Burnley v Watford

Burnley 1 v 0 Watford (Premier League)

Sean Dyche welcomes his former club Watford to Turf Moor this afternoon as the Clarets look to get back to winning way’s following their defeat Leicester City last week.  Burnley had been forced into two changes with Scott Arfield and Kevin Long replacing Ben Mee and Robbie Brady in the starting line-up due to injury.


The visitors started the stronger of the two sides as a Tom Cleverley’s corner was flicked on at the front post after by Roberto Pereyra, the ball went through a crowd of players before arriving at Deeney, Richarlison and Maariappa however all three players got in each others way and saw the call go wide of Nick Pope’s post.

Burnley came to life after ten minutes, when an excellent ball from Jeff Hendrick found Chris Wood on the right-hand side of the Watford area, his right-footed shot was saved by  Gomes down at his left-hand post. On eighteen minutes, Johann Berg Gudmundsson hit a left-footed shot from outside the box saved by Gomes in the bottom right corner.


The Clarets then had two efforts in two minutes, the first fell to Gudmudsson who hit a left-footed free-kick from outside the box which was well saved by Gomes in the Watford goal down to his right.  The second was a left-footed shot from outside the box by Chris Wood, following an assist by Ward which was saved by Gomes in the centre of the goal.

On twenty-three minutes, following an excellent cross by Roberto Pereyra the ball arrived at Christian Kabasele but his left-footed shot from the centre of the box went wide of Nick Pope’s left-hand post.

The major turning point arrived on thirty-nine minutes, as  Marvin Zeegelaar was shown a straight red card for a two-footed challenge on Steven Defour by referee Lee Probert, the Watford manager Marco Silva was not impressed with the decision.

red card

Just before the interval, José Holebas hit a left-footed shot from a difficult angle on the left which went very close and just wide of Nick Pope’s left-hand post.

The Clarets took the lead in the final minute, when Johann Gudmundsson found Scott Arfield who hit a left-footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner, to give the home side a 1-0 half-time lead.


The visitors started the second half much the same as they did in the first half, as they dominated the first ten minutes.  On fifty-two minutes, Doucouré right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left-hand side of Nick Pope’s goal.

Watford then went close twice in just two minutes, the first effort fell to Daryl Janmaat who hit a right-footed shot from outside the Clarets box which went wide of Nick Pope’s goal.  Then seconds later, Tom Cleverley struck a left-footed shot from outside the box which went high and wide.


On seventy minutes, former Claret Andre Gray came off the bench for Watford as the visitors went looking for equaliser.  However he had very little impact in the game as his old team mates marked him out of the game.

Referee Probert had another big decision to make on seventy-one minutes, as Ashley Barnes slotted the ball passed Gomes in the Watford goal only to see the goal be dis-allowed by the officials for off-side, however a replay of the incident clearly shows that Barnes was on side and the goal should have stood.


The visitors final effort came on eighty minutes, when a Tom Cleverley corner was met by Daryl Janmaat but his header from six yards went just over Nick Pope’s crossbar.  Phil Bardsley then picked up a yellow card in the final minute, after he clattered Richarlison on the left-wing to break up a move and leave the full-time score 1-0 to the Clarets.

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Speaking after the match Burnley manager Sean Dyche said, “I’m really pleased with the result, Watford had a very strong start to the season and we knew they’re a strong side. We started slowly but overall delivered a strong performance.

Marvin Zeegelaar was definitely a red card, I thought so at the time and I’ve seen it back afterwards and it’s a poor challenge. But it’s strange when the opposition go a man down because you’re then in a fight where everyone expects you to win, overall it’s another big three points for us.

The marvel of our squad is that we have players such as Kevin Long and Scott Arfield who can come into the team out of the blue and deliver an excellent performance.”

Match Details

Burnley – Pope, Bardsley, Tarkowski, Long, Ward, Cork, Defour, Arfield, Hendrick, Gudmundsson, Wood (Subs) Lindegaard, Taylor, Ulvestad, Westwood, Vokes, Barnes, Wells

Watford – Gomes, Janmaat, Mariappa, Kabasele, Zeegelaar, Cleverley, Doucoure; Carrillo, Pereyra, Richarlison; Deeney (Subs) Karnezis, Prodl, Holebas, Capoue, Watson, Success, Gray.

Goals(Burnley) Arfield (45)

Attendance – 19,479

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England Manager Keen On Clarets

James Tarkowski and Ben Mee Considered For England

England manager Gareth Southgate is considering England call-ups for both Clarets centre backs Ben Mee and James Tarkowski, the pair have been central to the club’s outstanding start to the season. Jack Cork was given a first England cap in last month’s international against Germany at Wembley and his team-mates are also in the frame as Southgate ponders his World Cup squad.


Jack Cork was given a first England cap in last month’s international against Germany at Wembley and his team-mates are also in the frame as Southgate ponders his World Cup squad. Gareth Southgate has given debuts to Harry Maguire & Joe Gomez at centre back this season and is keen to look at the Burnley duo.  Only the Manchester clubs have a better defensive record than Sean Dyche’s side in the Premier League this season, with Mee and Tarkowski ever-present.

Gareth Southgate’s desire to look at new centre halves is likely to be bad news for Chris Smalling who has been dropped from the England squad, Gary Cahill who is clinging on to his place ahead of the World Cup.

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Clarets Midfielder Out For Season

Robbie Brady Ruled Out Fot the Season

Burnley Football Club have this morning confirmed that midfielder Robbie Brady has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a serious knee injury.  A scan shows that the Irish International sustained a tendon tear to his left knee when falling awkwardly in Burnley’s Premier League match against Leicester City last Saturday.


Such a serious injury, which can involve the tendon detaching from the kneecap, typically sidelines a player for between four and six months, thereby making it a long shot for any game-time this season. Burnley boss Sean Dyche, who had expressed his fear on the gravity the injury after the game, will provide more details on a recovery time-scale today.

Brady, who became the clubs record £13m signing from Norwich City last January has been in excellent form in recent weeks, with a goal and an assist against Bournemouth will be missed as his dead ball delivery, shooting ability and versatility, was identified by the Burnley manager Sean Dyche as a vital cog in Clarets push up the Premier League.


His Burnley and Ireland team mate Stephen Ward has acknowledged that Robbie Brady’s absence “will be a massive loss” for the Turf Moor club. However from an international perspective, the Dubliner will definitely miss Ireland’s pair of friendlies pencilled in for March and is a major doubt for the summer dates. The FAI have a number of options for friendlies in May and June, including interest from the United States and Australia. There is no fear for now, however, that Brady won’t return in time for the UEFA Nations League kicking off next September.

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Clarets Chasing Real Madrid Legend

Premier League Burnley Chasing Iker Casillas

Burnley Football Club are reportedly trying to sign legendary goalkeeper Iker Casillas from Porto. Spanish newspaper AS claims the former Real Madrid icon will be sold in January as Porto look to avoid Financial Fair Play penalties.


The Portuguese giants are apparently running the risk of being sanctioned by UEFA and Porto will now look to offload some of their biggest earners as a result, starting with £4.5million-a-year Casillas. The keeper is in his third year with the club but has yet to taste any silverware following an incredible 16 years between the sticks for Real Madrid.

Casillas has been dropped to the bench for Porto’s last two matches and it’s reckoned that boss Sergio Conceicao is trying to tell the veteran that there’s no room in the budget for his big wages. Casillas remains one of the most influential keepers in history helping Real  Madrid win five La Liga titles as well as three Champions Leagues.

Casillas is also the most capped player in Spain’s history having won the World Cup plus two European Championships with the national side.  Casillas may be looking to finish his career in the Premier League.

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Leicester City v Burnley

Leicester City 1 v 0 Burnley (Premier League)

Burnley arrived at the King Power Stadium unchanged from their midweek win on the south coast at Bournemouth, as they chase their fourth win in six Premier League games.


The home side took the lead with the first move of the match as Riyad Mahrez puts in an excellent cross, which Nick Pope could only push the ball into the path of Demarai Gray who running at pace, slots the ball passed Nick Pope, before smashes into the post which left him down for a few minutes.

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The goal seemed to bring the visitors to life and on eleven minutes the Clarets got the first corner of the match which was aimed at Ben Mee. Kasper Schmeichel came running out to catch but he sort of flapped at the ball and then fell down and the ball went over everyone in the area and out for a goal kick.

On fourteen minutes, Jeff Hendrick beats everyone on the right-wing before putting a low cross into the box, some sloppy Leicester defending let in Chris Wood but Kasper Schmeichel does enough to prevent him from scoring.


Just two minutes later, the Clarets went close again from another corner as James Tarkowski but is header from the edge of the six yard box went just wide of the post.

Johann Gudmundsson was next to test the Leicester goalkeeper, when he collected the ball just outside the area before taking a shot at goal which Schmeichel pushed away to safety.

On twenty-nine minutes, Robbie Brady tried to dance through the Leicester defence but Harry Maguire puts in a superb clearance, however Brady followed through with a nasty challenge and came off worse, Brady was stretchered off and went straight to hospital.


The game really slowed down after Brady’s injury, however Chris Wood made a run in behind but he was flagged offside as the striker went one on one with Schmeichle.

On forty-three minutes, Riyad Mahrez drives through the middle and he’s given far too much space by the Burnley defence, Mahrez had an excellent strike at goal but it went straight at Nick Pope to leave the half-time score 1-0.

Leicester City started the stronger of the two sides and had their first attack after just four minutes, when Riyad Mahrez had options left and right but made the decision to drive through the middle, only to see James Tarkowski block his effort.


Marc Albrighton goes free in the box and drags the ball back to Gray. It’s lovely link-up play but Phil Bardsley slides in and produces an excellent tackle. Then on fifty-seven minutes, Albrighton gets away on the left and Bardsley slides in, taking his legs out. The free-kick is then whipped into the box but it’s palmed away for a corner by keeper Pope.

On the hour mark, Jamie Vardy lashed at the ball in the box but doesn’t connect properly, which confused the Burnley defenders and the ball fell to Wes Morgan five yards out, but as he went to poke it home Clarets keeper Nick Pope got a hand to it and Burnley cleared the ball.


On seventy minutes, Marc Albrighton makes another darting run into the Clarets box, then creates a yard of space for himself and smashes a shot towards the near post, which Nick Pope saved.

In the final ten minutes, Jamie Vardy who is hoping to create history by scoring his 50th Premier League goal for Leicester City, tries to flick the ball past Nick Pope but the Clarets keeper reacts well.

Mahrez is looking to add a second in the final minute of injury time his strike is on target but Nick Pope gets down well to make the block before Mahrez then whips it wide, to leave the full time score 1-0.


Speaking after the match manager Sean Dyche said, “They’re in good form and it was a poor goal from our point of view. In the second half it’s a bit more like a basketball match and they defend and counter.

At the end we have a chance to nick one with Ashley Barnes but we din’t get the rub of the green. We like the fact we are keeping games tight that’s an important theme for me. I’ve said to the players that we are progressing.

Robbie Brady has been taken to hospital and we are waiting on news, but we think it’s more serious than not serious. We’ll just have to wait and see.”

Match Details

Leicester City – Schmeichle, Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell, Mahrez, Ndidi, Iborra, Albringhton, Gray, Vardy (Subs) Iheanacho, King, Hamer, Dragovic, Okazaki, Ulloa Fuchs

Burnley – Pope, Bardsley, Mee, Tarkowski, Ward, Cork, Brady, Gudmundsson, Defour, Hendrick, Wood (Subs) Lindegaard, Taylor, Vokes, Barnes, Westwood, Arfield, Long

Goals (Leicester City) Gray (6)

Attendance – 30, 714

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Australia v England

Australia 6 v 0 England (Rugby League World Cup Final)

Australia just edged out England in a tight and nervy Rugby League World Cup final to retain the trophy at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.  England produced a dogged and resilient performance in their first final for 22 years, but the Kangaroos held on to win an 11th world title.

Boyd Cordner smashed through for the only try of the game as England restricted Australia to six points. They had chances of their own, but could not breach the hosts’ defence. There was no moment that summed this up more than a desperate but brilliant ankle tap by Josh Dugan on Kallum Watkins in the second half after the England centre had broken through.


England’s Kallum Watkins was denied by an ankle tap from Australia’s Josh Dugan
It was a monumental effort from England against a team who came into the game as overwhelming favourites.  Having lost to Australia 18-4 in their opening game, Wayne Bennett’s side both improved and impressed during the World Cup, holding off Tonga 20-18 for a memorable semi-final win before this thrilling final.

Australia’s victory, though, completed a World Cup double for the country, with the women’s team having beaten New Zealand 23-16 earlier.  England were forced to soak up wave after wave of Australian attacks in the first half as the Kangaroos built relentless pressure, completing 23 of 25 sets before the break.

Only a five-minute spell of in discipline cost Bennett’s side, a high tackle from Luke Gale starting a spell in which Australia enjoyed four straight sets.  Watkins fumbled a Cooper Cronk kick over his own line and Ryan Hall caught another as England were forced into back-to-back in-goal dropouts, before James Roby was pulled up for another penalty.

From there, Australia made them pay. Aaron Woods drew in several tackles but managed to get an offload away and the Kangaroos capitalised as back-rower Cordner hit the line at speed to crash over.

Michael Morgan thought he had added to Australia’s lead after the interval when Dugan caught Gale’s cross-field kick beyond his own touch-line and broke clear to set the field position, before Jordan McLean put Morgan over.  But referee Gerard Sutton called it back for an obstruction by Cameron Smith, and from then on England looked the more likely to cross.

Jermaine McGillvary was superb on England’s right but the dangerous Huddersfield winger could not find the gaps to add to his seven tries in the tournament, while the Watkins ankle tap was arguably the game’s most dramatic moment. England assistant coach Denis Betts said in the build-up to the game that “nobody ever remembers the losers” – but the man who captained the team in their last World Cup final defeat may change his mind after a mammoth effort.


The bookmakers had the Kangaroos as 1-7 favourites, but there was certainly not that margin between the teams as England produced a solid defensive display and Australia looked to be out on their feet come the final whistle.  Many did not expect England to reach this stage – but, having reached the final, Bennett’s team gave a great account of themselves.

Gareth Widdop caused problems as he joined the line from full-back, as well as reading Australia’s kicking game and positioning himself superbly in defence, while captain Sam Burgess, along with James Graham, led a ferocious forward pack in the absence of experienced skipper Sean O’Loughlin.

It may have been a different story but for that Dugan ankle tap on Watkins, and had England’s execution been better at key moments, McGillvary spilling in a good position in the first half and Gale passing behind John Bateman in the second.

It might not be an Australia side to rival some of their greatest over the years, but there can be no arguing the Kangaroos are deserved world champions having won six games from six and conceded just 16 points.

It is also a side that has witnessed legends such as Cronk, Smith and Billy Slater, the latter two of whom played in the side stunned by New Zealand in the 2008 final in Brisbane.

Kangaroos captain Smith, who won the 2017 NRL Grand Final and State of Origin for Queensland alongside Slater and Cronk, said this was “one of the toughest games I have played in my career.  The three of us have had a remarkable year for club, state and country. If this is the last time we get to play together what a special memory to have.”

Match Details

Australia – Slater, Gage, Chambers, Dugan, Holmes, Morgan, Cronk, Woods, Smith, Klemmer, Cordner, Gillett, McGuire Interchanges Graham, McLean, Campbell-Gillard, Frizell.

England – Widdop, McGillvary, Watkins, Bateman, Hall, Brown, Gale, Hill, Roby, Graham, Currie, Whitehead, S.Burgess Interchanges Walmsley, T.Burgess, Heighington, Lomax.

Try(Australia) Cordner

Goals – (Australia) Smith

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Former City Manager Joins Oldham Staff

Paul Jewell Appointed Oldham Athletic Assistant Manager

Former Bradford City manager Paul Jewell is back in football after joining League One strugglers Oldham Athletic as assistant manager. The man who took City to the Premier League and then kept them there will lend his vast experience to new Oldham manager Richie Wellens.


Jewell, who managed Bradford City, Wigan, Ipswich, Derby and Sheffield Wednesday, has been out of football since 2012, be was seen recently at Nethermoor Park as Guiseley AFC faced Accrington Stanley in the first round of the FA Cup.

Speaking about the appointment Paul Jewell said, “I’ve not had my eyes closed, I’ve been watching games and a role like this is something I think I can fulfil. I don’t want to be the manager and Richie is new to the job. I was 33 when I got my first job and you are never ready for management, I thought I was but you have no idea what it entails.

I’m only here to do what he wants me to do, all managers have to make mistakes to learn from them but there are some that are avoidable. We lose too many good managers early because they haven’t got enough help around them.  One thing which is certain, he’s the boss, not me.”

One of Paul Jewell tasks as the new assistant manager of Oldham Athletic will be to bring the Latic’s squad alongside Richie Wellens back at Valley Parade on Tuesday next week to face City in the Checkatrade Trophy.

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