Tom Cleverley’s goal the difference as Watford edge out battling Burnley

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Tom Cleverley marked his 33rd birthday with the only goal of the game as 10-man Watford defeated Burnley to move top of the Sky Bet Championship. Captain Cleverley slotted home on the stroke of half-time to put the Hornets ahead in a match between two teams looking to make an immediate return to the Premier League following relegation last season.

Hassane Kamara was shown a straight red card for a professional foul nine minutes from time but the Clarets could not get the better of the home goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann and succumbed to their first defeat under Vincent Kompany. Watford handed a first start to the former Spain defender Mario Gaspar and an immediate debut to the Leicester loanee Hamza Choudhury, while summer signing Manuel Benson started for the first time for Burnley.

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