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Watford v Burnley Live Commentary, 07/04/2018

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1 - 2
WAT
BRN
R. Pereyra (61)
S. Vokes (70)
J. Cork (73)
Vicarage Road

Commentary

Both sides have a week to recover before they go again for the final weeks of the Premier League; Watford will travel to West Yorkshire to face an embattled Huddersfield Town side whilst Burnley host Leicester as they keep up the hunt for a European place next season. Until then however, thank you for joining us - and have a good weekend!
It's four wins on the bounce for the Clarets now but they had to come from behind with the help of the goal-line decision system to down a scrappy Watford. The Hornets had 20 per cent more possession and 10 more corners than their opponents; yet Roberto Pereyra's cool strike wasn't enough for the hosts and Burnley's five-minute blitz to produce goals for Sam Vokes and Jack Cork means that it's the visitors who walk away with the points. Full-time at Vicarage Road; it finishes Watford 1-2 Burnley.
Pope leaps to push it away again and headers are exchanged throughout the box - and as Tarkowski gets it 20 yards out, the referee blows for full-time to give Burnley the win!
Pope punches clear but a Vokes foul in attempting to take the ball downfield gives Watford another chance with a free-kick.
Corner to Watford now as Long deflects a cross out.
S. Okaka
Yellow Card
Watford
Okaka now gets booked himself for a studs-up tackle and Burnley have the free-kick inside their own half.
Pope picks out a poor cross from Okaka into the box and Watford see their latest chance slip away.
M. Lowton
Yellow Card
Burnley
Lowton gets a booking for a tackle on Holebas though the Watford man is lucky to avoid one himself as he physically tangles with the Burnley defender.
Wood and Prodl get into a tussle on the left wing as five added minutes are shown.
Prodl lofts a long, 50-yard cross in from the right wing, looking for any number of Watford strikers; Pope collects untroubled though, and Burnley clear.
Near chance for Wood! On the back of a Westwood free-kick, the striker dribbles into the box, gets round two defenders and sees his close-range shot on the left deflected out for a corner by the keeper.
Richarlison
W. Hughes
Watford
...and Richarlison replaces Hughes.
A. Carrillo
A. Doucouré
Watford
A double change for Watford now as Doucoure makes way for Andre Carrillo...
Okaka gets a lovely cross delivered to him in the Burnley box but his header is wayward and the chance is gone.
J. Hendrick
A. Lennon
Burnley
Aaron Lennon departs for Jeff Hendrick in Burnley's latest change.
Free-kick again for Burnley, in the exact spot that resulted in that Vokes goal. Lowton swings it in, and a Westwood follow-up volley floats perilously close to the right post; Karnezis is muscled out by his own defenders as Prodl clears instead.
S. Okaka
D. Janmaat
Watford
Janmaat makes way for Stefano Okaka now as Watford use their first change.
Watford nearly draw back from the restart, with Deeney smashing a through-ball into the side netting on the left. After a first half with little to talk about, this game has exploded into life.
J. Cork
Goal
Burnley
Cork gives Burnley the lead! Confusion in the box at Vicarage Road as Westwood's free-kick finds Long at the far-right post. The defender heads back to the captain, who thinks his effort is saved by Karnezis and play continues - but a few seconds later, the referee awards the score as goal-line technology shows that it crossed the line before the keeper could palm it back. Incredible stuff!
K. Long
Assist
Burnley
Long's header was a deft little touch and Cork's strike was messy - but it has given Burnley the lead on the turn of a dime. A few minutes of madness at Vicarage Road.
Another free-kick now for Burnley, this time out left, close to the edge of the box. Westwood will take from 20 yards out.
S. Vokes
Goal
Burnley
And makes an instant impact! Vokes levels things for the Clarets with his first touch of the game. A long free-kick delivered by Lowton finds Mariappa whose clearing header lands at the feet of the substitute, who puts a smart chip on Karnezis to find the back of the net.
S. Vokes
G. Nkoudou
Burnley
The first change of the day, for Burnley; Welsh international Sam Vokes comes on for Nkoudou.
Pope collects the looping effort and clears, only for Pereyra to come again down the left, before he concedes a throw-in to Lowton.
Another Watford corner now, with Holebas to take.
Deeney thinks he has a shout for a penalty as Long appears to get a hand to the ball in the Burnley box as the pair challenge each other; the linesman waves his claim away and the captain reacts furiously.
Hughes had been the man to slip into the box initially there, creating a smart one-two on the right with Holebas. Tarkowski's tackle pushed the ball out from under his feet, only to send it into the path of Pereyra who hit it with a lead boot to put it behind Pope.
R. Pereyra
Goal
Watford
Watford get the breakthrough! Pereyra is the man to give the Hornets a much-needed lead as he blasts an attempted slide effort to clear from Tarkowski into the bottom-right corner. Burnley go behind at Vicarage Road.
The wall does its job but Burnley can't clear and Watford encroach on the box again.
A promising free-kick 19 yards out in front of goal for Watford now as Hughes is caught with a clip from Tarkowski. Dangerous territory for Burnley as they muscle up their defensive wall.
Now Westwood puts a long ball downfield for Wood; it spins on the turf ahead of the striker and skids out for a goal-kick.
A. Doucouré
Yellow Card
Watford
Doucoure gets a booking now as he brings down Westwood with a clumsy tackle.
Barnes goes to ground in the Watford box off a Prodl tap, looking for a penalty - only for the Burnley man to be ruled offside as he challenged for a cross.
Barnes lofts a flat cross in from the right, looking for Wood in the box; Prodl clears up and the Hornets man puts the ball back to halfway with a lead-footed effort.
Hughes plays a lovely one-two to get into the Burnley box and sticks a cut-back pass to Janmaat for a better shot angle; the defender puts it straight to Pope though and Watford's chance slips away.
Corner for Watford now as Holebas forces the defensive error from Ward. He takes the kick too, only to swing it straight to Ward again who clears this time.
Chance for Westwood! Karnezis can't take a wide ball in from Lowton and spills it to the feet of the striker - who then puts his shot straight into the legs of the keeper from which it bounces away into open play.
We're back underway at Vicarage Road and Burnley press first, with Ward earning a throw on the left wing. The Clarets spread it wide to the right before Lennon puts a cross into the box for Barnes; Mariappa clears.
Despite starting brightly, Burnley have been unable to muster more than a couple of shots in a tepid opening 45; but nor do Watford look likely to breach them, even with eight efforts on goal themselves. It's all to play for at the break; at half-time at Vicarage Road, it's Watford 0-0 Burnley.
Nkoudou can't get to a loose ball in time before Janmaat does and the defender taps it back to his own keeper as the half-time whistle goes.
Holebas turns the second effort into the side netting and Burnley take their time with the goal-kick. One added minute on the way.
Back-to-back corners now for Watford as Long clears the first with a header.
Holebas and Pereyra loop a one-two at the corner but Long forces them back - and the former is then pinged for offside as he recollects the ball.
Long pushes out a Watford attack down the right and Ward clears the follow-up for a corner as the hosts look to strike before the break.
Kiko Femenia gives away a free-kick in the Burnley box now as he bodychecks Long challenging for the ball.
Frantic box defence and two failed clearing efforts eventually leads to a free-kick for Burnley after Wood is brought down in his own box.
Save from Pope! A leap does the job to tip a close-range effort from Pereyra over the crossbar from 18 yards out. Corner to Watford.
G. Nkoudou
Yellow Card
Burnley
Nkoudou gets a booking now for a trip tackle on Holebas.
After a sustained spell of pressure on the edge of the Burnley box, Doucoure tries his luck from 20 yards out and pulls it wide to the left.
Pope deals however, as a Holebas-Janmaat one-two fails to produce results, putting the ball cheaply to the keeper.
Corner to Watford now as Janmaat sees his attempted cross deflected out off Ward.
Barnes is pinged now for offside as he pursues a through-ball down the left wing from Nkoudou.
Holebas can't steer it to a fellow Watford man in the box however and Burnley clear.
Lennon concedes a free-kick in line with the left edge of the Burnley box as he brings down Holebas trying to defend a Hornets attack.
A distant free-kick half-chance doesn't pay off for Watford as Janmaat steers it across the box to the left, from 40 yards out on the right and out for a throw-in.
Two golden chances for Burnley! Aaron Lennon's fantastic flat cross is missed by Wood in front of an open goal, with Karnezis out of position, and then Westwood's follow-up shot bounces off the defence and away. That should have been first blood to the Clarets.
Hughes and Janmaat combine for a speedy one-two down the right into the Burnley box; Pope is alert to the danger though and cleans up sharply.
Nkoudou puts it into the box for the Clarets - and straight into the arms of Karnezis.
Doucoure defuses the initial danger only to foul Westwood and give Burnley a free-kick in a more dangerous position, 35 yards out on the left.
Free-kick to Burnley just inside their own half now as Cork is brought down by Pereyra.
Pereyra tries again from distance, 20 yards out on the left; this time, Pope has no trouble crouching to scoop the ball up.
What a chance for Watford! Threaded a square ball into the box, Pereyra puts a flat shot to Pope from close range, with the keeper bobbling it on his line. Tarkowski clears in the nick of time for Burnley but the hosts get a corner.
Long gets a free-kick in his own half after Deeney brings him down trying to pinch the ball.
Close for the hosts! Deeney gets a glancing header to a low ball from Capoue, this time from the right; the captain's effort steers it just wide at the far-left post.
Down the other end, Watford fail to deal with a header from Barnes; the Clarets man just pushes his effort over the crossbar.
Nervy moments for Burnley; a breakaway cross from the left, sent by Holebas, is misjudged by Pope, who just manages to recover before Deeney arrives.
Lowton tries another cross, this one from 35 yards out on the right wing, only for it to fly into the hands of Karnezis ahead of Wood.
That was a let-off for Watford and from the free-kick, they counter through Capoue. He slips a neat pass in from the left for Deeney; James Tarkowski clears in a crowded box and the Clarets take it back to halfway.
Disallowed goal! Chris Wood nods home a lovely, weighted cross from Matthew Lowton on the right, sticking it in at the near-left post from six yards out but the flag is up on the right for offside.
We're underway at Watford and the hosts find themselves immediately pushed back in the opening exchanges. They win themselves a throw-in; albeit one deep in a defensive position.
The teams are out at Vicarage Road.
Watford have conceded more goals from penalties than any other Premier League side this season (6). However, Burnley are the only side in the division yet to be awarded a spot-kick so far.
Indeed, Burnley are looking to secure four consecutive top-flight wins for the first time since November 1968 (a run of six), and three consecutive top-flight away wins for the first time since September 1973.
The Clarets have already won six Premier League away games this season, more than they had in their previous seasons in the competition combined (5). They last won more in a single top-flight campaign back in 1965-66 (9).
Burnley are looking to secure their first league double over Watford since the 2010-11 season when they were in the Championship; a Scott Arfield goal gave them a 1-0 win in the reverse at Turf Moor in December.
Subs: Bardsley, Marney, Taylor, Vokes, Hendrick, Wells, Heaton
BURNLEY (4-4-2): Pope; Tarkowski, Ward, Long, Lowton; Cork, Nkoudou, Lennon, Westwood; Barnes, Wood
Subs: Okaka, Gray, Gomes, Richarlison, Britos, Carrillo, Cathcart
WATFORD (4-5-1): Karnezis; Holebas, Mariappa, Prodl, Janmaat; Pereyra, Femenia, Hughes, Doucoure, Capoue; Deeney
Team news now...
Hello and welcome to live coverage of the Premier League as Watford host Burnley at Vicarage Road. The Hornets are looking for their first win in almost a month, having mustered a point from nine since beating West Brom in early March; can they do so against a Clarets side enjoying a run of good form with a trio of victories on the trot? Kick-off is just around the corner.