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Unbelievable Jeff! Hendrick scores first Premier League goal as Burnley beat Watford

Ireland international heads Burnley’s opener in 2-0 win.

Heads up: Ireland international Hendrick celebrates his first goal.
Heads up: Ireland international Hendrick celebrates his first goal.
Image: Richard Sellers

Burnley 2-0 Watford

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.

Watford headed into the match with a devilishly tough opening set of fixtures behind them and buoyed by rousing successes over West Ham and Manchester United.

But they turned in a pedestrian effort at Turf Moor and had spent much of the contest on the retreat by the time Ireland midfielder Jeff Hendrick – a club-record signing from Derby County last month – headed the 38th-minute opener.

That meant Walter Mazzarri’s side continued their unwanted record of conceding in every game this season and their struggles with Burnley’s threat both aerially and from set plays were underlined when former Manchester United youngster Keane left goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes with no chance five minutes after half-time.

Sean Dyche’s Burnley, playing without last season’s suspended top scorer Andre Gray, then held on in relative comfort to join their beaten 11th-placed opponents on seven points.

– An earlier version of this article incorrectly referred to Michael Keane as Will Keane.

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