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 Saturday, 30 November, 2002, 17:46 GMT
Watford 2-1 Burnley

Goals in either half from Heidar Helguson and Tommy Smith sunk 10-man Burnley.

Helguson headed Watford into a 40th-minute lead against the run of play and Smith made it two from the spot after Mark McGregor was dismissed in the second period.

The Hornets' first win in five First Division matches did not look on the cards as Burnley, who pulled a goal back through Gareth Taylor, bossed the first half.

The visitors fell behind when Jermaine Pennant, on loan from Arsenal, swung in a cross and Helguson glanced home his sixth league goal of the season.

It was Stan Ternent's Burnley, neat and inventive, who had looked the more likely to score.

On 15 minutes Robbie Blake flicked on for Tony Grant to volley straight at Alec Chamberlain.

The lively Glen Little then teed up Alan Moore, whose cross-shot from the left drifted past the far post.

And the visitors should have scored on 20 minutes but Alan Moore's final ball was just inches away from Ian Moore's lunge.

Brilliant defending

Burnley forced seven corners and centre-back McGregor might have done better with a free header that flashed wide.

Pennant then failed to connect with a header midway through the half and fired wide on the stroke of half-time after a mazy run.

Watford had two good chances after the break, but were indebted to captain Neil Cox for a brilliant piece of defending to prevent an equaliser.

He blocked a Taylor shot with his chest on the line and then swivelled to scissor-kick the ball over the bar with Arthur Gnohere closing in.

Watford doubled their advantage 20 minutes from time as Burnley were reduced to 10 men.

Referee Ray Olivier awarded a spot-kick when McGregor tangled with Smith, sending off the centre-back.

Smith picked himself up and sent Beresford the wrong way from 12 yards.

Burnley scored five minutes later when sub Dimitrios Papadopoulos looped a header over keeper Alec Chamberlain and Taylor dived forward to nod in the loose ball.


Watford: Chamberlain, Doyley, Cox, Gayle, Robinson, Ardley, Hyde, Hand, Pennant, Tommy Smith, Helguson. Subs: Glass, Mahon, McNamee, Foley, Lee.

Burnley: Beresford, West, McGregor, Gnohere, Branch, Little, Weller, Grant, Alan Moore, Ian Moore, Blake. Subs: Davis, Taylor, Cox, Maylett, Papadopoulos.

Referee: R Olivier (Sutton Coldfield).

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