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    Burnley 2-0 Watford: Jeff Hendrick and Michael Keane seal win for Clarets

    By Alex Easley
    Club record signing Jeff Hendrick scored as Burnley beat Watford 2-0 on Monday night.
    Jeff Hendrick and Michael Keane were on the scoresheet as Burnley beat Watford 2-0 at Turf Moore on Monday night.

    Both the players scored their first-ever Premier League goals for the Clarets with headers from Steven Defour corners either side of the break.

    As a result of the win, Burnely have moved up to 13th in the league table, while defeat means Watford remain unmoved in 11th.

    Burnley boss Sean Dyche made two changes from the side that were beaten 3-0 at Leicester City last weekend, with Sam Vokes and Johann Berg Gudmundsson replacing the suspended Andre Gray and Scott Arfield.

    Watford made one enforced change from the 3-1 win over Manchester United in their last league game, with Nordin Amrabat coming in for the injured Daryl Janmaat at right-back.

    This was the first-ever top flight meeting between the two clubs, and it was the hosts who made the brighter start with George Boyd being denied by fingertip save from Watford keeper Heurelho Gomes.

    Icelandic player Gudmundsson went close with one chance midway through the first half that flew just inches past the post.

    The deadline was broken on the 38-minute mark when Defour swung in a right-wing corner deep towards the back post where Hendrick placed a header into the net through several players.

    The Hornets, who had beaten both Man Utd and West Ham in their previous two league outings, came out charged up after the break and very nearly equalised within four minutes of the restart.

    However, England international Tom Heaton stood tall at his near post to beat away Troy Deeney's close-range effort and 60 seconds later, after a Burnley counter attack had ended in a left-wing corner, the home team had doubled their lead.
    A Jeff Hendrick header gave Burnley the lead.
    Defour, who was signed from Anderlecht in the close season, saw his initial cross cleared straight back to him, but second time round the midfielder delivered a devilish delivery from which Keane somehow managed to plant a back header past a helpless Gomes.

    Watford huffed and puffed as they went in search of a goal to bring them back into the contest, butthe closest they came was when substitute Isaac Success dribbled his way to the left-hand byline, only for his goalbound effort from the tightest of angles to be deflected behind for a corner by the legs of Heaton.

    Hornets boss Walter Mazzarri was disappointed with his side’s display: "It was not good enough. I was hoping the players would go on the pitch with the same hunger and determination they had before and they didn't. Tomorrow will be a day of reflection for all of us.

    "I don't want to speak about what I told the players [in the dressing room]. We haven't said much but tomorrow at the training ground we will train and I will speak with my players.

    "We were not playing good, then between the first half and the second half we made some changes and we starting playing well.

    "But the moment we started playing well, they made the second goal and it was very difficult for us."


    Burnley: Heaton, Lowton, Keane, Mee, Ward, Boyd, Defour, Marney, Hendrick, Gudmundsson, Vokes

    Used subs: Kightly, Arfield

    Watford: Gomes, Cathcart, Prodl, Britos, Amrabat, Capoue, Behrami, Pereyra, Holebas, Deeney, Ighalo

    Used subs: Zuniga, Kenedy, Success

    MAN OF THE MATCH: Steven Defour
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