Defour shines again as Burnley beats Watford 2-0

In Steven Defour, Hendrick, Dean Marney, George Boyd and Johann Berg Gudmundsson, however, their midfield was packed with composure and industry and they over-ran Walter Mazzarri's side throughout the first half.

Five of the last six league meetings have been drawn, including the last four.

Gray released a public apology after the match.

Jeff Hendrick and Michael Keane scored their first Premier League goals as Burnley beat Watford 2-0 to taste victory for the first time in four top-flight outings.

Dyche noted many of Gray's abusive tweets were sent in 2012, while he was playing for non-League side Hinckley Town, as he defended his player.

"We had a big knock this week with Andre", he said.

"But we've had a real solid start to this season".

Critically they had been the division's lowest scorers with just three goals from the opening five games and for a while it looked as though that statistic would trouble them again. "It's a hard away game and not an easy away match".

"I felt we added to that tonight by getting into wider areas quicker and some of the deliveries were excellent".

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The victory over Dyche's former club might not attract the headlines that the win over Liverpool did, but it was easily Burnley's most complete performance of the season so far.

"We went in knowing what we had to do".

Watford will still be on cloud nine after their stunning 3-1 over United last weekend, they'll be relishing this game and will feel like they can take on anyone at the moment.

But he and the Hornets came crashing down with a bump on their trip to Lancashire and he highlighted the Clarets' physicality as a decisive factor.

"The game was on TV so I'm sure someone would have been watching anyway but it was good to get a goal in front of people like Roy", he said. We got bullied all over the pitch to a man.

Keane, who was briefly a Manchester United player, has been watched by England this season, and England's shortage of options at centre-back has seen the Burnley man linked with a first call-up. They had a game plan, stuck to it and delivered.

The advantage Burnley have is that they posses a talented young manager who is keen to learn and keen to succeed with the football club.

"We played right into their hands, I don't know what more to say, we got bullied".

"It was not good enough".

  • Lawrence Cooper