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Summary

  1. Watford won at Arsenal on Tuesday
  2. Burnley seek first away win of season

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By Mike Whalley

All times stated are UK

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FULL-TIME

Watford 2-1 Burnley

And that is that. Plenty of late drama - there was still time for Troy Deeney to have a late goal disallowed for handball, and for Burnley to win a late free-kick that keeper Tom Heaton came up for, without success.

But in a week where iceberg lettuce became big news, these are salad days for Watford - two Premier League wins in a week for them; the green shoots of recovery are clearly visible after they appeared to be wilting at the turn of the year. As for Burnley, still no carrot of an away win on the road for them. I'm off to flesh out the match report, which is already up on the site.

M'Baye Niang
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Watford 2-1 Burnley

"You just get the feeling Burnley will get one more chance," says MOTD's John Roder. And he's right. Three minutes of stoppage time played, and Craig Cathcart's slip allows Ashley Barnes a sight of goal. He's in here, and lets the shot go - but Heurelho Gomes blocks.

Watford 2-1 Burnley

Into four minutes of stoppage time. Watford hanging on a bit here.

Watford 2-1 Burnley

Final two changes to tell you about: Sam Vokes, who got Burnley's late winner against Leicester in midweek, is on for George Boyd. Can Vokes repeat the trick? Watford bring Daryl Janmaat on for Mauro Zarate, who has had a decent debut.

Watford 2-1 Burnley

The second half has, by and large, been rather sleepy, but it has suddenly developed an edge. Troy Deeney challenges Matt Lowton, who responds with a little nudge of the Watford striker's shoulder. Deeney, unimpressed, grabs Lowton round the neck, and it all becomes a bit of a playground scrap after that. Referee Michael Oliver intervenes and threatens to send them to the headmaster if they don't cool it. That seems to do the trick.

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Watford 2-1 Burnley

Burnley feel the point is there for the taking as Robbie Brady breaks down the left. He's a long way out and goes for the Hollywood goal. It's a fierce strike, and on target, and Heurelho Gomes has to save it - which he does comfortably enough.

Watford 2-1 Burnley

A couple of substitutions to bring you up to date with: Ashley Westwood came on for a Burnley debut, replacing Scott Arfield, shortly before that penalty. Shortly after it, Watford's Isaac Success comes on for M'Baye Niang.

GOAL - Watford 2-1 Burnley

Ashley Barnes (pen)

Heurelho Gomes has a good record of saving penalties, but he is beaten here as Ashley Barnes' kick goes in off the post. It's only Burnley's fifth away goal of the season, and three of them have been penalties. Could there be a comeback in this yet? It would be some achievement for the visitors if they got a point from here.

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PENALTY TO BURNLEY

Watford 2-0 Burnley

Well. A scramble follows a Burnley corner, and the ball comes loose to Joey Barton outside the area. The midfielder's goalbound shot is deflected just wide off the arm of Sebastian Prodl, and Michael Oliver points to the spot.

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Watford 2-0 Burnley

Applause from the Watford fans as we reach the 72nd minute. They are paying tribute to the former manager Graham Taylor, who died last month at the age of 72, and whose funeral took place in the town on Wednesday.

GREAT SAVE!

Watford 2-0 Burnley

M'Baye Niang, who has had a very good home debut, almost claims a second assist with a great ball in from the right. Troy Deeney, on the run, connects with a boot, but Tom Heaton somehow adjusts to prevent himself from diving past the ball. It's a fine block by the Burnley keeper.

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Watford 2-0 Burnley

Burnley striker Ashley Barnes asks the referee a question. And the question is: "Can I have a penalty?" The answer is: "No."

Barnes runs through on to Scott Arfield's pass, and Sebastian Prodl just puts an arm across the striker's path, like a nightclub bouncer barring access until he's seen your ID.

Watford 2-0 Burnley

Watford win a free-kick wide on the left. Mauro Zarate plays it short to Tom Cleverley, without a goal since April - but the midfielder's shot sails way over the bar. Second half is rather dying on its feet here, but at least the players seem to have stopped kicking each other with quite the vigour they did in the opening 45 minutes.

Joey Barton and Troy Deeney
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Watford 2-0 Burnley

Change for Watford: Valon Behrami takes the applause of the home fans as he strides off, and is replaced by French midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure.

Watford 2-0 Burnley

We've had a flurry of corners in the past few minutes, none of which have amounted to a great deal. Burnley, on a promising counter-attack, win another as George Boyd breaks down the right and his cross is deflected behind. 

Watford keeper Heurelho Gomes claims a foul as he struggles to get a hand to the delivery - and the result is another corner. Scott Arfield plays it in, there's a scramble, and Burnley's Ben Mee, up from the back, is penalised for handball. As you were.

SUBSTITUTION

Watford 2-0 Burnley

Robbie Brady, whose £13m move to Burnley from Hull was secured on transfer deadline day, is brought on for a debut. Think it's asking a lot of him to transform this match, but it will be useful for him and his new team-mates as a getting-to-know-you session, if nowt else. Andre Gray is the man replaced.

Watford 2-0 Burnley

Burnley win a corner which, I'm reliably told by MOTD's John Roder, is only the fourth of the match. Scott Arfield delivers, Michael Keane rises 10 yards out and Heurelho Gomes has to get down at his near post to push aside the downward header. Corner number five immediately follows, with rather less excitement.

Scott Arfield
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Watford 2-0 Burnley

Jose Holebas, a very good attacking full-back when he isn't busy gathering yellow cards like a Crystal Maze contestant collecting gold tokens, makes a good run down the right and drives the ball across goal. Sadly for him, the corridor of uncertainty is empty.

Jose Holebas
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The floodlights are on at Vicarage Road now, and Watford are seeking goal number three. Mauro Zarate plays a one-two with Tom Cleverley, and curls for goal from the edge of the area. Scott Arfield's deflection takes the sting off the shot, though, and Tom Heaton gathers.

Watford 2-0 Burnley

John Roder

Match of the Day commentator at Vicarage Road

"The win at Arsenal in midweek looks as if it could be a turning point for Watford's season, coming as it did on the back of a run of seven league games without a win."

KICK-OFF

Watford 2-0 Burnley

The players are back out to the fast beats of Darude's turn of the millennium dance hit Sandstorm. Burnley must feel they were caught in a sandstorm after that first half. See what I did there? Oh, never mind.

Watford 2-0 Burnley

I know Burnley won a game against Liverpool in August with 19% possession. And I know territory isn't everything. Football isn't rugby union, after all. But the 10 men were second best in that first half, and the stats show it. This is going to be some turn around if they come back from here.

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HALF-TIME

Watford 2-0 Burnley

I have seen teams come back from 2-0 down with 10 men before, but not very often. Not sure even Anneka Rice would fancy Burnley's challenge right now.

Anneka Rice
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GOAL - M'Baye Niang

Watford 2-0 Burnley

A lovely goal to end the half, though. M'Baye Niang, whose cross created the first goal, scores the second himself. Jose Holebas gets plenty of power in the cross, and Niang angles a delightful header beyond Tom Heaton. 

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Watford 1-0 Burnley

Last minute of the first half. Watford win a corner and play it short. Mauro Zarate's cross is half-cleared by Michael Keane to Etienne Capoue on the edge of the box, and his shot goes smack into the face of Ashley Barnes. Watford's players appeal for handball - and if that doesn't sum up the spirit of this first half, I don't know what does.

Watford 1-0 Burnley

A fair summary there from John Roder. And yet, as Burnley start to push in search of an equaliser, Watford show they have the pace to catch them on the counter'attack. Mauro Zarate, from the left, cuts in past Matt Lowton and fizzes a shot across goal. Tom Heaton seems pretty sure it's going wide, and the Burnley goalkeeper is correct.

Mauro Zarate and Matt Lowton
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John Roder

Match of the Day commentator at Vicarage Road

"Burnley in the last 10 minutes or so, are showing more signs that they're coming to terms with being a man down."

Watford 1-0 Burnley

Watford, having ridden that Burnley flurry, set off in search of a second goal. M'Baye Niang turns 10 yards inside the visitors' half, rides a couple of challenges on the edge of the penalty area and squeezes a shot towards goal as the claret and blue shirts close in. It's a comfortable save for Tom Heaton, but it brings applause from the home fans.

Watford 1-0 Burnley

I think Michael Oliver has had enough here. As Watford midfielder Etienne Capoue goes into the book for the afternoon's eight millionth foul, the referee shakes his head like an exasperated primary school teacher. If the players carry on like this, he'll be keeping them in at playtime.

GREAT SAVE!

Watford 1-0 Burnley

Joey Barton scored a free-kick against Southampton last month, and almost gets another one. The midfielder floats a lovely set-piece over the wall, and Heurelho Gomes tips over. The corner is cleared.

Joey Barton
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Watford 1-0 Burnley

The visitors starting to threaten now. Ashley Barnes pushes a ball through to George Boyd on the edge of the area. Boyd almost wriggles through, but is clipped by Valon Behrami right on the edge of the area. Burnley free-kick, 20 yards out...

Watford 1-0 Burnley

A rare Burnley attack. Matt Lowton gets forward from right-back and combines with George Boyd. There are targets in the middle, but Lowton cannot find them and his cross bounces through to Heurelho Gomes. 

The Watford goalkeeper, incidentally, is wearing purple, despite the fact that Burnley are in claret. Michael Oliver must have been satisfied that this isn't a colour clash. Mind you, I saw a Scottish Premiership match the other week in which Rangers' outfield players and their keeper all wore blue. That's modern football for you. Rant over.

Tom Cleverly and George Boyd
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Watford 1-0 Burnley

Mauro Zarate, playing on the left of Watford's front three, has looked lively in patches so far. One surge down the left almost sets up Tom Cleverley in the middle, but Ben Mee scrambles clear for Burnley. Then the new signing from Fiorentina snaps a volley towards goal after Troy Deeney heads a throw-in back towards the edge of the penalty area. Tom Heaton holds it. The sun is back with us.

GREAT SAVE!

Watford 1-0 Burnley

Briefly, a football match breaks out. Watford striker Troy Deeney's smart lay-off gives M'Baye Niang the chance to second a curler towards the top corner from 20 yards. Burnley keeper Tom Heaton flies to his right to tip the ball away.

M'Baye Niang
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Watford 1-0 Burnley

Another couple of minutes, another whack. This time Jose Holebas, trying to control a bouncing pass from Sebastian Prodl, boots a ducking Joey Barton in the head. Barton is on his feet after a dab of the magic sponge, and Holebas gets his 11th Premier League booking of the season. Four more and he'll get a three-match ban.

Watford 1-0 Burnley

The sun has gone in for the moment. Perhaps it can't bear to watch the tackles flying in. Now goalscorer Troy Deeney gives Burnley left-back Stephen Ward a shove. There's been bite to this game from the moment Ward made that challenge on M'Baye Niang in the early minutes.

'A cowardly tackle'

Watford 1-0 Burnley

Trevor Sinclair

Ex-Man City & West Ham winger on Final Score

That was a really, really cowardly tackle by Jeff Hendrick - a definite red card.

Burnley will be lucky to get something from this now.

Watford 1-0 Burnley

Sean Dyche looks to have brought Ashley Barnes back from a forward role to help supplement Burnley's midfield. Hard to see how they improve that miserable run of away results from here, but stranger things have happened. I mean, have you seen the news recently?

GOAL - Troy Deeney

Watford 1-0 Burnley

Burnley, reorganising to a 4-3-1-1 following Hendrick's dismissal, are in trouble now. For Watford, it's the perfect start. Craig Cathcart, down the right, plays a short pass infield to M'Baye Niang, who crosses deep to the far post for Troy Deeney to head his seventh of the season - and his third in four games.

Troy Deeney
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