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Burnley 1 Watford 1: Austin on the mark again as Clarets grab a point against Hornets

Burnley 1 Watford 1: Austin on the mark again as Clarets grab a point against Hornets

PUBLISHED:

17:38 GMT, 15 December 2012

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UPDATED:

17:45 GMT, 15 December 2012

Burnley striker Charlie Austin scored his 22nd goal of the campaign as the Clarets and Watford drew at Turf Moor.

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.

The home side dominated for large parts but could not force a winner, with Austin himself being denied by goalkeeper Manuel Almunia, and the Hornets could have left with all three points as Joel Ekstrand struck the crossbar for Watford with 10 minutes left.

Another one! Charlie Austin's equaliser against Watford was his 22nd of the season and earned Burnley a point

Another one! Charlie Austin's equaliser against Watford was his 22nd of the season and earned Burnley a point

Match Facts

Burnley: Grant, Trippier, Long, Shackell, Lafferty, Wallace (Vokes 90), Marney, Edgar, Paterson (Stanislas 72), Ings (Treacy 84), Austin. Subs not used: Jensen, Mills, Bartley, Stock

Booked: Treacy.

Goal: Austin 28 pen.

Watford: Almunia, Ekstrand, Hall, Hoban, Cassetti, Abdi, Chalobah (Yeates 46), Hogg, Pudil (Anya 90), Geijo (Vydra 72), Deeney. Subs not used: Bonham, Neuton, Beleck, Battocchio.

Booked: Chalobah, Almunia.

Goal: Chalobah 11.

Attendance: 14,896

Referee: Phil Gibbs

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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.

Burnley responded well to falling behind, with Edgar heading wide from Ross Wallace's corner.

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.

Away point: Nathaniel Chalobah had fired Gianfranco Zola's Watford into an 11th minute lead at Turf Moor

Away point: Nathaniel Chalobah had fired Gianfranco Zola's Watford into an 11th minute lead at Turf Moor

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.

Austin was then released by Lafferty but his attempted chip failed to find a way past the former Arsenal keeper.

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.

Huddersfield 2 Watford 3: Deeney keeps his cool to seal stunning fightback

Huddersfield 2 Watford 3: Deeney keeps his cool to seal stunning fightback

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UPDATED:

17:23 GMT, 29 September 2012

Huddersfield squandered the chance to go top of the npower
Championship as Troy Deeney's late penalty earned Watford a dramatic
win.

Oliver Norwood's stunning free-kick handed the hosts, unbeaten in
six, the advantage, but Simon Grayson's men were stunned by a
second-half fightback from their struggling visitors.

Just cool: Watford's Troy Deeney (right) celebrates his winner

Just cool: Watford's Troy Deeney (right) celebrates his winner

MATCH FACTS

Huddersfield: Smithies, Hunt, Peter Clarke, Gerrard, Dixon, Norwood (Arfield 79), Clayton (Scannell 72), Southern, Ward, Novak, Beckford (Lee 79). Subs Not Used: Bennett, Woods, Wallace, Spencer.

Goals: Norwood 25,Lee 84.

Watford: Almunia, Cassetti, Neuton, Hall, Pudil, Hoban, Hogg, Abdi (Yeates 76), Chalobah (Smith 81), Deeney, Forestieri (Murray 90). Subs Not Used: Bond, Iwelumo, Forsyth, Doyley.

Booked: Cassetti,Smith.

Goals: Forestieri 68, Hall 83, Deeney 87 pen.

Att: 14,564

Ref: Gary Sutton (Lincolnshire).

Udinese loanee Fernando Forestieri netted his first goal for the club, Fitz Hall put the Hornets ahead and although substitute Alan Lee levelled, Deeney – making only his second appearance since being released from prison – kept his cool to win it from the spot.

The home side handed a debut to on-loan Leicester striker Jermaine Beckford and looked threatening early on, Keith Southern's header was destined for the back of the net only for Piccoli Neuton to clear off the line.

The Hornets' first chance arrived from a corner which was delivered by Forestieri and headed over by fellow Italian Marco Cassetti.

And they pressed again minutes later as Forestieri danced his way past Peter Clarke and hit a superb curling effort just wide of the far upright.

But it was the Terriers who broke the deadlock, and in some style too. Almen Abdi fouled Beckford and Norwood stepped up to steer home a breathtaking free-kick from 30 yards out.

It was the midfielder's third goal in as many matches, having only scored three in his fledgling career prior to that run, and it took his side temporarily top of the pile.

As the home fans rejoiced in that fact, Deeney, who served three months for affray, almost curtailed their celebrations but his header cleared the bar.

Forestieri should have sparked his team back to life early in the second half but he miscued wide when well placed.

Cool head: Deeney scores from the penalty spot

Cool head: Deeney scores from the penalty spot

The miss nonetheless served as encouragement to Gianfranco Zola's side and they drew level after 68 minutes when Forestieri's shot deflected off Clarke and crept past Alex Smithies.

Beckford's underwhelming afternoon was brought to an end 11 minutes from time as he made way for Lee but it was the away side who struck next before the veteran striker could make his mark.

Hall turned home substitute Mark Yeates' cross from close range and an upset was on the cards.

Lee, however, had other ideas and having replaced the man who made all the headlines pre-match, he looked set to have written one of his own when he netted a bullet header with six minutes left.

The final say went to Watford, though, when Cassetti was fouled in the box and Deeney converted the subsequent spot-kick for his first goal of the season.

Watford sign five on loan from Udinese

Watford add five loanees from Udinese to bring total to FOURTEEN

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UPDATED:

22:26 GMT, 31 August 2012

Watford manager Gianfranco Zola has moved to sign five players on loan from Udinese on deadline day with an option to sign them on a permanent basis.

Defenders Jean-Alain Fanchone, Neuton Piccoli and Lars Ekstrand as well as midfielder Cristian Battocchio and striker Fernando Forestieri have joined the npower Championship club.

The transfers are subject to international clearance and bring the total number of loanees at the club to a staggering 14.

Busy man: Gianfranco Zola has signed a host of players on loan from Italy

Busy man: Gianfranco Zola has signed a host of players on loan from Italy