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Matchday live

6:20 PM

That's all folks!

That's all from Matchday Live, but check back on very shortly for our Match Review page including an exclusive post-match interview with M'Baye Niang, fan-cam, all the best of social media, a full match report and extended match highlights (available later this evening).

6:15 PM

Instagram Snapshot


2 wins in a row, new signings looking great. Love a 3 point Saturday! #COYH #watfordfc #VicarageRoad

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6:10 PM

The Fan View


6:05 PM


Niang's glancing header just evades the reach of England and Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton.


5:55 PM

“I think he has to send him off. I don't have any issues with it” - Dyche

Former Hornets manager Sean Dyche said in his post-match press conference:


"I've looked back at the red, and there's minimal contact, but his foot goes over the ball so I think he has to send him off. I don't have any issues with it.


"I thought the handball [by Prödl] was a tough one against Watford, it's a 50-50 because it's come from a long way out."

5:45 PM

“I am very angry about not closing the game out in a better way” - Mazzarri

Watford Head Coach Walter Mazzarri spoke to the broadcast media after his side's 2-1 win over Burnley:


"I am happy but at same time very angry. We should have closed the game.


"We allowed them the opportunity to draw. With the penalty as well, I am not happy we allowed this. 


"The red card was fair and in general referee had a good game today. 


"This is where we still need to grow. Big teams close games 3 or 4 zero. We are concentrating on the first objective of staying in league and working on the mentality of the players.


"This year I don't look too much on points more on performances. This season we must make sure we stay in league and grow as team.


"We did it well on first half to play with ball at our feet. But second half yes it was not as good as that.


"I am very angry about not closing the game out in a better way."

5:30 PM

“The only thing that matters was the victory” - Deeney

First goalscorer Troy Deeney spoke to Sky just after the final whistle:


"Tom Cleverley has been top drawer, his energy and high press has been infectious.


"The only thing that matters was the victory. We started well, but they would argue the sending off changes the game. We were maybe a bit lax in the second half and let them back in.


"This week has been eventful and emotional with the Arsenal win and Graham Taylor's funeral.


"But all in all it's been a good week with back to back wins."

5:25 PM

The Fan View

4:55 PM

FULL-TIME: Watford 2-1 Burnley

It's over, after a few nervy moments late on the Hornets hold out for the win! 

First-half goals from Troy Deeney and M'Baye Niang gave the Golden Boys a comfortable lead after Jeff Hendrick was sent off early on. 

Ashley Barnes pulled one back from the spot to give the visitors a boost, but it wasn't enough for Sean Dyche's men who are leapfrogged by the Hornets into 10th place. A good week for the 'Orns!

4:51 PM - 90 MIN

Yellow card
Cathcart (foul)

4:47 PM - 90 MIN

Additional time

FOUR minutes added on.

4:44 PM - 87 MIN

A change each...

Sam Vokes replaces George Boyd for the visitors, and Daryl Janmaat is on for Mauro Zarate. 

4:38 PM

Barnes pulls one back

Barnes tucked his penalty away calmly after a penalty box scramble.


The Burnley striker had an overhead kick cleared off the line by Cathcart, out to the edge of the area where Barton tried his luck from distance, with the ball striking Prödl on the arm as it went towards goal.


The German defender may feel hard done by with his arm tucked in at his side, but we've seen them given before and we'll see them given again.

4:37 PM - 80 MIN


Watford FC




4:34 PM - 78 MIN



Watford FC Watford FC
2 - 1
Burnley Burnley
4:34 PM - 77 MIN

Yellow card
Prödl (Handball)

4:34 PM - 77 MIN

Penalty to Burnley

4:33 PM - 77 MIN

Substitution Burnley




4:30 PM - 72 MIN

One Graham Taylor

Loud chants of 'There's only one Graham Taylor' ring out in the 72nd minute to warm applause across Vicarage Road.

4:29 PM - 72 MIN

What a save!

Niang curls the ball to the back post, and Deeney puts it across Heaton who flings out a hand to save. The home fans were already off their seats. 

4:26 PM - 70 MIN

Not much to report

Burnley are really pressing here to try and find a way back into the game, but with ten men it's hard work for the Clarets.

4:20 PM


Capoue looks a little scared of this one, Deeney doesn't seem too bothered though!

4:19 PM - 65 MIN


Watford FC




4:14 PM - 57 MIN

Burnley fighting

The visitors going direct in their search for a way back into the game. Mee header saved by Gomes, and the Brazilian palms Ward's effort away from close range.

4:14 PM


Niang is causing all sorts of problems for Burnley this afternoon with his pace and trickery.

4:12 PM - 55 MIN

Substitution Burnley




4:02 PM - 46 MIN

We're back underway!

The second half kicks-off and the Golden Boys are 2-0 up. Come on you 'Orns!

3:59 PM


Mauro Zarate on his Watford debut

3:49 PM - 45 MIN

HALF-TIME: Watford 2-0 Burnley

Watford end the half two goals to the good against the ten men of Burnley thanks to two headers from Troy Deeney and M'Baye Niang respectively.


Burnley fans felt aggrieved but replays showed that Jeff Hendrick's two-footed challenge on Jose Holebas after six minutes more than merited the red card he recieved from Michael Oliver.


The Hornets' numerical advantage showed as Niang cut inside and crossed the ball to Deeney at the back post. It was too easy for the skipper as he nodded in from close range to beat Tom Heaton in the Burnley goal.


Niang and Deeney were again involved as the Frenchman showed signs of things two come after a one-two with Deeney yielded a curling effort on goal just tipped over by Heaton.


Mauro Zarate had two chances to score on his Hornets debut first with a volley and then with a curling effort just wide.


Niang though was able to mark his home debut by glancing a header into the bottom-right corner from a Jose Holebas cross, to send the Watford fans into rapture heading into the half-time break.

3:46 PM - 45 MIN

Niang scores!

Holebas curls it in from the left-hand side and Niang glances it across the despairing dive of Heaton. 2-0 and that's half-time. 

3:46 PM - 45 MIN



Watford FC Watford FC
2 - 0
Burnley Burnley
3:45 PM - 45 MIN

Additional time

Two minutes of time added on at the end of the first-half.

3:43 PM


Zarate goes in search of a goal on his debut for the Golden Boys.

3:42 PM - 42 MIN

So close!

Zarate jinks inside once, twice, and lets rip a shot that flies just past the post. Forestieri-esque that. 

3:37 PM - 38 MIN

Niang shoots

Niang drives from the left and manages to get a shot away under pressure, easy save in the end for Heaton. The Frenchman look confident on his home debut. 

3:33 PM - 33 MIN

Yellow card
Capoue (dissent)

3:33 PM - 33 MIN

Burnley chance

Debatable free-kick for the visitors after Behrami brushes into Boyd. Barton's effort palmed over the bar by Gomes. 

3:29 PM


Double act - these two have formed quite and understanding in a short space of time!

3:25 PM - 25 MIN

Mauro goes close

The ball falls for Zarate on the edge of the area but his volley, although well-struck, goes straight into the hand of Heaton in the Burnley goal.

3:22 PM - 22 MIN


Great interplay between Deeney and Niang, the latter then bending the ball for Heaton to tip over the bar. Top effort. 

3:20 PM - 20 MIN

Yellow card
Holebas (high foot)

3:15 PM


Deeney heads in to press home Watford's advantage after 10 minutes.

3:10 PM - 11 MIN


Niang whips a ball to the back post and Deeney heads it down to Heaton's right and in! Yes! 

3:10 PM - 10 MIN



Watford FC Watford FC
1 - 0
Burnley Burnley
3:06 PM - 6 MIN

Burnley down to 10


Hendrick is late with a swinging tackle on Holebas and Michael Oliver brandishes the red card. Sean Dyche is livid on the touchline but it was a poor challenge.

3:06 PM - 6 MIN

Red card
Hendrick (foul)

3:05 PM - 5 MIN

Yellow card
Niang (foul)

3:00 PM - 1 MIN

We're underway!

We're underway at Vicarage Road. Come on you 'Orns!

2:55 PM

Team reminder


2:48 PM


Watford players wore special T-shirts during their warm-ups in support of World Cancer Day and Cancer Research UK.

2:45 PM

Mazzarri speaks pre-match

Walter Mazzarri spoke to Sky Sports before kick-off:


"I hope the victory at Arsenal will give us the input today in what will be a very difficult game against Burnley.


"We have to be very careful as we know Burnley are a difficult team. They came very close in their last away match at Arsenal."


2:25 PM

Instagram Snapshot


#gameday #watford #watfordfc let's hope it's a #win again ??#football #premierleague #burnleyfc

A photo posted by Kellys Kitchen (@kellys_kitcheninspain) on

2:15 PM

Under-18s defeated

The Hornets' Under-18s fell to a narrow 1-0 defeat to Charlton this morning

2:15 PM

Line-up reaction

2:10 PM

“We showed as a team that we can perform under pressure” - Behrami

Watford's tough-tackling midfielder Valon Behrami spoke to Sky Sports ahead of kick-off:


"We had a few games without a win so it was important to go to Arsenal and show quality.


"The pressure is still there but we showed as a team that we can perform under pressure.


"Burnley are a very tough team and we know we will have to be at our best today."

2:05 PM

Mauro makes his debut!


Match day !!! Llego el día del debut ?????? @watfordfcofficial

A photo posted by Mauro Zarate ???? (@maurozarate20) on

2:00 PM


Walter Mazzarri makes two changes to the Watford team that beat Arsenal on Tuesday, as Burnley visit The Vic in the Premier League. 

Miguel Britos is only fit enough for the substitutes' bench, so Jose Holebas comes in after suspension at left-back.

Mauro Zarate makes his Golden Boys debut in place of Daryl Janmaat. Goalkeeper Giedrius Arlauskis is the Hornets' back-up stopper, with Costel Pantilimon injured.  

Sean Dyche makes one enforced change, the injured Steven Defour replaced by Scott Arfield in midfield. 

HORNETS: Gomes (GK); Cathcart, Prödl, Kaboul, Holebas; Cleverley, Behrami, Capoue; Niang, Zarate; Deeney (c). 
Subs: Arlauskis (GK), Britos, Success, Doucouré, Janmaat, Watson, Okaka.

CLARETS: Heaton (GK); Lowton, Keane, Mee, Ward; Arfield, Hendrick, Barton, Boyd; Barnes, Gray.
Subs: Robinson (GK), Flanagan, Vokes, Brady, Westwood, Gudmundsson, Tarkowski.

1:55 PM

Five minute warning!

Team news coming up in five minutes Hornets fans!

1:50 PM


1:45 PM

Instagram Snapshot

1:35 PM

World Cancer Day

The players will be wearing World Cancer Day T-shirts to show their support, and there will be staff around the ground selling Unity Bands and taking donations for Cancer Research UK.


1:25 PM

“We've got to get the crowd involved, that's our biggest asset” - Deeney

1:15 PM

Instagram Snapshot

It's never too late to start supporting the Hornets!



It's only taken 10 years but finally got my little sister to football??⚽️ #WatfordFC #sisters

A photo posted by Katy ?? (@katycoombs91) on

1:10 PM

The Fan View


12:55 PM

Can't be at the Vic Today?

You can still follow the game with our commentary via the 'listen live' button, available shortly before kick-off.

12:40 PM

Stat man

12:20 PM


New-signing Mauro Zarate is back in contention today after serving a suspension he picked up while still at his former club.

12:15 PM

Hornets Shop Sale

12:10 PM

Since I was young...

12:05 PM

Under-18s trail

Charlton are ahead at UCL as the young Golden Boys take on the Addicks. 0-1 at half-time.

12:00 PM

Man in the middle

Michael Oliver referees today's game against the Clarets


11:45 AM

Deeney on Dyche

11:35 AM

ICYMI: Mazzarri on Arsenal, Burnley & GT

11:25 AM

Don't forget

You can pick up your copy of The Hornet from one of our official programme sellers around Vicarage Road. 


11:15 AM

Then and Now

Spot the difference...


Sean Dyche played for and managed the Golden Boys before enjoying two promotions to the Premier League as manager with today's visitors from Lancashire.

11:10 AM

World Cancer Day

Today is World Cancer Day, and the Hornets will be wearing Cancer Research UK t-shirts in the warm-up to help beat cancer sooner.

Special unity wristbands will be available around Vicarage Road from volunteers, for a small donation to Cancer Research UK.

Wear your Unity Band and share your pics, or make a donation at: 

11:00 AM

Welcome back to The Vic!

It's matchday, the best day of the week! 

The Hornets are back at Vicarage Road as they look to build on Tuesday's win at Arsenal with a win over Burnley in the Premier League and we've got the whole day covered right here on matchday live.

Match commentary kicks off from around 2.30pm - give your browser a refresh then and click 'Listen Live' at the top of the page.