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WATFORD: ON THE WHISTLE MATCH REPORT

7 January 2017

Nigel Clough made six changes to the team that lost 1-0 to Preston North End last time out.

In come Tom Flanagan, John Brayford, Lee Williamson, Will Miller, Luke Varney and Marcus Harness to replace John Mousinho, Lucas Akins, Jackson Irvine, Jamie Ward, Damien McCrory and Chris O'Grady respectively.

GOAL: The home side looked to dominate the ball from the first whistle, and the opening came on 22 minutes when Brandon Mason got himself in some space down the left to provide a low cross towards the back post where Christian Kabasele was waiting to tap it over the line (1-0).

It was a half of very few chances and the closest any team came to scoring a second in the match was when Odion Ighalo twisted and turned on the edge of the Brewers box before blasting his effort well over the crossbar.

Will Miller made his first start of the Brewers since extending his loan deal but his appearance was cut short on 33 minutes when he pulled up with an injury, he was replaced by Jamie Ward.

HT: Watford 1-0 Burton Albion

Nigel Clough changed formation at half time and within two minutes of the restart Burton Albion could have had two goals, both created by Tom Flanagan who put two outstanding crosses into the box but first Luke Varney headed wide before secondly Marcus Harness couldn't connect at the back stick.

Luke Varney looked impressive on his Burton Albion debut, but he was the second Albion player to leave the field due to injury but Varney's was a little more serious as he required a stretcher.

GOAL: The lead of Watford's was doubled with just under 15 minutes to play as Jerome Sinclair picked up the ball some distance out before driving at the Albion defence and letting off a shot from around 20 yards which beat Jon McLaughlin at his right-hand post (2-0).

Luke Murphy only signed on loan yesterday, but Nigel Clough wanted to give him some minutes as he replaced Matty Palmer with ten minutes to go.

FT: Watford 2-0 Burton Albion

Ash's man of the match: Tom Flanagan

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