SEAN DYCHE was put through all the emotions by his side during his first competitive match as manager as the Hornets threw away a two-goal lead at Burnley on the opening day of the Championship season.
Watford took the lead on half-time when Craig Forsyth headed Marvin Sordell`s header home. Mark Yeates added a second after the break before Burnley fought back with goals from subs Charlie Austin and Keith Treacy.
Sean Dyche brought four of his new signings into the first team for his first starting eleven, with Mark Yeates, Craig Forsyth, Carl Dickinson and Chris Iwelumo all making their debuts. David Mirfin was part of the new five-man substitutes bench.
Burnley left their only permanent signing of the summer, Keith Treacy amongst their subs whilst Ben Mee and Kieran Trippier got their debuts for the Clarets.
New-boy Forsyth handed his new side the lead on the stroke of half-time when he headed past Hemel Hempstead-born Claret`s stopper Lee Grant. Following Marvin Sordell`s trickery and inch-perfect cross, the Scot nodded home on debut.
Fellow winger and new-boy Yeates matched his team-mate with the ‘Orns second after 70 minutes when he slotted coolly past Grant.
However, it was not all plain sailing for the Goldenboys and the Burnley comeback started just six minutes later when substitute Charlie Austin opened his account for the season, diverting home from close-range.
Then, with only a handful of minutes left on the clock, former Preston wide-man, Keith Treacy became the third debutant winger to notch as he secured the home side a share of the spoils. The diminutive left-winger was left free to head home at the far post and claim a point for Eddie Howe`s men.
A point I`m sure we`d all have taken at the three o`clock this afternoon but this does feel more like a defeat than a draw. New manager, new players, new regime – same problems.
WATFORD (4-4-2): Loach; Doyley, Mariappa, Taylor, Dickinson; Yeates, Eustace (c), Jenkins, Forsyth; Sordell, Iwelumo (Deeney). Subs not used: Gilmartin (gk), Mirfin, Mingoia, Massey.
BURNLEY (4-5-1): Grant; Tippier, Amougou, Mee, Fox; Rodriguez, Elliot, McCann (c), Wallace, Elliot (Treacy); Paterson (Austin). Subs not used: Jensen (gk); Bartley, Edgar.