Saturday 21 January 2017

Hendrick on the mark as Burnley 'bully' Watford

Rory Dollard

Published 27/09/2016 | 02:30

Jeff Hendrick of Burnley celebrates with team-mates after he scores his side's first goal against Watford (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Jeff Hendrick of Burnley celebrates with team-mates after he scores his side's first goal against Watford (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Jeff Hendrick and Michael Keane scored their first Premier League goals as Burnley brushed aside a ragged Watford at Turf Moor.

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Hendrick, the club's £10.5m record signing in the summer, nodded home Steven Defour's 38th-minute corner, and the Belgian bagged a second assist when Keane rose to head a second shortly after half-time.

Hendrick only managed two goals in 47 appearances for club and country last season but the Republic of Ireland midfielder has now matched that mark in September, having opened his international account against Serbia and kicked off his Premier League tally here.

Defour has now scored one and set up three of Burnley's five goals this season, and here provided the kind of spark that was visibly lacking from the visitors, who suffered a sharp comedown having turned over Manchester United last time out.

For the Clarets it was a welcome second win of the campaign, following their surprise defeat of Liverpool, while the visitors may wish to write off their visit to Lancashire as a bad road trip.

They were passengers in the first period, allowing Burnley's industrious midfield to over-run them and, afterwards, Watford captain Troy Deeney admitted his team had been "bullied".

"I have to watch my words so I don't get in trouble," Deeney said. "We got bullied, that's the best way to describe it. We got bullied all over the pitch to a man.

"Fair play to Burnley. They had a game-plan, stuck to it and delivered.

"I'm very disappointed. We've had the highs of the last couple of weeks and if you don't match those high standards, people have every right to ask questions."

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