Burnley 1 Watford 0
By Burnley FC
June 26 2020
Cometh the hour, cometh the man..... In a tough week for the town, local lad Jay Rodriguez delivered the perfect antidote with a winning goal and 50th of his Burnley career.
Rodriguez had eloquently joined the Clarets’ support for their equality call behind the Black Lives Movement which had been hijacked in Burnley’s return from lockdown on the night they were beaten 5-0 at Manchester City.
And this time he allowed his boots – or more accurately his head – to do the talking with a superb 73rd-minute winner which got the Clarets post-shutdown campaign moving and lifted them past the 40-point mark.
Rodriguez’s goal – his ninth of the season – delightfully steered in from Dwight McNeil’s pin-point cross also extended Burnley’s unbeaten home league run which stretches back to New Year’s Day.
And it also underlined the collective spirit in the Clarets’ camp as they battled through a testing second half to help Nick Pope collect a 12th clean sheet of the campaign in an historic night at a near empty Turf Moor.
The Clarets were unchanged from the side that started out at City but had a full bench as Phil Bardsley returned to the squad after signing a new deal and young midfielder Mace Goodridge was also fit enough to be included.
But despite the same personnel, Burnley looked a different proposition back on their own territory and facing a side at a different end of the table.
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