Sean Dyche’s return to Vicarage Road was most definitely an eventful one, as the drama started almost immediately, his team briefly on the front foot.
When Burnley’s Chris Wood headed past Orestis Karnezis from an offside position, it seemed as though the home side received an important wake-up call, thereafter dominating the first half.
Two good saves from Nick Pope prevented the Hornets from going ahead in the first forty-five minutes as Pereyra provided brilliance in every aspect of his game, really testing the Englishman in between the sticks.
Nick Pope was a key part of Burnley’s defence, but on the hour mark he could only look on and watch.
A struggling Clarets side fell victim to some excellent play from Will Hughes from which an on-fire Pereyra scored for the second game running, adding his name to the score sheet for the fourth time this season.
One up, it was staggering that Javi Gracia’s team could not add to their lead and with Shaun Dyche looking frustrated, he decided to change the game.
The 70th minute proved a turning point in the match and when Sam Vokes came on for Kévin Nkoudou, it took only thirty seconds for Burnley to equalise.
With his first touch, Vokes scored after being left unmarked from a free kick and smashing in from close range, to provide his team with renewed hopes of Europe and a chance to snatch all the points.
All three points was exactly what Burnley took back to Lancashire as Jack Cork ended any hopes of a Watford victory.
A set piece was the culprit again for the Hornets and after so nearly clearing their lines, Cork netted with his head, beating Watford’s Greek goalkeeper.
The five minutes added time must have felt forever for the visitors as together they held off continuous balls into the box, securing a win which on the strength of the second half, they deserved.
Watford finish off the day in twelfth and will hope to make up for their performance today with a win at Huddersfield’s John Smith Stadium next week.
Photo courtesy of Watford FC/Alan Cozzi