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Watford 1-1 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.

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Post-match: Watford coach Chamberlain

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

Match ends, Watford 1, Burnley 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Watford 1, Burnley 1.
Foul by Scott Arfield (Burnley).
Marco Cassetti (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Troy Deeney (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.
Offside, Burnley. Ross Wallace tries a through ball, but Michael Duff is caught offside.
Ashley Barnes (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Marco Cassetti (Watford).
Offside, Burnley. Ben Mee tries a through ball, but Ashley Barnes is caught offside.
Corner, Watford. Conceded by Brian Stock.

Booking

Marco Davide Faraoni (Watford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Ben Mee (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Marco Davide Faraoni (Watford).

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Albert Riera replaces Lewis McGugan.

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.
Attempt missed. David Edgar (Burnley) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Michael Kightly.
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.
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.
Corner, Watford. Conceded by Chris Baird.
Attempt blocked. Ikechi Anya (Watford) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lewis McGugan.
Offside, Watford. Troy Deeney tries a through ball, but Marco Davide Faraoni is caught offside.
Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Joel Ekstrand.
Attempt blocked. Michael Duff (Burnley) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked.
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.
Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Troy Deeney.
Michael Kightly (Burnley) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Joel Ekstrand (Watford).

Substitution

Substitution, Burnley. Brian Stock replaces David Jones.

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Marco Davide Faraoni replaces Mathias Ranégie.
Attempt saved. Mathias Ranégie (Watford) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Daniel Tözsér.
Corner, Watford. Conceded by Tom Heaton.
Attempt saved. Daniel Pudil (Watford) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom left corner.
Attempt blocked. Gabriele Angella (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Attempt blocked. Joel Ekstrand (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Pudil with a headed pass.
Attempt blocked. Almen Abdi (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Corner, Watford. Conceded by Chris Baird.
Foul by Michael Kightly (Burnley).
Troy Deeney (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt blocked. Ross Wallace (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Michael Kightly (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Mathias Ranégie (Watford).
Jason Shackell (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Daniel Tözsér (Watford).

Substitution

Substitution, Burnley. Ross Wallace replaces Keith Treacy.
Attempt missed. Lewis McGugan (Watford) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Almen Abdi.
Attempt blocked. Scott Arfield (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
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.
Foul by Ashley Barnes (Burnley).
Joel Ekstrand (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Watford. Conceded by David Jones.
Corner, Watford. Conceded by Chris Baird.
Attempt missed. Lewis McGugan (Watford) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Troy Deeney.
Attempt missed. Scott Arfield (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Michael Kightly.
David Edgar (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Lewis McGugan (Watford).

Second Half

Second Half begins Watford 1, Burnley 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Watford 1, Burnley 0.
Attempt missed. Lewis McGugan (Watford) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Troy Deeney.
Corner, Watford. Conceded by David Edgar.
Attempt blocked. Lewis McGugan (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mathias Ranégie with a headed pass.
Foul by David Edgar (Burnley).
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Leicester4027853889
2Burnley40221443180
3QPR402010101470
4Derby40209112369
5Wigan401910111567
6Reading401712111563
7Nottm Forest40141610758
8Brighton40151312658
9Ipswich40151312558
10Bournemouth40161014-158
11Blackburn40141412156
12Watford391314121353
13Middlesbrough40121612752
14Sheff Wed40121216048
15Bolton40111514-448
16Leeds4013819-847
17Huddersfield40121018-546
18Birmingham40111019-843
19Doncaster40111019-2443
20Blackpool40101218-2242
21Charlton3891118-2138
22Barnsley3981219-2736
23Millwall4081220-3136
24Yeovil4081121-2435
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