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Burnley 2-2 Watford

Burnley 2-2 Watford

SEAN DYCHE was put through all the emotions by his side during his first competitive match as manager as the Hornets threw away a two-goal lead at Burnley on the opening day of the Championship season.

Watford took the lead on half-time when Craig Forsyth headed Marvin Sordell`s header home. Mark Yeates added a second after the break before Burnley fought back with goals from subs Charlie Austin and Keith Treacy.

Sean Dyche brought four of his new signings into the first team for his first starting eleven, with Mark Yeates, Craig Forsyth, Carl Dickinson and Chris Iwelumo all making their debuts. David Mirfin was part of the new five-man substitutes bench.

Burnley left their only permanent signing of the summer, Keith Treacy amongst their subs whilst Ben Mee and Kieran Trippier got their debuts for the Clarets.

New-boy Forsyth handed his new side the lead on the stroke of half-time when he headed past Hemel Hempstead-born Claret`s stopper Lee Grant. Following Marvin Sordell`s trickery and inch-perfect cross, the Scot nodded home on debut.

Fellow winger and new-boy Yeates matched his team-mate with the 'Orns second after 70 minutes when he slotted coolly past Grant.

However, it was not all plain sailing for the Goldenboys and the Burnley comeback started just six minutes later when substitute Charlie Austin opened his account for the season, diverting home from close-range.

Then, with only a handful of minutes left on the clock, former Preston wide-man, Keith Treacy became the third debutant winger to notch as he secured the home side a share of the spoils. The diminutive left-winger was left free to head home at the far post and claim a point for Eddie Howe`s men.

A point I`m sure we`d all have taken at the three o`clock this afternoon but this does feel more like a defeat than a draw. New manager, new players, new regime - same problems.

WATFORD (4-4-2): Loach; Doyley, Mariappa, Taylor, Dickinson; Yeates, Eustace (c), Jenkins, Forsyth; Sordell, Iwelumo (Deeney). Subs not used: Gilmartin (gk), Mirfin, Mingoia, Massey.

BURNLEY (4-5-1): Grant; Tippier, Amougou, Mee, Fox; Rodriguez, Elliot, McCann (c), Wallace, Elliot (Treacy); Paterson (Austin). Subs not used: Jensen (gk); Bartley, Edgar.

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Writer:Tom Bodell
Date:Saturday August 6 2011
Time: 5:07PM


You would have thought with the experience brought in, we would have learnt to close up and win the game, but as you point out, same old! Still 49 more points and we will be safe
06/08/2011 18:51:00
Just goes to show pre-season results are pointless and the gloom merchants confiding us to relegation already are way off the mark. Hull won all 5 of their pre season games including a 3-0 hammering of Liverpool but lost at home on the opening night!
06/08/2011 22:27:00
Just like to commend the Watford fans who came up to Turf Moor not to many of you, but you made some noise supporting your club. But most of all well done for the respect you gave to one of our greatest Jimmy McIlroy now 79 as he was presented with his MBE on the pitch before the game The watford fans all clapped him and you deserve a well done for that.
Grimsby Claret
10/08/2011 09:48:00
Good to hear - cheers!
10/08/2011 16:06:00
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