MATCH REPORTING

Deeney and Hughes gives Watford a win over Burnley

Watford continued with their excellent form in Premier League with a wonderful 3-1 victory against Burnley on Sunday. It was the perfect start for the Hornets who took the lead through a stunning volley from Andre Gray.

A header from James Tarkowski levelled things up three minutes later. Watford rallied back in the second half. A tailor-made goal from Troy Deeney, followed up by a classic strike from Will Hughes, made it 3-1 within six minutes into the second half.

Dyche made six changes from the side that qualified for the Europa League play-off round on Thursday night, restoring the starting XI which earned a point at Southampton last weekend.

“It’s the story that started five months ago,” Burnley coach said. “You’ll run it because it’s your job. The challenge is real (but) I don’t think it’s been a factor. You couldn’t comment on performance level in first half.”

After an evenly balanced and entertaining first half, Watford hit Burnley, who have now gone seven league games without a win, twice. Burnley also began to tire and only came close when substitute Sam Vokes headed inches wide with his first touch and Ben Mee hooked over in added time.

Hart had kept clean sheets in each of his first three appearances for the Clarets, who have already completed six games of a season elongated by Europa League commitments. But performance of his team in firsy two league games will surely itch the minds ahead of the visit to Athens.