturday, 15 January 2011

Npower Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Watford 3-0 Derby FT
(HT 3-0)
  • Buckley 36
  • Graham 43
  • Sordell 45+2

    Watford

    • 01 Loach
    • 05 M Taylor
    • 06 Mariappa
    • 12 Doyley
    • 17 Bennett
    • 07 Cowie (Deeney 46)
    • 11 Buckley (Whichelow 61)
    • 14 Jenkins
    • 15 McGinn
    • 10 Graham
    • 20 Sordell (Mingoia 81)

    Substitutes

    • 13 Gilmartin,
    • 02 Hodson,
    • 08 Walker,
    • 23 Mingoia,
    • 24 Whichelow,
    • 09 Deeney,
    • 27 Massey

    Derby

    • 01 Bywater
    • 02 Brayford
    • 03 Roberts
    • 05 Barker
    • 20 Addison
    • 04 Green
    • 08 Savage
    • 16 Bailey (Pearson 46 yellow card)
    • 10 Commons yellow card (Leacock 46 yellow card)
    • 12 Porter
    • 27 Bueno (Davies 84)

    Substitutes

    • 13 Deeney,
    • 06 Leacock,
    • 17 Buxton,
    • 11 Pearson,
    • 18 Pringle,
    • 07 Davies,
    • 23 Doyle
    Ref: WardAtt: 12,917
    WATFORD
    DERBY

    Possession

    • Watford 53%
    • Derby 47%

    Attempts on target

    • Watford 5
    • Derby 0

    Attempts off target

    • Watford 3
    • Derby 6

    Corners

    • Watford 4
    • Derby 1

    Fouls

    • Watford 7
    • Derby 12
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:09 The referee brings the game to a close.
    • 90:00+1:50 Corner taken short by Danny Graham.
    • 90:00+1:40 Danny Graham delivers the ball, clearance made by John Brayford.
    • 87:52 Martin Taylor fouled by Miles Addison, the ref awards a free kick. Martin Taylor restarts play with the free kick.
    • 87:13 A cross is delivered by Paul Green, save by Scott Loach.
    • 86:26 John Brayford produces a cross, clearance made by Martin Taylor.
    • 84:42 The ball is delivered by Stephen Pearson.
    • Correction - 83:41 Substitution Alberto Bueno leaves the field to be replaced by Steve Davies.
    • 83:18 Substitution Steve Davies replaces Alberto Bueno.
    • 83:13 The ball is crossed by Troy Deeney.
    • 82:57 The ball is crossed by Danny Graham.
    • 82:10 Stephen Pearson is caught offside. Scott Loach restarts play with the free kick.
    • 80:06 Foul by Dean Leacock on Marvin Sordell, free kick awarded. Lloyd Doyley crosses the ball in from the free kick, save made by Stephen Bywater.
    • 80:06 Substitution Piero Mingoia on for Marvin Sordell.
    • 80:06 Booking The referee books Dean Leacock for dissent.
    • 78:50 Centre by Adrian Mariappa.
    • 75:39 Stephen Pearson crosses the ball, Headed effort on goal by Paul Green from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the goal.
    • 75:11 Foul by Stephen McGinn on Alberto Bueno, free kick awarded. Robbie Savage restarts play with the free kick.
    • 74:37 Foul by Marvin Sordell on Paul Green, free kick awarded. Robbie Savage takes the free kick.
    • 73:24 Troy Deeney fouled by Miles Addison, the ref awards a free kick. Martin Taylor takes the direct free kick.
    • 73:24 Booking The referee cautions Stephen Pearson for dissent.
    • 70:46 Danny Graham is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Dean Leacock.
    • 70:08 Foul by Lloyd Doyley on Robbie Savage, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Robbie Savage from right channel.
    • 69:45 Shot from just outside the box by Stephen McGinn misses to the right of the target.
    • 69:35 Centre by Adrian Mariappa, clearance made by John Brayford.
    • 66:54 Matthew Whichelow has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 66:28 Marvin Sordell delivers the ball, save by Stephen Bywater.
    • 63:49 Alberto Bueno has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.
    • 63:40 John Brayford crosses the ball, Martin Taylor makes a clearance.
    • 62:25 The ball is swung over by Alberto Bueno, Martin Taylor manages to make a clearance.
    • 60:45 Substitution Matthew Whichelow on for Will Buckley.
    • 60:22 Effort from just outside the area by Miles Addison goes over the bar.
    • 60:09 Robbie Savage delivers the ball, clearance made by Dale Bennett.
    • 58:58 Stephen Pearson produces a cross, Lloyd Doyley manages to make a clearance.
    • 58:47 Stephen Pearson crosses the ball, clearance made by Will Buckley.
    • 58:35 The ball is sent over by John Brayford, clearance made by Dale Bennett.
    • 57:34 The referee blows for offside. Scott Loach takes the free kick.
    • 57:23 Centre by Paul Green.
    • 56:58 Danny Graham decides to take a short corner.
    • 56:00 Centre by Adrian Mariappa, save by Stephen Bywater.
    • 53:43 The referee blows for offside against Danny Graham. Indirect free kick taken by Dean Leacock.
    • 52:05 The ball is crossed by Troy Deeney, Robbie Savage makes a clearance.
    • 49:54 Effort from outside the penalty box by Paul Green goes wide right of the target.
    • 47:53 John Brayford sends in a cross.
    • 45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
    • 45:01 Substitution James Bailey leaves the field to be replaced by Stephen Pearson.
    • 45:01 Substitution Dean Leacock replaces Kris Commons.
    • 45:01 Substitution Troy Deeney on for Don Cowie.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+2:14 The half-time whistle blows.
    • 45:00+1:02 GOAL - Marvin SordellWatford 3 - 0 Derby Marvin Sordell fires in a goal from the edge of the penalty area low into the middle of the goal. Watford 3-0 Derby.
    • 43:55 Kris Commons fouled by Will Buckley, the ref awards a free kick. Robbie Savage crosses the ball in from the free kick, Ross Jenkins manages to make a clearance.
    • 42:46 The assist for the goal came from Will Buckley.
    • 42:46 GOAL - Danny GrahamWatford 2 - 0 Derby Danny Graham gets on the score sheet with a goal from close range low into the middle of the goal. Watford 2-0 Derby.
    • 40:01 The ball is delivered by Marvin Sordell, save by Stephen Bywater.
    • 38:20 Kris Commons is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Scott Loach takes the direct free kick.
    • 38:20 Booking Kris Commons is given a yellow card.
    • 36:27 Free kick awarded for a foul by Miles Addison on Will Buckley. Scott Loach restarts play with the free kick.
    • 35:11 The assist for the goal came from Don Cowie.
    • 35:11 GOAL - Will BuckleyWatford 1 - 0 Derby Will Buckley scores a goal from inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Watford 1-0 Derby.
    • 31:55 Gareth Roberts crosses the ball.
    • 29:38 The ball is sent over by Gareth Roberts, Dale Bennett makes a clearance.
    • 26:59 The ball is crossed by Will Buckley.
    • 25:43 Foul by James Bailey on Don Cowie, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Don Cowie.
    • 24:54 Effort from the edge of the box by Kris Commons goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 24:10 Marvin Sordell produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.
    • 21:48 Foul by Miles Addison on Will Buckley, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Don Cowie from right channel.
    • 20:38 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Don Cowie, Shaun Barker makes a clearance.
    • 19:22 The ball is crossed by Will Buckley, Paul Green manages to make a clearance.
    • 19:00 Unfair challenge on Adrian Mariappa by Chris Porter results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Scott Loach.
    • 18:31 Unfair challenge on Shaun Barker by Don Cowie results in a free kick. John Brayford takes the free kick.
    • 17:32 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marvin Sordell by Shaun Barker. Direct free kick taken by Lloyd Doyley.
    • 15:06 Ross Jenkins challenges Kris Commons unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Robbie Savage, clearance by Danny Graham.
    • 15:00 The ball is sent over by Chris Porter, Ross Jenkins manages to make a clearance.
    • 14:14 Corner taken right-footed by Alberto Bueno from the left by-line to the near post, Will Buckley makes a clearance.
    • 13:56 The ball is swung over by Will Buckley.
    • 13:42 Shaun Barker gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Graham. Don Cowie restarts play with the free kick.
    • 12:44 The ball is sent over by Alberto Bueno, Scott Loach makes a save.
    • 11:18 Don Cowie produces a cross, Stephen Bywater makes a save.
    • 10:26 Corner taken right-footed by Don Cowie from the right by-line, clearance made by Robbie Savage.
    • 10:14 Marvin Sordell takes a shot. Gareth Roberts makes a clearance.
    • 10:04 A cross is delivered by Marvin Sordell, clearance by Paul Green.
    • 7:20 A cross is delivered by Marvin Sordell, save by Stephen Bywater.
    • 6:31 Stephen McGinn takes a shot. John Brayford gets a block in.
    • 5:51 John Brayford gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Graham. Direct free kick taken by Don Cowie.
    • 5:21 Will Buckley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gareth Roberts. Robbie Savage restarts play with the free kick.
    • 4:47 Foul by Chris Porter on Lloyd Doyley, free kick awarded. Scott Loach restarts play with the free kick.
    • 2:45 Alberto Bueno has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.
    • 2:29 Centre by Chris Porter, clearance made by Lloyd Doyley.
    • 0:34 Chris Porter gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adrian Mariappa. Scott Loach takes the direct free kick.
    • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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    Npower Championship table snapshot

    As it stood on 15 Jan 2011 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 QPR 26 27 49
    2 Swansea 27 9 46
    3 Cardiff 26 10 44
    4 Norwich 26 8 44
    5 Leeds 27 7 44
    6 Watford 25 15 42
    7 Reading 26 13 40
    8 Nott'm Forest 24 12 40
    9 Millwall 26 9 39
    10 Burnley 25 6 36
    11 Coventry 27 -1 36
    12 Hull 26 -1 36
    13 Leicester 27 -7 36
    14 Derby 26 1 34
    15 Doncaster 24 -2 34
    16 Barnsley 25 -7 33
    17 Bristol City 26 -10 31
    18 Portsmouth 25 -4 30
    19 Middlesbrough 26 -5 29
    20 Ipswich 25 -7 28
    21 Sheff Utd 26 -16 27
    22 Crystal Palace 26 -21 25
    23 Scunthorpe 24 -18 23
    24 Preston 25 -18 20


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