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Mike Whalley

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  1. By Mike Whalley

    BBC Sport

    Scott Arfield

    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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  2. 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


    Burnley 1-0 Watford

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

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    Burnley 1-0 Watford

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

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    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.

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    Burnley 1-0 Watford

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

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    Burnley 1-0 Watford

    The first minute is negotiated without incident.

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    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.


    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.

  11. 'Gray had a great start to his Watford career'

    Burnley 1-0 Watford

    Jermaine Jenas

    Former Tottenham midfielder on Football Focus

    Andre Gray celebrates

    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.


    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.

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    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."


    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...

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    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.


    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