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Watford 1-1 Burnley

Watford v Burnley

Burnley scored a late equaliser to draw at Watford and move a point closer to promotion to the Premier League.

Troy Deeney had given the hosts an early lead with a superb strike from 25 yards but the Hornets were made to rue their failure to get a second goal.

With four minutes left, Burnley's Scott Arfield turned on the edge of the area to fire a low shot past Manuel Almunia.

Second-placed Burnley are now 10 points ahead of QPR in third with six games of the Championship season remaining.

The Clarets, who last played in the Premier League in 2009-10, need three more wins to guarantee joining Leicester in winning promotion to the top flight.

But Sean Dyche's side made a poor start at Vicarage Road as Deeney's 21st goal of the season put the hosts in front after nine minutes.

Burnley thought they had levelled five minutes later when Ashley Barnes stabbed in Keith Treacy's cross but the goal was ruled out for a tight offside decision.

Watford, who had midfielder Cristian Battocchio carried off on a stretcher after a collision with Ben Mee, nearly doubled their lead in the second half when Ikechi Anya rounded goalkeeper Tom Heaton but defender Chris Baird recovered to clear the winger's shot off the line.

That proved crucial as Arfield twisted to create some space before shooting past Almunia for a dramatic leveller.

Sean Dyche, Burnley manager, on his side's promotion prospects:

"We've got a big game Tuesday and [the next game has] been our focus all year. We can only take care of what we do and not worry about everyone else.

On the game:

"I didn't think it was just battling, I thought it was real good quality.

"I always feel this group has got a chance to get something from the game and we've done it again. It's another valuable point."

Beppe Sannino, Watford head coach:

"This game reflects perfectly Watford's season. The last 10 minutes we always throw away everything we do.

"I did count 12 chances to score, including the goal, so I think the team did what I was asking.

"Considering the team that we were facing, I'm very pleased about the performance."

Line-ups

Watford

  • 1Almunia
  • 21Anya
  • 18Pudil
  • 6Ekstrand
  • 4Angella
  • 27Cassetti
  • 28Tözsér
  • 10McGuganSubstituted forRieraat 87'minutes
  • 13RanegieSubstituted forFaraoniat 75'minutesBooked at 88mins
  • 9Deeney
  • 7BattocchioSubstituted forAbdiat 43'minutes

Substitutes

  • 15Riera
  • 16Murray
  • 19Faraoni
  • 22Abdi
  • 23Diakité
  • 30Bond
  • 31Hoban

Burnley

  • 1Heaton
  • 17Baird
  • 6Mee
  • 15Edgar
  • 4Duff
  • 5Shackell
  • 19Kightly
  • 14JonesSubstituted forStockat 76'minutes
  • 30Barnes
  • 37Arfield
  • 26TreacySubstituted forWallaceat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Lafferty
  • 7Wallace
  • 12Cisak
  • 22Stock
  • 28Long
  • 33Hewitt
  • 44Gilchrist
Referee:
Stuart Attwell
Attendance:
16,182

Match Stats

Home TeamWatfordAway TeamBurnley
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home17
Away12
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home9
Away2
Fouls
Home12
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Watford 1, Burnley 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Watford 1, Burnley 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Scott Arfield (Burnley).

  4. Post update

    Marco Cassetti (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Troy Deeney (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

  6. Post update

    Offside, Burnley. Ross Wallace tries a through ball, but Michael Duff is caught offside.

  7. Post update

    Ashley Barnes (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Marco Cassetti (Watford).

  9. Post update

    Offside, Burnley. Ben Mee tries a through ball, but Ashley Barnes is caught offside.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Watford. Conceded by Brian Stock.

  11. Booking

    Marco Davide Faraoni (Watford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  12. Post update

    Ben Mee (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Marco Davide Faraoni (Watford).

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Watford. Albert Riera replaces Lewis McGugan.

  15. Goal!

    Goal! Watford 1, Burnley 1. Scott Arfield (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Chris Baird.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. David Edgar (Burnley) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Michael Kightly.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Daniel Pudil (Watford) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Daniel Tözsér.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Daniel Pudil (Watford) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Lewis McGugan with a cross.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Watford. Conceded by Chris Baird.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ikechi Anya (Watford) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lewis McGugan.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leicester40278576383889
2Burnley402214465343180
3QPR4020101049351470
4Derby402091169462369
5Wigan4019101154391567
6Reading4017121161461563
7Nottm Forest401416105750758
8Brighton401513124236658
9Ipswich401513125146558
10Bournemouth401610145556-158
11Blackburn401414125453156
12Watford3913141261481353
13Middlesbrough401216125043752
14Sheff Wed401212164949048
15Bolton401115145155-448
16Leeds40138195260-847
17Huddersfield401210185055-546
18Birmingham401110195260-843
19Doncaster401110193660-2443
20Blackpool401012183456-2242
21Charlton38911182748-2138
22Barnsley39812193865-2736
23Millwall40812203970-3136
24Yeovil40811213963-2435
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