Substitute Keith Treacy marked his Burnley debut by scoring a late equaliser to deny Sean Dyche a dream start to his Watford reign.

Rookie boss Dyche, 40, saw his side race into a 2-0 lead through Craig Forsyth and Mark Yeates.

But the Clarets recovered in the final 13 minutes as Charlie Austin pulled a goal back.

And fellow substitute Treacy - a summer signing from Preston - headed an 84th-minute equaliser.

Burnley, led by new skipper Chris McCann in the heart of midfield, made a bright and purposeful start.

They threatened in the fifth minute when midfielder Dean Marney hit a fierce right-foot shot which sailed just wide from 20 yards before Ross Wallace's effort drew a fine block from Adrian Mariappa.

The hosts were firmly in the ascendancy and moments later Jay Rodriguez engineered the space to hit a shot from six yards which missed the target.

But the pendulum swung in Watford's favour when Chris Iwelumo, a summer signing from Burnley, tried his luck from 18 yards with a shot that home debutant Ben Mee did well to block.

And Watford opened the scoring on the stroke of half-time when Marvin Sordell flighted a right wing cross for Forsyth to head into the bottom corner from six yards.

Burnley made a tactical switch at half-time as Martin Paterson was replaced by Austin in a bid to boost the home attack.

Yet Watford continued to defend strongly as Austin wasted a decent opening before Forsyth shot wide when well placed.

Yeates was denied by a smart stop from home keeper Lee Grant on 54 minutes and his endeavour was rewarded in the 70th minute when he drilled home a right-footed shot from 12 yards.

However, the Clarets responded in the 77th minute when Austin fired home from six yards and, with six minutes remaining, Treacy nodded in a cross from fellow wideman Wallace to level the scores.

Match Stats

Shots

20 13

On target

11 8

Corners

3 2

Fouls

11 11

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:15 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.

90:00 +1:38

The offside flag is raised against Ross Wallace. Carl Dickinson takes the direct free kick.

90:00 +1:00

Corner taken by Mark Yeates from the left by-line to the near post, Andre Amougou manages to make a clearance.

89:56

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Ross Wallace from the right by-line.

89:27

Free kick crossed by Kieran Trippier, clearance made by Martin Taylor.

89:27 Booking

Booking Booking for Lloyd Doyley for unsporting behaviour.

88:48

Lloyd Doyley concedes a free kick for a foul on Jay Rodriguez.

88:07

Carl Dickinson has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses right.

87:24

Andre Amougou gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Troy Deeney. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Mark Yeates, clearance by Andre Amougou.

86:04

Mark Yeates challenges Keith Treacy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Daniel Fox.

83:23

Assist by Ross Wallace.

83:23 Goal scored

Goal! - Keith Treacy - Burnley 2 - 2 Watford Keith Treacy grabs a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Burnley 2-2 Watford.

82:25

The official flags Marvin Sordell offside. Indirect free kick taken by Lee Grant.

79:11

Keith Treacy takes a shot. Save by Scott Loach.

76:48

Keith Treacy provided the assist for the goal.

76:48 Goal scored

Goal! - Charlie Austin - Burnley 1 - 2 Watford Charlie Austin scores a goal from inside the six-yard box to the top left corner of the goal. Burnley 1-2 Watford.

75:58

Keith Treacy takes a shot. Blocked by Charlie Austin.

75:34

Craig Forsyth gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kieran Trippier. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Ross Wallace from right wing.

74:41

Troy Deeney is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Lee Grant.

74:17

The official flags Charlie Austin offside. Scott Loach restarts play with the free kick.

72:43

Charlie Austin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lloyd Doyley. Direct free kick taken by Scott Loach.

72:23

Keith Treacy takes a shot. Blocked by Ross Jenkins.

71:41

Keith Treacy crosses the ball, save by Scott Loach.

69:06 Goal scored

Goal! - Mark Yeates - Burnley 0 - 2 Watford Mark Yeates fires in a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Burnley 0-2 Watford.

67:36 Substitution

Substitution (Watford) makes a substitution, with Troy Deeney coming on for Chris Iwelumo.

66:02

Daniel Fox challenges Ross Jenkins unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Mark Yeates, Jay Rodriguez makes a clearance.

65:20

Keith Treacy takes a shot. Save made by Scott Loach.

63:50 Substitution

Substitution Keith Treacy on for Wade Elliott.

61:52

Andre Amougou has an effort at goal from long distance that goes wide left of the post.

58:05

Jay Rodriguez gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lloyd Doyley. Direct free kick taken by Adrian Mariappa.

57:09

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mark Yeates by Ross Wallace. Mark Yeates crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, Andre Amougou manages to make a clearance.

56:04

Shot from deep inside the area by Jay Rodriguez goes over the bar.

55:11

Charlie Austin has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area missing to the wide left of the goal.

53:18

Corner from the left by-line taken by Mark Yeates, John Eustace takes a shot. Kieran Trippier makes a clearance.

53:09

Mark Yeates takes a shot. Lee Grant makes a save.

52:45

Mark Yeates restarts play with the free kick.

52:45 Booking

Booking The referee books Andre Amougou for unsporting behaviour.

52:08

Marvin Sordell fouled by Andre Amougou, the ref awards a free kick.

51:11

Craig Forsyth produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

50:20

Effort from close range by Charlie Austin goes wide left of the target.

49:16

Dean Marney takes a shot. Save by Scott Loach.

48:28

Free kick awarded for a foul by Mark Yeates on Wade Elliott. Direct free kick taken by Ben Mee.

47:33

Foul by Mark Yeates on Ross Wallace, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Fox.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Martin Paterson leaves the field to be replaced by Charlie Austin.

45:00 +1:33 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to signal half-time.

44:55

Assist on the goal came from Marvin Sordell.

44:55 Goal scored

Goal! - Craig Forsyth - Burnley 0 - 1 Watford Craig Forsyth grabs a headed goal from close range. Burnley 0-1 Watford.

40:04

Craig Forsyth has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the target.

39:54

Chris Iwelumo takes a shot. Blocked by Ben Mee.

37:59

Kieran Trippier fouled by Chris Iwelumo, the ref awards a free kick. Andre Amougou takes the direct free kick.

35:41

Marvin Sordell takes a shot. Lee Grant makes a save.

33:35

Marvin Sordell takes a shot.

32:34

Ross Wallace concedes a free kick for a foul on Lloyd Doyley. Carl Dickinson takes the free kick.

32:03

The assistant referee flags for offside against Martin Paterson. Scott Loach takes the free kick.

30:12

Corner from the right by-line taken by Daniel Fox, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Jay Rodriguez misses to the left of the goal.

29:05

Scott Loach concedes a free kick for a foul on Jay Rodriguez. Daniel Fox takes the direct free kick. Ross Wallace takes a shot. Blocked by John Eustace.

28:46

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Craig Forsyth by Dean Marney. Direct free kick taken by John Eustace.

28:05

Craig Forsyth takes a shot. Lee Grant makes a save.

25:47

Marvin Sordell has an effort at goal from close range which goes wide right of the target.

25:03

Marvin Sordell fouled by Andre Amougou, the ref awards a free kick. Mark Yeates crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Wade Elliott makes a clearance.

24:19

Jay Rodriguez produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

23:45

Marvin Sordell is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Daniel Fox.

20:48

The referee blows for offside. Lee Grant takes the indirect free kick.

20:34

Martin Paterson takes a shot. Save by Scott Loach.

20:10

Dean Marney takes a shot. Blocked by Adrian Mariappa.

15:54

Chris Iwelumo takes a shot. Blocked by Ben Mee.

14:07

Ross Jenkins concedes a free kick for a foul on Ben Mee. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Fox.

10:44

Jay Rodriguez produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

9:57

Kieran Trippier takes a shot. Blocked by John Eustace.

9:36

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Wade Elliott.

9:24

Ross Wallace takes a shot. Blocked by Adrian Mariappa.

6:48

The assistant referee signals for offside against Martin Paterson. Free kick taken by Scott Loach.

5:41

Shot from just outside the box by Dean Marney misses to the right of the target.

4:17

Unfair challenge on Martin Paterson by Martin Taylor results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Wade Elliott, save made by Scott Loach.

3:05

Free kick awarded for a foul by Mark Yeates on Ross Wallace. Direct free kick taken by Ben Mee.

2:37

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris McCann by Marvin Sordell. Direct free kick taken by Ben Mee.

0:56

Mark Yeates fouled by Jay Rodriguez, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Mark Yeates from right channel, Chris McCann manages to make a clearance.

0:36

Jay Rodriguez gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lloyd Doyley. Scott Loach takes the direct free kick.

0:00

The match gets underway.

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