Watford 3-2 Burnley- Match Report
Report of match 3rd March 2012
Watford 3-2 Burnley- Match Report.
Hornets comeback stings Clarets
Burnley's play-off hopes suffered a blow after Watford battled back from two goals down to earn a thrilling 3-2 win in the npower Championship at Vicarage Road.
The Clarets deservedly went in front just before the break through Jay Rodriguez and looked in control when Nyron Nosworthy headed into his own net five minutes after half-time.
Nosworthy quickly made up for his mistake by pulling a goal back with a downward header, before substitute Alex Kacaniklic equalised and Troy Deeney sealed a stunning fightback with 15 minutes remaining.
Burnley were unable to find a way back and slipped to a third consecutive defeat which left them eight points adrift of the play-off places.
With six minutes gone Watford had a golden chance to take the lead when Ben Mee's poor backpass sent Deeney clear but Burnley goalkeeper Lee Grant made a smart block on the edge of the box.
The visitors began to take control and Ross Wallace's cross found Dean Marney who headed over.
Minutes later the Clarets worked the ball to Wallace just outside the box and with no Watford player to close him down he fired in a dipping shot that went just over the bar.
At the other end Lee Hodson evaded two challenges and laid the ball off for Prince Buaben who took a touch before firing in a shot which was tipped over by Grant.
Just as Watford began to get a foothold in the game, they went behind four minutes before the break.
Adrian Mariappa attempted to head the ball back to Tomasz Kuszczak but Rodriguez nipped in and drilled a shot into the corner.
Watford boss Sean Dyche would have wanted to see a reaction from his side after the break but within five minutes of the restart they were 2-0 down.
Wallace sent in a free-kick from the right touchline and the unfortunate Nosworthy headed into his own net.
Four minutes later Nosworthy went some way to atoning for his mistake when he met Sean Murray's corner at the back post and headed in to halve the deficit.
That was Nosworthy's first goal for over eight years and he almost had another moments later when he fired in a first-time shot after a punch from Grant but the Burnley keeper saved with his feet.
Watford drew level with 18 minutes remaining when Joe Garner flicked the ball into the path of Kacaniklic who drove a shot across Grant and into the far corner.
Vicarage Road erupted and the Watford fans were still celebrating when Burnley failed to clear Murray's corner and the ball fell to Deeney who converted from close range.
Burnley pressed for an equaliser and Kuszczak made a superb save low to his left to keep out a half-volley from Rodriguez as Watford held on for the win.
|Competition: npower Championship Kick Off: 15:00 Venue: Vicarage Road Attendance: 11,612|
|3 - 2||Burnley
Nosworthy 50 (og)
|-||Match ends, Watford 3, Burnley 2.|
|90+0||Second Half ends, Watford 3, Burnley 2.|
|89||Substitution, Watford. Dale Bennett replaces Sean Murray.|
|86||Attempt saved. Danny Ings (Burnley) header from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by Martin Paterson with a cross.|
|82||Ross Wallace (Burnley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.|
|82||Foul by Ross Wallace (Burnley).|
|82||Sean Murray (Watford) wins a free kick.|
|82||Substitution, Burnley. Danny Ings replaces Josh McQuoid.|
|81||Foul by Chris McCann (Burnley).|
|81||Joe Garner (Watford) wins a free kick.|
|76||Troy Deeney (Watford) is shown the yellow card for dissent.|
|75||Goal! Watford 3, Burnley 2. Troy Deeney (Watford) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Sean Murray.|
|72||Goal! Watford 2, Burnley 2. Alexander Kacaniklic (Watford) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner.|
|68||Substitution, Burnley. Martin Paterson replaces Charlie Austin.|
|67||Attempt missed. Alexander Kacaniklic (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.|
|64||Foul by Ben Mee (Burnley).|
|64||Troy Deeney (Watford) wins a free kick.|
|61||Foul by Jay Rodriguez (Burnley).|
|61||Sean Murray (Watford) wins a free kick.|
|57||Attempt saved. Nyron Nosworthy (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.|
|56||Offside, Burnley. Charlie Austin is caught offside.|
|54||Goal! Watford 1, Burnley 2. Nyron Nosworthy (Watford) header from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sean Murray.|
|50||Own Goal by Nyron Nosworthy, Watford. Watford 0, Burnley 2.|
|49||Foul by Jonathan Hogg (Watford).|
|49||Charlie Austin (Burnley) wins a free kick.|
|46||Substitution, Burnley. Brian Easton replaces Michael Duff.|
|46||Substitution, Watford. Alexander Kacaniklic replaces Prince Bauben.|
|-||Second Half begins Watford 0, Burnley 1.|
|45+0||First Half ends, Watford 0, Burnley 1.|
|45||Foul by Adrian Mariappa (Watford).|
|45||Charlie Austin (Burnley) wins a free kick.|
|43||Offside, Burnley. Jay Rodriguez is caught offside.|
|41||Goal! Watford 0, Burnley 1. Jay Rodriguez (Burnley) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the centre of the goal.|
|34||Attempt missed. Joe Garner (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.|
|31||Attempt missed. Dean Marney (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.|
|27||Attempt missed. Ross Wallace (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.|
|26||Foul by Jonathan Hogg (Watford).|
|26||Jay Rodriguez (Burnley) wins a free kick.|
|24||Foul by Lee Hodson (Watford).|
|24||Jay Rodriguez (Burnley) wins a free kick.|
|20||Attempt missed. Dean Marney (Burnley) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Ross Wallace with a cross.|
|17||Foul by John Eustace (Watford).|
|17||Jay Rodriguez (Burnley) wins a free kick.|
|8||Foul by Lee Hodson (Watford).|
|8||Josh McQuoid (Burnley) wins a free kick.|
|8||Foul by Jonathan Hogg (Watford).|
|8||Josh McQuoid (Burnley) wins a free kick.|
|7||Foul by Charlie Austin (Burnley).|
|7||Lloyd Doyley (Watford) wins a free kick.|
|6||Attempt missed. Troy Deeney (Watford) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Sean Murray.|
|5||Foul by Chris McCann (Burnley).|
|5||John Eustace (Watford) wins a free kick.|
|1||Offside, Burnley. Charlie Austin is caught offside.|
|-||First Half begins.|
|-||Lineups are announced and players are warming up.|