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Burnley fell to a fourth successive 2-1 defeat at Watford. fighting back in the second half after an early red card and two first half goals for the home side.

Watford boss Walter Mazzarri had differing views on his team’s performance in the first and second half. He said after the game: “I’m very happy of course because we won. I’m happy with how we played in the first half but I’m not happy at all about the second.

“This is why when I saw we have to grow as a team, grow as a mentality, it’s because the big teams manage to close the game as we should have done. We should have scored three or four goals and we didn’t do it, and we risked losing the three points for immature mistakes, as I like to call them, that could have changed the end of the game.

“The only excuse that I can find is that we played a few days ago a very important game at Arsenal and we spent a lot in terms of condition. And we also have many players coming back from injury so we are still trying to find the perfect condition, but we should have scored the third goal. We had many clear chances.”

He added: “Before the game I told my players that now the transfer market is finished, you are the team that is going to be until the end of the season and you always have to go with the same spirit that we did against Arsenal. All of the games we have to go the same way on the pitch and think about it game by game and do the best we can until the end.”

Burnley boss Sean Dyche, who gave both Robbie Brady and Ashley Westwood debuts as substitutes, couldn’t hide his pride for the players after a battle with ten men came close to landing us a first away point since we drew 0-0 at Manchester United.

He said: “The early sending off affects the game radically, but today I thought we were absolutely fantastic. To take a knock so early, as we did by losing Jeff, then play for that amount of time away from home with ten men, particularly in the second half, and show that will and desire to go and win a game was absolutely outstanding.

“I totally appreciate the crowd’s part in that today because they were right behind the team, and it’s fantastic to hear them and see their team absolutely every ounce of effort. That was massively on show today.

“We took the game on an had a clear view of trying to win it, even at 2-0 down, and had a couple of golden chances at the end when we could have taken something. In the end it could have been one of those great stories, but unfortunately not.

“However, if we keep going about our business as we are, then we’ll be fine, I’m sure.”

Asked about the red car which saw Jeff Hendrick sent off in only the sixth minute, he said: “It’s a tough one, but I can see why the ref had to give it. I don’t think there’s a lot of actual contact, but Jeff’s foot connects with the top of the ball and his leg goes over the top, and we know most times, nowadays, that’s going to be a sending off. It’s not a vicious one though.”

Dyche’s only complaint about the referee centred on the celebrations from the home players after their second goal. Of that he said: “I was only asking why M’Baye Niang wasn’t sent off. He had been booked earlier, then ran into their crowd to celebrate his goal, and you’re not allowed to do that.”

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