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Match Report for Burnley 4-1 Watford

We got them back!

By The Match Report Team
December 22 2005

Well we owed them one didn't we? But did any of us expect 4-1? The second 4 goals for the Clarets in one game this season.............


Branch (32)
Harley (42)
Harley (77 Pen)
J O'Connor (79)
King (62)

Akinbiyi (39)
Dyer (45)

Foster (40)

12 Brian Jensen
6 Michael Duff
5 Frank Sinclair
4 John McGreal
21 Jon Harley
9 Graham Branch (87)
7 James O'Connor
8 Micah Hyde
18 Nathan Dyer (90)
19 John Spicer (67)
10 Ade Akinbiyi

23 Lee Grant
15 Gifton Noel-Williams (67)
11 Wade Elliott (90)
14 Garreth O'Connor
2 Wayne Thomas (87)
26 Ben Foster
12 Lloyd Doyley
5 Clarke Carlisle
4 Malky Mackay
3 Jordan Stewart
10 Paul Devlin
25 Matthew Spring
8 Gavin Mahon
2 James Chambers (45)
21 Toumani Diagouraga (45)
9 Marlon King

1 Alec Chamberlain
27 Joel Grant
28 Francino Francis
6 Jay DeMerit (45)
19 Anthony McNamee (45)

Referee: Eddie Ilderton
Asst. Referee: Richard Hewitt
Asst. Referee: Dave McCallum
Fourth Official: Allan Rawcliffe
Rating: 8/10
Rating: 5/10
Rating: 5/10
Rating: 9/10

Attendance: 13,815
Shots on Target
Shots off Target
Shots off Bar/Post
9 / 5
2 / 3
0 / 0
6 / 13
10 / 1
5 / 7

So a 3-0 defeat to second place Sheffield United last week. Once upon a time we ould have followed that with nerves and a defeat most likely! Not this time!

It is true that a nervous looking side came out for the First Half but it was noticable that this week we were "Up for it". We started string in the tackle, quick to close down and then quick to work the ball. The usual stray passes were there to be fair with many long balls missing Ade. BUT what on earth was the official doing on the Bob Lord side?! Unfortunately I can't work out which one he was, but he waited for Watford's defenders to appeal and would then decide it was offside. There is nothing funny about the ridiculous offside count in our statistics above. But let's get back to the important bit. When Graham Branch flew up the wing from the just inside their half and scored, how many of us thought he'd mucked it up! Ade was in the centr and unmarked, one defender in the middle not taking too much notice, PASS IT, no go on, no pass it, no go on, oh no too farrrr yesssssssssss. A lovely last second left foot and it's in. It was immediately noticable that we grew in confidence and started to take the game a bit more, working very hard. So on 40 minutes when the Watford keeper kicks the ball out, the most inept assistant referee I have ever seen, starts flapping! I have seen it on ITV and SS1 there was no way the ball was in his hands when he was over the line! But after what happened tp us at Vicerage Road earlier in the season, we deserved it. The usual four around the ball, Nathan steps over, two men split and Harley buries it in the bottom left of the net. 2-0 at half time can it get any better?

The Second Half got under way and YES it could get better! I thought, contrary to some reports, that we came out the much stronger side. We had much more of the ball and with our friendly asst ref doing it again, could have gone ahead a couple of times. But Marlon King is not where he is in the goal scoring charts for no reason, and when he collected the ball just out siede the are you knew what he was going to do. It could be said sinclair and mcgreal were caught off guard and that beast was slow getting down, but that's rubbish to be honest, it was a cracking goal. So the usual worry sets in and the next few moments don't help, but then we started to gain the advantage again. When Branch, yet again, chases a possible lost ball and beats Foster to it, the on loan keeper completely flapped and brought Di Branchio down. Ade would take another after Luton surely, but no Harley stepped up and doubled his clarets goal tally with a lovely penalty sending Foster the wrong way. Ok ready for whistle now, ok then tell you what why don't we put James through and let him score a lovely fourth!

Well a superb result for the Clarets. Watford, although slipping in form of late, are not third for no reason just as we are not joint sixth for no reason! With Wolves doing the business against Leeds, we are now only 4 points from 3rd and 4th. Christmas is here and points mean prizes, another home game on Boxing Day and then on our travels.

Rumours are starting regards the forthcoming transfer window, and we have to belive that if we are still up and about by then that Barry will release something from somewhere. This is starting to feel like a good season to save for play off tickets!


Steve Cotterill
"I thought the lads thoroughly deserved their win today, it was very pleasing on the back of last week, because we felt we needed to put a performance in today and we felt that a performance would get us a result. We also felt that down there when we got beat by 3-1 we needed to put something right because at 2-1 there we felt we should have gone on and won the game. We're four points off third place and we're delighted with that. We've now got a big home game to look forward to on Boxing Day. I'm pleased for the lads. They're going out tonight for their Christmas do and that will certainly make it a decent night for them."

Speaking of Wayne Thomas' remarkable return "We're delighted with that, but we didn't want to give him too long because we don't know how long he's got in him at the moment," he explained. When he came on he got an important header in at the back and played a good ball down the line that we retained, all in seven minutes which was excellent for him."

Adrian Boothroyd
"We've got no complaints about the result today. We must take responsibility for this afternoon's performance - as a collective, of course. We've got credit for winning five games in a row then going 10 matches without defeat so, by the same token, we have to accept the criticism when things don't turn out as we'd like. I said if we kept a clean sheet here today we'd win the game and, strange as it sounds, it's simply a case of four individual errors that have prevented us from doing that today. I really hope this game is a one-off for defensive errors, one we can put behind us and not ever see repeated."

Note from Tranzic, "I can't put anymore as I have never heard such a biased and totally inaccurate opinion of the game!"

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