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.

Excellent on the road

Burnley are now unbeaten in nine away matches in the Championship

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."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (5)

Watford

  • 01 Almunia
  • 21 Anya
  • 18 Pudil
  • 06 Ekstrand
  • 04 Angella
  • 27 Cassetti
  • 28 Tözsér
  • 10 McGugan (Riera - 87' )
  • 13 Ranegie (Faraoni - 75' Booked )
  • 09 Deeney
  • 07 Battocchio (Abdi - 43' )

Substitutes

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

Burnley

  • 01 Heaton
  • 17 Baird
  • 06 Mee
  • 15 Edgar
  • 04 Duff
  • 05 Shackell
  • 19 Kightly
  • 14 Jones (Stock - 76' )
  • 30 Barnes
  • 37 Arfield
  • 26 Treacy (Wallace - 63' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Lafferty
  • 07 Wallace
  • 12 Cisak
  • 22 Stock
  • 28 Long
  • 33 Hewitt
  • 44 Gilchrist
Ref: Stuart Attwell
Att: 16,182

Match Stats

Shots

17 12

On target

5 3

Corners

9 2

Fouls

12 8

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Watford 1, Burnley 1.

90:00 +4:12 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Watford 1, Burnley 1.

90:00 +3:50

Foul by Scott Arfield (Burnley).

90:00 +3:50

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

90:00 +2:58

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

90:00 +1:37

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

90:00 +0:54

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

90:00 +0:54

Foul by Marco Cassetti (Watford).

90:00 +0:02

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

89:06

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Brian Stock.

87:45 Booking

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

87:37

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

87:37

Foul by Marco Davide Faraoni (Watford).

86:24 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Watford. Albert Riera replaces Lewis McGugan.

85:13 Goal scored

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.

83:34

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

80:47

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.

80:24

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.

80:05

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Chris Baird.

79:52

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

78:52

Offside, Watford. Troy Deeney tries a through ball, but Marco Davide Faraoni is caught offside.

78:15

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Joel Ekstrand.

78:14

Attempt blocked. Michael Duff (Burnley) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked.

78:10

Attempt saved. Ben Mee (Burnley) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Michael Kightly with a cross.

77:16

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Troy Deeney.

76:23

Michael Kightly (Burnley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

76:23

Foul by Joel Ekstrand (Watford).

75:04 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Burnley. Brian Stock replaces David Jones.

74:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Watford. Marco Davide Faraoni replaces Mathias Ranégie.

72:58

Attempt saved. Mathias Ranégie (Watford) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Daniel Tözsér.

72:06

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Tom Heaton.

72:03

Attempt saved. Daniel Pudil (Watford) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom left corner.

71:58

Attempt blocked. Gabriele Angella (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

71:53

Attempt blocked. Joel Ekstrand (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Pudil with a headed pass.

71:44

Attempt blocked. Almen Abdi (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

71:13

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Chris Baird.

67:51

Foul by Michael Kightly (Burnley).

67:51

Troy Deeney (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

67:34

Attempt blocked. Ross Wallace (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

66:28

Michael Kightly (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

66:28

Foul by Mathias Ranégie (Watford).

62:59

Jason Shackell (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

62:59

Foul by Daniel Tözsér (Watford).

62:09 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Burnley. Ross Wallace replaces Keith Treacy.

58:53

Attempt missed. Lewis McGugan (Watford) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Almen Abdi.

56:29

Attempt blocked. Scott Arfield (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

55:29

Attempt missed. Michael Kightly (Burnley) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by David Edgar with a headed pass.

53:53

Foul by Ashley Barnes (Burnley).

53:53

Joel Ekstrand (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:39

Corner, Watford. Conceded by David Jones.

49:08

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Chris Baird.

48:46

Attempt missed. Lewis McGugan (Watford) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Troy Deeney.

48:09

Attempt missed. Scott Arfield (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Michael Kightly.

46:18

David Edgar (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:18

Foul by Lewis McGugan (Watford).

45:00

Second Half begins Watford 1, Burnley 0.

45:00 +6:54 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Watford 1, Burnley 0.

45:00 +5:52

Attempt missed. Lewis McGugan (Watford) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Troy Deeney.

45:00 +5:07

Corner, Watford. Conceded by David Edgar.

45:00 +5:05

Attempt blocked. Lewis McGugan (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mathias Ranégie with a headed pass.

45:00 +4:29

Foul by David Edgar (Burnley).

45:00 +4:29

Mathias Ranégie (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00 +3:44

Keith Treacy (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +3:44

Foul by Daniel Pudil (Watford).

45:00 +2:33

Foul by Michael Kightly (Burnley).

45:00 +2:33

Daniel Pudil (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +1:42

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

45:00 +0:58

Delay in match Ikechi Anya (Watford) because of an injury.

45:00 +0:21

Attempt missed. Scott Arfield (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

42:24 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Watford. Almen Abdi replaces Cristian Battocchio because of an injury.

42:19

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

36:05

Delay in match Cristian Battocchio (Watford) because of an injury.

34:06

Attempt missed. Daniel Pudil (Watford) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Cristian Battocchio with a cross.

33:12

Attempt missed. Ashley Barnes (Burnley) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Michael Kightly with a cross.

30:37

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Jason Shackell.

29:22

Foul by Ashley Barnes (Burnley).

29:22

Joel Ekstrand (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:22

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

27:22

Foul by Cristian Battocchio (Watford).

18:46

Ashley Barnes (Burnley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

18:46

Foul by Marco Cassetti (Watford).

17:06

Attempt missed. Troy Deeney (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Mathias Ranégie.

15:05

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

13:52

Foul by Ashley Barnes (Burnley).

13:52

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

12:16

Offside, Burnley. Keith Treacy tries a through ball, but Ashley Barnes is caught offside.

10:36

Foul by Daniel Tözsér (Watford).

10:36

David Jones (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

8:42 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Watford 1, Burnley 0. Troy Deeney (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Gabriele Angella.

7:22

Attempt saved. Keith Treacy (Burnley) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the bottom right corner.

6:35

Foul by Joel Ekstrand (Watford).

6:35

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

4:02

Foul by Cristian Battocchio (Watford).

4:02

Keith Treacy (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

2:31

Joel Ekstrand (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:31

Foul by Keith Treacy (Burnley).

1:37

Corner, Watford. Conceded by David Edgar.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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