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Hendrick scores first Burnley goal in win over Watford

Jeff Hendrick scores for Burnley against Watford

Jeff Hendrick scored his first club goal since 20 February

Burnley’s record signing Jeff Hendrick scored his first goal for the club to help his side beat a lacklustre Watford in the Premier League.

The hosts had carried the greater threat and Hendrick headed in from a Steven Defour cross for the opener.

Troy Deeney had a rare Hornets shot saved before Defour crossed for Michael Keane to nod in a second for Burnley.

Isaac Success went close late on for Watford but the Clarets easily held on for a second league win of the season.

The victory moved Burnley level on seven points with Watford.

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Andre who?

Burnley went into the game as this season’s lowest scorers in the Premier League with three goals and without striker Andre Gray, who was starting a four-match ban for comments on social media.

However, with Sam Vokes as a lone target man up front they carried the greater attacking threat with their crosses into the striker before taking the lead when Defour sent in the corner for Hendrick’s opener.

Midfielder Defour, who moved to Turf Moor for £8m in the summer, has already become an influential presence for the side and also provided the cross for Keane to score.

Defour has been involved in four of his side’s five goals this season, scoring one and assisting three.

“I’m very pleased,” said the Belgium international. “The work of the whole team means that I can bring this sort of game which is what I was bought to do.”

Defour will be key for Sean Dyche’s side along with their home form, with 13 of Burnley’s 17 top-flight wins coming at Turf Moor.

Hornets lack buzz

Watford beat Manchester United last time out but they were a different side on Monday as they managed just one effort on target in the first half, an Odion Ighalo header giving keeper Tom Heaton a simple save.

Right-back Juan Zuniga, who scored against United, replaced centre-back Craig Cathcart for the second half as Watford went from 3-5-2 to four at the back.

However, it did not result in a change of fortune as the home side extended their lead with a goal that meant the last seven Watford have conceded in the league have all come from from crosses.

Success added some much-needed energy for the visitors and they did mount some pressure late on – but by then the game had gone.

More to follow.

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Match ends, Burnley 2, Watford 0.

Second Half ends, Burnley 2, Watford 0.

Attempt missed. Isaac Success (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Troy Deeney.

Foul by Odion Ighalo (Watford).

Ben Mee (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution, Burnley. Michael Kightly replaces Johann Berg Gudmundsson.

Sebastian Prödl (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Scott Arfield (Burnley).

Isaac Success (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matthew Lowton (Burnley).

Foul by Kenedy (Watford).

Jeff Hendrick (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. José Holebas (Watford) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Etienne Capoue.

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Scott Arfield.

Attempt blocked. Etienne Capoue (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

José Holebas (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Scott Arfield (Burnley).

Attempt missed. Valon Behrami (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Tom Heaton.

Attempt saved. Isaac Success (Watford) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Troy Deeney.

Substitution, Burnley. Scott Arfield replaces Steven Defour.

Miguel Britos (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michael Keane (Burnley).

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Heurelho Gomes.

Attempt blocked. Sam Vokes (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Valon Behrami (Watford).

Jeff Hendrick (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Odion Ighalo (Watford).

Dean Marney (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Burnley. Sam Vokes tries a through ball, but Jeff Hendrick is caught offside.

Substitution, Watford. Kenedy replaces Roberto Pereyra.

Foul by Roberto Pereyra (Watford).

Jeff Hendrick (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Offside, Burnley. Steven Defour tries a through ball, but George Boyd is caught offside.

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Ben Mee.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Stephen Ward (Burnley) because of an injury.

Isaac Success (Watford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Isaac Success (Watford).

Stephen Ward (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/37404133