Burnley thrash Watford
By Richard Scott. Last Updated: December 17, 2005 6:00pm
Burnley thrashed Watford 4-1 at Turf Moor to record their fifth straight home win. The Clarets move up to eighth and are only outside the play-off places on goal difference.
Watford, who failed to close the gap on Sheffield United, started the better team and had a couple of early efforts through Marlon King and James Chambers.
Brian Jensen in the Burnley goal then produced a good save after a fine curling effort from Matthew Spring, as they continued to look the most likely to score.
Burnley went ahead against the run of play on 33 minutes with their first chance of the game through Graham Branch. Clarke Carlisle misjudged a long ball from the back and Branch fired low into the far corner after cutting into the box from the touchline.
Jon Harley then registered his first goal for the club to give Burnley a 2-0 lead three minutes before half time. The former Sheffield United full back fired home a free kick from the edge of the box, after Ben Foster in the Watford goal was deemed to have handled just outside the box.
Hornets manager Adrian Boothroyd threw on Jay DeMerit and Anthony McNamee at the interval in an effort to get back into the game.
King got Watford back into the game on 63 minutes after his low shot found the back of the net from outside the box.
Watford pushed for the equaliser and Jensen was forced to pull off a fine double save from Spring's header and King's follow-up.
Burnley got a third goal though to kill off the game with 14 minutes to go. Harley struck his second of the game from the penalty spot, after Foster had brought down Branch.
James O'Connor added a fourth two minutes later to put the icing on the cake for Burnley.
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Leicester1 - 1Crewe
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