Feb 23, 2013 at 3pm UK at ​Vicarage Road
DerbyDerby County
Ekstrand (68'), Vydra (35')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Ward (73' pen.)
Davies (45'), Ward (57')

Result: Matej Vydra helps Watford move second

Result: Vydra helps Watford move second
© PA Photos
Top scorer Matej Vydra is among the scorers as Watford beat Derby 2-1 at Vicarage Road to move into the Championship automatic promotion places.

Watford have moved into the Championship automatic promotion places courtesy of their 2-1 victory over Derby County at Vicarage Road this afternoon.

Hull City occupied second place prior to kickoff but the Tigers lost 4-1 at Bolton Wanderers, leaving the door open for Watford.

Top scorer Matej Vydra fired the Hornets ahead just before the interval and Joel Ekstrand doubled their advantage with a second-half strike.

Jamie Ward ensured a nervous finish when he pulled one back for Derby, but Watford hung on for a crucial three points in their promotion push.

Vydra had earlier been denied an opener by a parried save from Adam Legzdins, while Alexandre Geijo blazed the rebound over the crossbar.

Ikechi Anya was also guilty of a glaring miss when he sliced wide after being picked out at the back post by a Vydra cross.

After seeing his teammates spurn golden opportunities, the Udinese loanee broke the deadlock with a run and powerful shot which went in off the post.

Poor Rams defending from an Almen Abdi corner allowed Ekstrand to bundle the ball into the bottom corner at the near post on 68 minutes.

Lloyd Doyley's challenge on Ward inside the penalty area gave Derby a route back into the match four minutes later.

The visiting forward stepped up to convert the penalty himself for his sixth goal in seven games, but it was not enough to prevent Watford from victory.

Matej Vydra is congratulated by team mate Troy Deeney after scoring his team's second goal on December 29, 2012
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