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Burnley 1-0 Watford

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Watford head coach Marco Silva said Marvin Zeegelaar’s red card was “harsh, harsh, harsh, harsh”, after Scott Arfield’s first-half goal gave Burnley victory over the Hornets.Arfield’s winner took Burnley within a point of the Champions League places, but the main talking point was Zeegelaar’s 39th-minute dismissal.The Ajax academy graduate was shown a straight red card by referee Lee Probert for a two-footed challenge on Steven Defour.

Silva described it as “the decision that influenced the whole of the match”.”We had to compete the rest of the game 10 men against 11,” he added. “It was an unfair game then as a result.”

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Burnley manager Sean Dyche, though, supported the decision.”It was definitely a red card,” he said. “I thought so at the time. I’ve seen it afterwards and it’s a poor challenge.”Probert had a number of tricky decisions to make – angering Watford by turning down two second-half penalty appeals.”I don’t want to talk here about the referee but I think everyone understands his big influence on the match,” Silva added. He upset the home fans too, ruling out an Ashley Barnes goal with just under 20 minutes left as the striker was judged marginally offside.Relive Burnley 1-0 Watford as it happenedReaction to Saturday’s Premier League matchesProbert pushed to the limit

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In a match that had plenty of bite, Probert was the centre of attention – and Silva was not impressed.Match of the Day commentator Steve Wilson felt Probert was right to dismiss Zeegelaar – but former Republic of Ireland international Kevin Kilbane felt the defender’s feet were too low for it be dangerous play.”Zeegelaar goes low, hurling himself forward, but that doesn’t look like a red-card offence,” Kilbane said on the BBC’s Final Score. Watford keeper Heurelho Gomes, meanwhile, called the dismissal “harsh”.Probert was tested several times in the second half. He said no to both of Watford’s penalty appeals, first when Andre Carrillo went down under James Tarkowski’s tackle, then when Richarlison went to ground after Phil Bardsley’s challenge. Further controversy came at the other end, with Barnes ruled offside as he swept in after Arfield’s pass was deflected off Tom Cleverley. Probert ruled out the goal after consulting with his assistant. This time it was Burnley’s turn to feel hard done by.There was more to come. When Bardsley caught Richarlison late in the closing stages, Silva ran across the front of his technical area, waving his arms in anger, and had to be told to calm down by the referee – who was probably glad to blow the final whistle.Burnley continue to overcome injury problems

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The fact Arfield scored the winner was of great satisfaction for Burnley as he was the player brought into the starting line-up to replace Robbie Brady, who may miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.It was a lovely goal too, slotted in after Jeff Hendrick dummied Johann Gudmundsson’s low cross to open up space.Burnley’s squad now has such depth their progress was not checked by the loss of a player they paid £13m for last January.”The marvel of our squad is that we have players who can come into the team out of the blue and deliver great performances,” said Dyche.Gudmundsson and Defour shared set-piece duties with Brady absent, and the Iceland midfielder almost scored with a first-half free-kick that Gomes did well to push around the post.Burnley are getting used to coping with long-term injuries now, having been without England goalkeeper Tom Heaton since September with a shoulder injury.Nick Pope, Heaton’s stand-in for the past three months, made an important first-half save from Abdoulaye Doucoure’s snapshot, but was otherwise rarely troubled.That was thanks to the defence in front of him, with Kevin Long performing well as he made his first league start of the season, in place of injured captain Ben Mee.Continue like this, and Burnley may yet bring European football to Turf Moor. That would be an extraordinary achievement for Dyche – and would only compound the mystery as to why he has not been snapped up by another club.Hornets draw a rare blank

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Before arriving at Turf Moor, Watford had scored at least twice in every away game this season – and looked as if they might continue that run as they dominated the first 15 minutes.Richarlison turned over Carrillo’s bouncing cross in the seventh minute, and had that gone in, the visitors may well have gone on to win.Kilbane’s assertion that Zeegelaar’s sending-off changed the game had merit up to a point, although Burnley had managed to work their way back into the match by then.In any case, Watford continued to create half-chances even with 10 men. Janmaat’s positive run soon after half-time was only thwarted by Defour’s timely challenge, while Carrillo took too long to shoot after Richarlison had chested into his path, and Jack Cork whipped the ball away.Andre Gray, signed for a club record £18m from Burnley in August, made only a brief substitute appearance against his former club, and was unable to make an impact.There was not an awful lot to choose between the two sides in the end – and despite defeat here, Watford look more than capable of a first top-10 finish in the top division since 1987.Man of the match – Johann Gudmundsson (Burnley)

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‘One-nil to the Burnley men’ – the key statsThis was Burnley’s 34th Premier League win and the 25th of those to have been won by a single goal margin (74%).There have only been nine goals scored in eight Premier League games at Turf Moor this season (six for Burnley, three for their opponents) – fewer than at any other ground.Three of the eight red cards to have been given before half-time this season in the Premier League have come against Burnley.Watford have now been given seven red cards in the Premier League since the start of 2016-17; no side have more (they are level with West Ham).Arfield scored his fifth Premier League goal – the fourth of which has been scored at Turf Moor.The only Canadians to have scored more Premier League goals than Arfield (five) are Tomasz Radzinski (35) and Junior Hoilett (13).’We deserved more from the game’ – reactionWatford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes: “It was a very harsh decision on the red card and we deserved more from the game as we fought to the end. “We had some good opportunities and could easily have scored, but sometimes the game is like this.”We now need to try to get back to winning ways again, but it’s entirely up to us. We are having a great season and believe in our own quality.”

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Burnley boss Sean Dyche: “I’m really pleased with the result. Watford had a very strong start to the season and we knew they’re a strong side. We started slowly but overall delivered a strong performance.”It’s strange when the opposition go a man down because you’re then in a fight where everyone expects you to win. But overall this is another big three points for us.What’s next?Burnley attempt to continue their push towards the top four at home to Stoke on Tuesday (19:45 GMT), while Watford go to Crystal Palace on the same night (20:00).Line-upsMatch StatsLive TextLine-upsBurnley29Pope26BardsleyBooked at 86mins28Long5Tarkowski23Ward16DefourSubstituted forWestwoodat 90+4’minutes4Cork17Berg Gudmundsson13HendrickSubstituted forBarnesat 60’minutes37Arfield11WoodSubstitutes3Taylor9Vokes10Barnes18Westwood20Ulvestad21Wells22LindegaardWatford1Gomes2Janmaat6Mariappa27Kabasele22ZeegelaarBooked at 39mins8Cleverley16Doucouré28CarrilloSubstituted forGrayat 79’minutes37PereyraSubstituted forHolebasat 44’minutes11Richarlison9DeeneySubstitutes5Prödl10Success18Gray23Watson25Holebas29Capoue30KarnezisReferee:Lee ProbertAttendance:19,479Match StatsHome TeamBurnleyAway TeamWatfordPossessionHome48%Away52%ShotsHome8Away11Shots on TargetHome5Away2CornersHome3Away5FoulsHome10Away12Live TextPosted at Match ends, Burnley 1, Watford 0.Full TimePosted at 90’+5′ Second Half ends, Burnley 1, Watford 0.Posted at 90’+5′ Richarlison (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.Posted at 90’+5′ Foul by Johann Berg Gudmundsson (Burnley).SubstitutionPosted at 90’+4′ Substitution, Burnley. Ashley Westwood replaces Steven Defour.Posted at 90’+3′ Offside, Burnley. Chris Wood tries a through ball, but Ashley Barnes is caught offside.Posted at 90’+1′ Foul by Christian Kabasele (Watford).Posted at 90’+1′ Ashley Barnes (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 89′ Foul by Adrian Mariappa (Watford).Posted at 89′ Chris Wood (Burnley) wins a free kick on the left wing.Posted at 88′ Foul by Abdoulaye Doucouré (Watford).Posted at 88′ Chris Wood (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.BookingPosted at 86′ Phil Bardsley (Burnley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.Posted at 86′ Richarlison (Watford) wins a free kick on the left wing.Posted at 86′ Foul by Phil Bardsley (Burnley).Posted at 85′ Foul by Christian Kabasele (Watford).Posted at 85′ Ashley Barnes (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.Posted at 83′ Foul by Christian Kabasele (Watford).Posted at 83′ Chris Wood (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.Posted at 82′ Adrian Mariappa (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 82′ Foul by Ashley Barnes (Burnley).Posted at 82′ Attempt saved. Johann Berg Gudmundsson (Burnley) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Scott Arfield.Posted at 80′ Attempt missed. Daryl Janmaat (Watford) header from the left side of the six yard box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Tom Cleverley with a cross following a corner.SubstitutionPosted at 79′ Substitution, Watford. Andre Gray replaces André Carrillo.Posted at 78′ Corner, Watford. Conceded by Phil Bardsley.Posted at 78′ Attempt missed. Steven Defour (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.Posted at 77′ Foul by Christian Kabasele (Watford).Posted at 77′ Scott Arfield (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.Posted at 75′ Foul by André Carrillo (Watford).Posted at 75′ Chris Wood (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 73′ Troy Deeney (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.Posted at 73′ Foul by Jack Cork (Burnley).Posted at 71′ Offside, Burnley. Scott Arfield tries a through ball, but Ashley Barnes is caught offside.Posted at 66′ Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Daryl Janmaat.Posted at 65′ Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Abdoulaye Doucouré.Posted at 64′ Offside, Burnley. Johann Berg Gudmundsson tries a through ball, but Kevin Long is caught offside.Posted at 63′ Foul by José Holebas (Watford).Posted at 63′ Johann Berg Gudmundsson (Burnley) wins a free kick on the right wing.Posted at 60′ Offside, Burnley. Scott Arfield tries a through ball, but Jack Cork is caught offside.SubstitutionPosted at 60′ Substitution, Burnley. Ashley Barnes replaces Jeff Hendrick.Show more updatesgoal
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