GO­ING UP? WHO KNOWS SAYS DY­CHE!

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Andrew Brook To com­ment on this match go to http://boards.footy­mad.net/

BURN­LEY man­ager Sean Dy­che con­grat­u­lated Le­ices­ter on their pro­mo­tion but, de­spite Scott Ar­field’s late equaliser at Wat­ford, he re­mains cau­tious about his side’s prospects of join­ing them.

De­feats for QPR and Derby leave Burn­ley need­ing eight points from six games for pro­mo­tion, so win­ning their re­main­ing home games – where they have lost once all sea­son – will suf­fice.

Troy Deeney’s long-range goal put them be­hind early on, and with­out 46-goal strike duo Sam Vokes and Danny Ings the Clarets strug­gled to break Wat­ford down un­til Ar­field’s late strike.

Dy­che said:“Le­ices­ter got pro­mo­tion weeks ago. Un­less there was an ab­so­lute sta­tis­ti­cal anom­aly they got it weeks ago and they de­serve it.

“We’ve been get­ting two points a game and I’m very proud of that, but to have achieved what Le­ices­ter have achieved is fan­tas­tic.

“We’ve put our­selves in a very good po­si­tion, but we wake up to­mor­row morn­ing al­ready think­ing about the next game.We can only take care of what we do.

“Af­ter they scored they sat off us and it was dif­fi­cult to break them down.We kept prob­ing, we kept play­ing, and we’ve nicked an­other valu­able point. It was the min­i­mum we de­served.

“Vokes is out for the sea­son, but I think sooner or later that Ings will be back. He’s mov­ing freely, he’s on the grass and he has a great will to be back in­volved.”

Be­fore kick-off Wat­ford pre­sented their fans with the op­tions for their goal of the sea­son com­pe­ti­tion, but the video ed­i­tors have an­other en­try to hastily add now.

Deeney con­trolled a long pass on his chest 30 yards out with his back to goal, be­fore vol­ley­ing over Tom Heaton on the turn in one swift move­ment.

En­cour­aged Deeney and Lewis McGugan chanced fur­ther longdis­tance shots, but both fell nar­rowly wide with long shots was as much as ei­ther side could muster with de­fences dom­i­nant in the fi­nal third. Ash­ley Barnes was twice in great po­si­tions for the Clarets and found the net from one, but both were marginally off­side.

Wat­ford’s usual main at­tack­ing out­lets – their wing backs – were qui­etened by Daniel Pudil’s sub­dued show­ing and Dy­che’s early tac­ti­cal switch to move Ar­field onto Ikechi Anya.

As the sec­ond-half

pro- gressed, de­spite Dy­che’s protes­ta­tions, it seemed the Hor­nets were like­li­est to add a sec­ond. Chris Baird turned Anya’s cross wide, as Lewis McGugan queued to score. The North­ern Ire­land­in­ter­na­tional then cleared Anya’s scuffed shot off the line, af­ter the wing back-turned-striker had rounded Heaton.

But, af­ter Ben Mee had seen Burn­ley’s hitherto best chance pushed wide by Manuel Al­mu­nia, Ar­field wrig­gled free on the edge of the box and poked his shot into the Spa­niard’s bot­tom cor­ner to eke the Clarets a point nearer to pro­mo­tion.

Wat­ford head coach Beppe San­nino said: “In my opin­ion maybe we should have won.This game per­fectly re­flects Wat­ford’s sea­son, be­cause in the last ten min­utes we al­most threw away ev­ery­thing that we had done be­fore in the game.

“When we had the chance to kill the game we should have scored, and then we could have a smile on our faces when talk­ing about the game this evening.

“Con­sid­er­ing the team that we were fac­ing, I'm very pleased about the per­for­mance. I counted 12 chances to score, in­clud­ing the goal.

“If you see Burn­ley’s cel­e­bra­tions you can see how they were bat­tling for this goal and how happy they were be­cause maybe they didn’t imag­ine they would equalise.”

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Im­ages

LEV­ELLER: Scott Ar­field cel­e­brates his late goal. In­set: Troy Deeney’s shot hits the back of the net

LEWIS McGUGAN

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