Watford continued their attacking play but were nearly caught on the counter-attack from a corner when Burnley’s forwards surged into the defensive third on two occasions. The first opportunity was blazed over by Weghorst, while Cornet provoked a strong save from Foster for the second.
Jay Rodriguez’s introduction from the bench ignited the hosts’ belief going into the latter stages and put the Golden Boys on the back foot. Cucho Hernández then had a similar effect for the Hornets when he entered the fray, his surge forwards providing a chance for Tom Cleverley to fire a shot at goal, which Pope saved at full stretch.
Despite chances for both teams, the game ended goalless in Lancashire. Hodgson's Hornets claimed a first Premier League clean sheet of the campaign in the his first game in charge, and they will look to build on the result on Tuesday night when they visit West Ham United.