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Summary

  1. Burnley have won four of last six league games
  2. Watford have taken 13 points from seven away games

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By Mike Whalley

All times stated are UK

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Scott Arfield's first-half goal takes Burnley within a point of the Champions League places as they defeat 10-man Watford.

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Around the grounds with Elton John

Burnley 1-0 Watford

Thanks for joining me today. To finish off, here’s the answer to the half-time quiz – the 23 current Premier League and EFL grounds at which former Watford chairman Elton John has performed concerts.

Premier League (7): Southampton, Huddersfield, Stoke, Bournemouth, Tottenham (Wembley). Swansea, Watford (of course)

Championship (5): Bristol City, Reading, Norwich, Bolton, Ipswich

League One (7): Charlton, Oxford, Plymouth, Doncaster, Shrewsbury, Walsall, Blackburn

League Two (4): Swindon, Carlisle, Chesterfield, Colchester

FULL-TIME

Burnley 1-0 Watford

Jose Holebas takes, but it's too close to Nick Pope. The Burnley goalkeeper gathers, and that is that.

Burnley 1-0 Watford

But Richarlison is tripped and Watford have a free-kick 35 yards out. The goalkeeper is coming up...

Burnley 1-0 Watford

To use up a little more time, Burnley make their final change. Ashley Westwood comes on for Steven Defour, to do little more than pick up a win bonus.

Burnley 1-0 Watford

Always a chance of being proved wrong, but Burnley are seeing down the clock pretty effectively here...

Burnley 1-0 Watford

The first minute is negotiated without incident.

Burnley 1-0 Watford

I think Burnley will settle for 1-0 now. Chris Wood, chasing the ball into the corner to eat up seconds, wins a foul out of Adrian Mariappa, who has the frustrated look of a man who has just dropped his lunch on the kitchen floor. Watford deal with the set-piece, and we have four minutes of stoppage time to play.

YELLOW CARD

Burnley 1-0 Watford

It's all getting rather heated. Richarlison, charging down the left for the vistors, is sent flying into touch by Phil Bardsley. The Burnley full-back is booked, but Watford head coach Marco Silva is incandescent. Referee Lee Probert tells Silva to wind his neck in. The resulting free-kick cames to nought.

Richarlison of Watford
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Burnley 1-0 Watford

Yet it's Burnley who so nearly get the game's second goal. Johann Gudmundsson, who's had a very decent game, has space on the right from Scott Arfield's pass to shoot, and Heurelho Gomes pushes out the angled shot - the loose ball just evading Chris Wood in the centre.

'Gray had a great start to his Watford career'

Burnley 1-0 Watford

Jermaine Jenas

Former Tottenham midfielder on Football Focus

Andre Gray celebrates
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Andre Gray knows he needs to improve and there's more to come. I certainly see that in his game. His pace and power strikes fear into defenders but his technical ability and clinical nature needs to improve.

He's had a great start to his Watford career but he misses too many chances.

SUBSTITUTION

Burnley 1-0 Watford

Watford make another change. Former Burnley striker Andre Gray is on, to boos from the home support, replacing Andre Carrillo. Gray left Turf Moor for Vicarage Road in an £18m deal in August. What price a late goal from him? He has two for Watford so far.

Burnley 1-0 Watford

It's still bubbling along nicely this game. Scott Arfield is brought down 25 yards from goal by Christian Kabasele - but Steven Defour lifts the free-kick over.

At the other end, Watford are convinced they should have a penalty. Richarlison tumbles under the challenge of Phil Bardsley, but TV replays show the defender got the ball.

Richarlison of Watford
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Burnley 1-0 Watford

Steve Wilson

Match of the Day commentator at Turf Moor

"There have been only nine goals in total scored in the league at Turf Moor this season. No wonder Burnley's fans are upset at seeing one ruled out."

DISALLOWED GOAL

Burnley 1-0 Watford

No goal. And Sean Dyche is fuming. Scott Arfield's shot is deflected off Watford's Tom Cleverley into the path of Barnes, who steers a shot underneath the keeper. Barnes celebrates, but the referee rules it out after consulting with his assistant. It's a borderline decision.

Burnley's Ashley Barnes
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Burnley 1-0 Watford

Is it a goal for Burnley or isn't it? Ashley Barnes slots in, but the referee wants a word with his assistant...

Burnley 1-0 Watford

Another contentious moment for referee Lee Probert to deal with. Andre Carrillo, running in from the left, goes to ground under James Tarkowski's challenge. Watford want a penalty and don't get one, and are not happy about it. Replays show contact between Tarkowski's foot and Carrillo's and also that the Peru international went down rather easily. Who'd be a ref, eh?

Watford's Andre Carrillo
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Burnley 1-0 Watford

Burnley free-kick on the right is whipped in towards the far post, where Kevin Long, on the stretch, can only divert the ball over. It doesn't matter, however, as the flag was up for offside anyway. Credit to Daryl Janmaat, who did much to put Long off.

DISALLOWED GOAL

Burnley 1-0 Watford

First Burnley change. Ashley Barnes replaces Jeff Hendrick.

Within seconds, Barnes is involved as the home side have a goal ruled out for offside. James Tarkowski's ball over the top in the striker's direction is reached first by Jack Cork, before Chris Wood taps into the empty net. Neither Cork nor Wood are offside, but Barnes is - and even though he doesn't touch the ball, is ruled to be interfering with play. Which he probably is.

Jack Cork has a goal disallowed
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Burnley 1-0 Watford

Ooh, but that was a chance for Watford. Daryl Janmaat crosses from the right and Richarlison chests down for Andre Carrillo, who needs to shoot first time and hesitates, allowing Jack Cork to whip the ball off him for a corner. From which, Burnley face a flurry of pressure, which ends when Tom Cleverley shoots well over and wide from the edge of the penalty area.

Jack Cork of Burnley
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Burnley 1-0 Watford

Steve Wilson

Match of the Day commentator at Turf Moor

Ten minutes of the second half have rather ambled by without much happening.

Burnley 1-0 Watford

I wouldn't write Watford off just yet. Daryl Janmaat, the right-back, sees a chance to attack and darts past two Burnley men to reach the penalty area. Steven Defour gets across in the nick of time to block him out, and then ball goes off the Watford man for a goal kick.

Burnley 1-0 Watford

Nervy moment for Watford centre-back Adrian Mariappa, who slips with Chris Wood bearing down on him. He recovers just in time to clear up the mess.

At the other end, Richarlison rolls a square pass for Abdoulaye Doucoure to shoot from 20 yards, but the ball rolls wide.

Burnley 1-0 Watford

Richarlison attacks down the left for Watford, running at Phil Bardsley, but hits a weak cross that is deflected into Nick Pope's hands. If anything, it's getting colder at Turf Moor.

Burnley 1-0 Watford

Watford make a positive start to the second half. Burnley defender James Tarkowski has to head away one long throw, and then Jose Holebas surges down the left, only to undo his good work by ballooning a cross into the Cricket Field Stand.

Watford's Holebas
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Burnley 1-0 Watford

John: As a Watford fan, was really looking forward to the Burnley v Watford match. Two sides performing above expectations, Dyche the ex-WFC manager. ...and ruined by the ref. Never a red card. Not to mention a WFC penalty not given when Richarlison pulled down. Video refs needed.

KICK-OFF

Burnley 1-0 Watford

Watford head coach Marco Silva was in animated discussion with referee Lee Probert as the teams left the pitch at half-time. It would seem that Silva is of the same view on the red card as Kevin Kilbane.

The visitors, with 10 men following Marvin Zeegelaar's 39th-minute sending-off, get the second half under way.

Burnley 1-0 Watford

Just to help you (although not a lot): Elton's list consists of seven grounds in the Premier League (including Wembley), five in the Championship, seven in League One and four in League Two. And he's never performed at Turf Moor. (Although he has played at the home of their greatest rivals.)

Around the grounds with Elton John

Burnley 1-0 Watford

Elton John
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A half-time quiz for you while I go for a cup of tea. The former Watford chairman Elton John has performed concerts at 23 of the current Premier League and EFL grounds. I’m including Wembley, Tottenham’s temporary home, in that list. How many of the others can you name?

Answer at full-time.

'That doesn't look like a red card'

Burnley 1-0 Watford

Kevin Kilbane

Former Everton winger on Final Score

Zeegelaar goes low, hurling himself forward, but to be honest to me that doesn't look like a red-card offence.

HALF-TIME

Burnley 1-0 Watford

Watford, having made a fine start, had a dreadful six minutes at the end of that half. I'd just like to bring in Kevin Kilbane on that sending-off...

Burnley 1-0 Watford

A couple more scares for Watford. Daryl Janmaat escapes a penalty shout as he blocks Scott Arfield's shot with his arm. And now keeper Heurelho Gomes, who made a good save to beat away a Johann Gudmundsson cross-shot, needs treatment, although he's OK again now.

GOAL - Burnley 1-0 Watford

Scott Arfield

It's all going wrong for Watford. Johann Gudmundsson, down the right, has space to cross low, and Jeff Hendrick's dummy throws the visting defenders to allow Scott Arfield to sidestep into space and roll a shot across Heurelho Gomes and into the corner of the net.

Scott Arfield scores for Burnley
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Burnley 0-0 Watford

Jose Holebas almost makes an instant impact, charging forward to fire a shot high into the side-netting. But then...

SUBSTITUTION

Burnley 0-0 Watford

Unsurprisingly, Watford head coach Marco Silva decides on a reshuffle. Roberto Pereyra, a forward, is taken off, and Jose Holebas comes on at left-back.

RED CARD - Marvin Zeegelaar (Watford)

Burnley 0-0 Watford

Suddenly, the game develops an edge, and Watford lose their left-back. Tom Cleverley goes in, and as the ball runs loose following his tackle, Marvin Zeegelaar makes a two-footed challenge on Steven Defour. The Dutchman's feet are not that far off the ground, but repeated viewings show it is the right decison by referee Lee Probert.

Zeegelaar is shown a red card for Watford
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Burnley 0-0 Watford

Watford knock the ball around really well when they get the chance. A flurry of passes threatens to stretch the home defence, and Roberto Pereyra chips in from the right towards full-back Daryl Janmaat. But the Netherlands international, up from the back, can only direct a tame header into Nick Pope's hands.

Burnley 0-0 Watford

A well-timed challenge by Burnley centre-back James Tarkowski sets Chris Wood over the halfway line. He feeds left for Steven Defour to cross back towards the striker, who is somewhat harshly judged offside. In any case, Watford defender Christian Kabasele makes a fine diving header interception. But it should be a Burnley corner rather than a Hornets free-kick.

Snow falls at Turf Moor
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Burnley 0-0 Watford

Feels a bit like a fencing contest at the moment. Both teams are just pushing for an opening, without committing themselves too much, and without finding the gap in their opponents' defences.

"It's got a bit scrappy," says Match of the Day's Steve Wilson. "Watford started well, but it's been pretty even since that first 10 minutes."

Burnley 0-0 Watford

Watford's yellow shirts stand out nicely against the blizzard. Burnley try to pick a way through, but to no avail. Steven Defour, on the counter, runs at the away defence, but Christian Kabasele clears. Then Watford attack, but the home side get numbers back quickly.