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Burnley have beaten Watford 1-0 at Turf Moor but visiting manager Marco Silva was far from happy with the result and the performance of referee Lee Probert who sent off Marvin Zeegelaar.

He said after seeing his team fail to score for the first time on the road this season: “We knew before the match what type of game it would be. Burnley are strong here and strong with the first and second ball.

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“We prepared well and we started very well, with quality, with a good attitude. In the first twenty minutes we had a chance with Richarlison and Troy (Deeney) and after the biggest chance until that moment with Richarlison.

“Of course Burnley react which is normal and until the red card the game is really balanced. And after came the decision which had a big influence on the rest of the game. It was a harsh, harsh decision, I don’t think it’s fair in that moment, and after they scored.

“Even with ten players we reacted and we create some chances to equalise. I didn’t see one minute of the second half where Burnley had the game under control. We kept the result open and our boys worked really hard and their attitude was fantastic again and we believed until the end. I think the result is not fair for us and the decision of the referee as well.”

Furious with the decision to send off his player, he sought referee Probert after the game. “HE didn’t want to say anything to me, he didn’t want to speak to me, I don’t know why,” Silva said. “In that moment when Marvin touched the ball I didn’t see Defour with the ball in his feet. It’s a different situation if Defour has the ball in his feet and Marvin makes that type of challenge. Defour in that moment didn’t have the ball at his feet.”

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Sean Dyche was delighted to see Burnley pick up another three points, and particularly so with the performances of Scott Arfield and Kevin Long who came in for the injured Robbie Brady and Ben Mee.

“Scott works ever so hard for the team and sometimes it’s that old favourite that familiarity breeds a bit of contempt and it shouldn’t do because again he has popped up with a fine goal,” a happy Burnley manager said. “He grew into the game, especially in the second half, as did Kevin Long, who also did well because it’s not easy sometimes to be dropped in.

“The pride I have in the people who are not playing here is immense. When you are playing well and the team is playing well, things look after themselves in a sense, but if you are on the edge of it, it’s sometimes difficult. But the way these lads work with the staff during the week, I marvel at, and it happened again today.”

Accepting that Watford started the game well, he added: “Overall, it’s about raising the minimum. If you are having a quiet day, can you keep doing the right things, and I felt we did in the first fifteen or twenty minutes today because they played well.

“It was a tough game with two sides that are going well this season. They changed their shape today, which we thought they might do, so I am just really pleased overall.

“They started the better, but their keeper had made a great save when the red card came, and I thought it was a definite red, and overall we saw the game out well and got a fully deserved victory.

“The main thing for me is that we can see the group is moving forwards. Obviously, eventually you are judged on the league table, but it’s fantastic for the area and the fans. Our professionalism tells me we have to keep working hard for everything we get.”

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