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  • Tonge (12), Porter (77)
  • Date:2010-03-06
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Pride Park Stadium
  • Attendance:29492
  • Referee:Horwood, G

Live Commentary

90mins

That's it, it's all over, the referee has blown the final whistle.

88mins

Chris Porter is replaced by Dave Martin.

82mins

Lloyd Doyley is replaced by Liam Henderson.

80mins

Derby are replacing Michael Tonge with Russell Anderson.

80mins

John Eustace goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

77mins

Goal!! Derby have scored with Chris Porter putting it in the back of the net.

77mins

Jon Harley is replaced by Stephen McGinn.

75mins

Derby are replacing Rob Hulse with Steve Davies.

71mins

Heidar Helguson is replaced by Will Hoskins.

46mins

Nicky Hunt is booked for unsporting behaviour.

46mins

The second half is under way with the score currently at 1 v 0.

45mins

The ref has blown his whistle for half time.

27mins

Dean Moxey is booked for unsporting behaviour.

12mins

Goal!! Michael Tonge scores for Derby.

0mins

The ref has blown his whistle and the match has started.

0mins

Derby face Watford at 3pm on Saturday, March 6th.


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Match Report

Watford's poor away run continued following a 2-0 defeat at Derby County with Michael Tonge's first goal for two-and-a-half years putting Nigel Clough's men on course for all three points.

Tonge struck with a spectacular left-foot drive early in the first half and Chris Porter sealed Watford's fate with his second goal in consecutive games.

Derby had a great chance to take the lead when Stephen Pearson surged into the box in the opening exchanges, teeing up Paul Green but his effort from 15 yards was pushed away by goalkeeper Scott Loach.

But Loach was beaten just four minutes later when Tonge finally ended his goal drought with a 25-yard shot that went in off the underside of the bar.

The hosts were in control but were given a reminder five minutes before half time that the game was far from over when Danny Graham got in front of Stephen Bywater and flicked a header just over.

The visitors had offered little as an attacking force in the first half but they went close to equalising in the 54th minute when Henri Lansbury's low drive forced Bywater into a sprawling save.

Lansbury had a great chance to level in the 70th minute when Dean Moxey's back header fell short but the midfielder delayed his shot which allowed Nicky Hunt to make a vital challenge.

It was a let-off for Derby, who were looking far from secure, but their nerves were settled in the 76th minute when Porter secured the win.

A mistake by Jay Demerit let Porter in and the striker showed good composure to fire low into the bottom right corner.

It was his second goal against Watford this season and this latest defeat means the Hornets have not won on the road since October 17th, a run of 11 Championship away games.

Derby County

Watford

Corners

63

Fouls

1816

Goal attempts

Shots off target

43

Offsides

16

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