Watford v Clarets...How they rated
8:30am Monday 7th April 2014 in Sport
Chris Flanagan gives his verdict on th Clarets in the draw at Watford...
Tom Heaton 7 A deflection helped to defeat him for Watford’s goal, and did well to save from Pudil in the second half.
Chris Baird 8 Provided the assist for Arfield’s goal and had earlier made an important goal-line clearance from Anya.
Michael Duff 6 A couple of tricky moments, including giving the ball away in a bad area, but stuck to his task.
Jason Shackell 8 Got his head on a number of crosses and his body in the way of shots, in an important defensive performance.
Ben Mee 7 So close to finding the net when his header was brilliantly saved by Almunia.
Michael Kightly 7 Some bright moments of play from the wide man, who hit the side netting in the second half.
David Edgar 6 Started in central midfield in place of the suspended Dean Marney, but could not impose himself to the same degree.
David Jones 7 Spread the play well at times but illness led to his withdrawal, before the midfielder was taken to hospital as a precaution.
Keith Treacy 6 Tried to make things happen and set up Barnes’ disallowed goal, but could not make the impact he would have liked.
Scott Arfield 7 Started the game supporting lone striker Barnes, often swapping with Treacy. Quiet until he scored the all important equaliser.
Ashley Barnes 7 Worked tirelessly as a lone front man and did well to hold the ball up and win free kicks on occasions.
Substitutions Ross Wallace (62) for Keith Treacy Brian Stock (75) for David Jones
Not used: Alex Cisak, Kevin Long, Danny Lafferty, Steven Hewitt, Jason Gilchrist.
Watford Manuel Almunia; Gabriele Angella, Marco Cassetti, Joel Ekstrand; Ikechi Anya, Cristian Battocchio (Almen Abdi 42), Daniel Tozser, Lewis McGugan (Albert Riera 87), Daniel Pudil; Troy Deeney, Mathias Ranegie (Davide Faraoni 75). Subs not used: Jonathan Bond, Sean Murray, Samba Diakite, Tommie Hoban.
Man of the match Chris Baird The right back played a key part at both ends of the field. First he cleared off the line from Anya, then he provided the pass for Arfield’s goal.
Villain Stuart Attwell The referee was returning to Vicarage Road for the first time since awarding an infamous ‘ghost goal’ to Reading in 2008, and was booed by Watford fans before kick-off.
Key moment Time appeared to be running out and Burnley never totally convinced that they would score, until Arfield hit the net with four minutes left.
Ref watch Stuart Attwell frustrated both sides at times but got through his first return to Vicarage Road. The most controversial decision in the game was his assistant’s flag for offside to rule out Barnes’ goal.
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