Burnley draw with Watford

Charlie Austin scored his 22nd goal of the campaign as Burnley

drew 1-1 at home to Watford in the Championship.

Nathaniel Chalobah fired the visitors into an 11th minute lead

with a well-taken volley from the edge of the area but Austin

equalised 17 minutes later from the penalty spot.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche made three changes, with David Edgar and

Kevin Long replacing suspended duo Chris McCann and Michael Duff,

while Danny Ings was handed a first start of the season in place of

Brian Stock, who dropped to the bench.

Watford welcomed back Almen Abdi to the side for his first start

since November due to injury, while Alexandre Geijo replaced Matej

Vydra in attack.

The visitors went ahead after just 11 minutes through on-loan

midfielder Chalobah. Burnley failed to deal with a succession of

Watford corners and, after the ball was partially cleared, Chalobah

volleyed in from edge of the area for his second Hornets goal.

And the Clarets were soon level. Referee Phil Gibbs had no

hesitation in awarding a spot-kick after Joel Ekstrand pushed Dean

Marney in the area and Austin calmly sent Almunia the wrong

way.

Dyche’s side were on top and Kieran Trippier’s shot from the

edge of the area tested Almunia, who could only gather at the

second attempt. Then Danny Lafferty’s deep cross was headed

goalwards by Austin but the Spaniard saved well.

Just before half-time, Martin Paterson broke down the flank and

Austin was denied a tap-in by a crucial intervention from Tommie

Hoban.

Mark Yeates replaced Chalobah at half-time for the visitors to

make his 300th career appearance, and the Hornets started the

second half brightly with Deeney going close.

The striker, who was aiming to equal the club record for scoring

in seven successive games, was denied twice by Lee Grant as the

Burnley keeper saved the Deeney’s far-post header with his legs and

recovered quickly to block the follow up.

But Burnley soon found their rhythm again and almost went ahead

as Trippier’s dangerous cross was met by Austin, but his diving

header was held well by Almunia.

There were loud shouts from the home fans for a penalty with 16

minutes left as the ball struck Marco Cassetti’s arm in the penalty

area, but the referee decided it was not deliberate.

Watford were still a threat on the counter and Ekstrand came

within inches of a spectacular goal but his long range effort

crashed off the bar. But neither side was able to force a late

winner as the game ended all-square.