AN­OTHER CLAS­SIC IN A SEA­SON OF THEM

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

CAT­A­STROPHIC blun­ders, a penalty and a red card. Won­der goals, won­der saves, a come­back and a col­lapse.

Just when you thought the Cham­pi­onship pro­mo­tion race couldn’t get any bet­ter, it serves up a clas­sic that epit­o­mises this crazy, hel­ter-skel­ter race for the top flight.

Quite how Derby failed to win this game only they can an­swer. goal and a man up with half an hour to play, they should have put Wat­ford to the sword.

In­stead, they let the nerves set in, switched off and were pun­ished by a won­der­ful piece of foot­ball.

Such is life when your con­fi­dence is shot.

Once cham­pi­ons-elect, the Rams are now win­less in seven and in the top six only on goal dif­fer­ence. Keep­ing them there must now be Steve McClaren’s only aim.

For Wat­ford, this was a huge point, and one their first-half dom­i­nance mer­ited. De­fen­sively, the Hor­nets re­main frag­ile but the mix­ture of in­ci­sive­ness and spirit should en­sure they battle for au­to­matic pro­mo­tion.

STAR MAN HEURE

LHO GOMES

Wat­ford

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