Watford - M'Baye
Niang scored one and set up another goal in an eye-catching performance
as Watford beat 10-man Burnley 2-1 on Saturday in their Premier League
Victory for the Hornets - for whom captain Troy Deeney scored their
opener - eased their worries of being dragged into a relegation battle
as a second successive win, having beaten Arsenal on Tuesday, sees them
10 points above the drop zone.
Burnley, who had Ireland international Jeff Hendrick sent off in the
6th minute, are nine points above the bottom three but have a measly one
point from a possible 33 on their travels this season.
Hendrick was sent off for a horror tackle on Jose Holebas.
Four minutes later and it went from bad to worse as French forward
Niang, on loan from AC Milan, set up Deeney who headed the ball home.
For 28-year-old Deeney it maintained his record of scoring on each
occasion he has encountered Burnley at Vicarage Road - netting in all
Deeney and Niang then linked up well exchanging a neat passing
movement between them but the 22-year-old Frenchman saw his shot well
saved by Tom Heaton.
Burnley were largely insipid save for one effort by veteran Joey Barton, whose shot was tipped over the bar by Heurelho Gomes.
Niang's class and silky skills shone and he was to get the goal his
performance deserved right at the end of the first-half gliding in to
send a glancing header past Heaton.
Burnley manager Sean Dyche waited until 15 minutes into the
second-half to introduce Hendrick's fellow Ireland international Robbie
Brady, their record signing from Norwich on transfer deadline day last
The visitors gave themselves a chance of gaining an improbable point
when Ashley Barnes converted a penalty - only Burnley's fifth away goal
of the campaign - awarded for handball against Sebastian Prodl 12
minutes from time.