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Watford 1-2 Derby County

Craig Bryson
Midfielder Bryson has scored three times for the Rams this season

Derby went clear at the top of the Championship after Craig Bryson's impressive strike from outside the area saw them win at Watford.

Jordan Ibe put the Rams ahead six minutes before half-time when he found the net from 20 yards.

The hosts dominated much of the second half and Gianni Munari struck a deserved equaliser from close range.

But Bryson secured the win for Steve McLaren's side when he fired high into Jonathan Bond's goal.

The Rams looked lively early on and Jeff Hendrick went close when his shot from 20 yards was tipped onto a post by Hornets keeper Bond.

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McClaren on Watford v Derby

Lloyd Dyer had Watford's first clear chance when his shot from inside the box was saved by Jack Butland.

The Rams keeper denied the Hornets a number of times, in what could prove to be his last appearance with his loan deal from Stoke set to end next week.

The England international thwarted Troy Deeney and Fernando Forestieri before the Argentine-born Italian striker was denied another attempt by Craig Forsyth's tackle.

However, it was derby who took the lead when Ibe chested down Johnny Russell's pass before curling a shot past Bond.

Deeney was denied again by Butland and Forestieri fired wide twice, but Munari levelled matters soon after when he beat the goalkeeper from inside the box.

But Derby responded positively again and, after Forsyth's attempt was blocked by Bond, Bryson found the net with his side's second long-range strike of the match.

Watford poured forward in search of a second equaliser, but Butland ensured the Rams claimed all the points to move three clear of Bournemouth at the top.

Watford manager Slavisa Jokanovic: "We played the first 45 minutes without energy. We didn't play a good game and we didn't press them really. With the goal, we were a little bit scared.

"We weren't being brave and played many passes at the back slowly. We had many problems in the first 45 minutes."

Derby manager Steve McClaren: "I thought we'd lost our moment. We needed a second goal and we should have had that. We were losing it, having dominated the game for an hour.

"We played great possession football, some great chances, a great goal and were in the driving seat and in control. But you can't go through 90 minutes at a place like Watford with the quality they've got and not expect to come under some pressure."

Line-ups

Watford

  • 30Bond
  • 14Paredes
  • 6Ekstrand
  • 39Bassong Nguena
  • 12DoyleyBooked at 84mins
  • 5AndrewsSubstituted forMunariat 62'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 8TozserBooked at 90mins
  • 24IghaloSubstituted forVydraat 45'minutes
  • 11Forestieri
  • 23DyerSubstituted forAnyaat 75'minutes
  • 9DeeneyBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 3Munari
  • 4Angella
  • 15Cathcart
  • 16Murray
  • 20Vydra
  • 21Anya
  • 34Gilmartin

Derby

  • 36Butland
  • 2Christie
  • 6KeoghBooked at 13mins
  • 32Shotton
  • 3Forsyth
  • 8Hendrick
  • 33Mascarell
  • 19HughesSubstituted forBrysonat 66'minutes
  • 11RussellSubstituted forCouttsat 90+1'minutes
  • 9Martin
  • 44IbeSubstituted forDawkinsat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Bryson
  • 5Buxton
  • 7Dawkins
  • 14Eustace
  • 16Coutts
  • 21Roos
  • 30Best
Referee:
Keith Stroud
Attendance:
17,421

Match Stats

Home TeamWatfordAway TeamDerby
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home15
Away11
Shots on Target
Home6
Away6
Corners
Home6
Away9
Fouls
Home18
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Watford 1, Derby County 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Watford 1, Derby County 2.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Daniel Tözsér.

Booking

Daniel Tözsér (Watford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Chris Martin (Derby County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Daniel Tözsér (Watford).

Booking

Troy Deeney (Watford) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Gianni Munari (Watford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Simon Dawkins (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gianni Munari (Watford).

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Paul Coutts replaces Johnny Russell.

Jeff Hendrick (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Daniel Tözsér (Watford).

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Jack Butland.

Attempt saved. Ikechi Anya (Watford) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Matej Vydra.

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Richard Keogh.

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Ryan Shotton.

Attempt blocked. Matej Vydra (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ikechi Anya.

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Cyrus Christie.

Booking

Lloyd Doyley (Watford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Johnny Russell (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lloyd Doyley (Watford).

Goal!

Goal! Watford 1, Derby County 2. Craig Bryson (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Craig Forsyth.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Jonathan Bond.

Attempt saved. Craig Forsyth (Derby County) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Johnny Russell.

Foul by Jeff Hendrick (Derby County).

Daniel Tözsér (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris Martin (Derby County).

Joel Ekstrand (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Johnny Russell (Derby County) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Craig Forsyth with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Fernando Forestieri (Watford) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Juan Carlos Paredes.

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Ikechi Anya replaces Lloyd Dyer.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Simon Dawkins replaces Jordon Ibe.

Chris Martin (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Juan Carlos Paredes (Watford).

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Richard Keogh.

Attempt blocked. Troy Deeney (Watford) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Fernando Forestieri.

Johnny Russell (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matej Vydra (Watford).

Attempt missed. Matej Vydra (Watford) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Fernando Forestieri.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Derby18105335171835
2Bournemouth1895435181732
3Middlesbrough1895427131432
4Ipswich188732719831
5Brentford189452624231
6Blackburn188642925430
7Watford1885531211029
8Nottm Forest187742923628
9Charlton1861022018228
10Norwich187652822627
11Wolves187652225-327
12Cardiff187562322126
13Sheff Wed1841041214-222
14Huddersfield185672531-621
15Reading186392329-621
16Leeds185582126-520
17Fulham185492833-519
18Millwall184771924-519
19Birmingham184771529-1419
20Brighton183962023-318
21Bolton1853102128-718
22Rotherham184681525-1018
23Wigan183871923-417
24Blackpool1815121230-188
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