Burnley 1 - 1 Watford Match Report.
Watford drew at Burnley yeasterday in the battle of this season and last season's managers of Watford. Nathaniel Chalobah put Watford ahead but Charlie Austin equalised from the penalty spot. Watford were not at their best and their passing let them down at times. Both teams had chances to win it in the fianl minutes with Joel Ekstrand hitting the bar and Manuel Almunia pulling off a top class save from Sam Vokes. Watford made two changes to the side that lost to Hull City. Almen Abdi came in for Mark Yeates in midfield whilst Alex Geijo replaced Matej Vydra in attack. Burnely made three changes; two of which were enforced. Chris McCann and Michael Duff were out through suspension whilst Brian Stock was dropped. In came Danny Ings, Kevin Lond (To make his first start) and David Edgar. Burnely started the brighter and Daniel Pudil did well to knock the ball over the crossbar after Charlie Austin's knock down fell to Danny Ings from a free kick. But with their first shot of the match, the hornets took the lead. After 3 corners in a row, Watford made the fourth count. From the corner, Daniel Pudil played the ball to Fitz Hall who crossed the ball in to the box. The ball was headered out. But only as far as Nathaniel Chalobah who from 20 yards out, striked a half volley which went into the bottom corner of Lee Grants goal. This was a good week for the young Midfielder on loan from Chelsea who celebrated his 18th birthday in the week. Burnley improved after this and were helped by Watford who conceded needless free kick's in their own half. Chalobah was booked in the 25th minute after he kicked the ball away after being penalised by referee Phil Gibbs. But 90 seconds later and Burnely were awarded a penalty. Ross Wallace passed the ball to Dean Marney from a corner and Marney made the most of a small touch by Almen Abdi. It was a silly nudge from Abdi but it was a very soft penalty for referee Phil Gibbs to give. Top scorer Charlie Austin made no mistake sending Hornets Captain Manuel Almunia the wrong way to calmly slot the ball into the goal. Soon after, Austin was at it again but not for the first time, Tommie Hoban superbly came across to block the Championship's top scorers attempt.
Half Time 1 - 1
Goalscorer, Nathaniel Chalobah was replaced at half time due to an injury and was repalced by Mark Yeates who was making his 300th career appearence.The Second Half started much better for the Orns as Lee Grant made a double save from Troy Deeeney who was trying to equal the Watford record set by Danny Graham for the most goals scorered in consecutive matches. Firstly, the strikers header was saved by the goalkeepers legs who then got back up to block Deeney at the second attempt. In the 59th minute, Charlie Austin nearly put Sean Dyches's side ahead from Kieran Trippier's free kick. Austin's glancing header was just wide. Manuel Almunia made a good save in the 74th minute, when Austin turned Fitz Hall but Almunia blocked the strikers shot. But in the 79th minute, Watford were a wisker away from taking the lead. Joel Ekstrand had charged froward from the back and his thunderous dipping shot crashed against the crossbar. Lee Grant couldnt have done anything to prevent the ball from going in if it did. Burnley nearly nicked it in the last few minutes when Sam Vokes header was superbly saved by Hornets Number 1 Manuel Almunia. A Point will not seem a bad result to Watford fans and players after getting a result despite not performing as well as they have done this season.
Full Time 1-1
Burnley - Grant (GK), Trippier, Long, Shackell (C), Lafferty, Wallace (Vokes 90), Marney, Edgar, Ings (Treacy 84), Austin, Patterson (Stanislas 71).
Subs Not Used - Jensen (GK), Mills, Bartley, Stock.
Goals - Austin (Pen) (28).
Yellow Cards - Treacy
Watford - Almunia (GK)(C), Ekstrand, Hall, Hoban, Cassetti, Hogg, Chalobah (Yeates H/T), Abdi, Pudil (Anya 90), Deeney, Geijo (Vydra 71).
Subs Not Used - Bonham (GK), Neuton, Beleck, Battochio.
Goals- Chalobah (11)
Yellow Cards - Chalobah, Almunia
Possesion - Burnley 56%. Watford - 44%
Attendance - 14,896 (366 Watford Fans)
Referee - Phil Gibbs.