Defour shines again as Burnley beat Watford 2-0

September 27, 2016
Burnley's Steven Defour (right) and Watford's Nordin Amrabat battle for the ball during their English Premier League match at Turf Moor, Burnley, England yesterday. Burnley won 2-0.

BURNLEY, England (AP):

Burnley earned a second win since being promoted back to the English Premier League, beating Watford 2-0 yesterday after another impressive performance by Steven Defour.

The Belgium midfielder set up record signing Jeff Hendrick to nod in a 38th-minute opener from a corner and was also the provider for the second, headed home by Michael Keane in the 50th.

Defour has now scored one and set up three of Burnley's five goals this season and provided the kind of spark that was lacking from the visitors, who beat Manchester United in their last match.

"Sometimes you get that person in with a bit of calmness, assured in possession, and that rubs off on others," Burnley manager Sean Dyche said of the 28-year-old Defour, who was signed from Anderlecht in August.

Burnley played without striker AndrÈ Gray, who has been banned for four matches by England's football authorities for discriminatory comments he previously made on social media.

 

GAY SLURS

 

The English Football Association said six postings made by Burnley striker AndrÈ Gray on his Twitter account between January 9 and March 11, 2012 brought the game into disrepute. Some of the tweets appeared to be slurs against gays.

Gray had admitted to three of the breaches, but denied that the remaining three went against FA rules. He was fined £25,000 (US$32,000) and ordered to attend an FA education course.

The discriminatory comments came to light when they were retweeted by other people after he scored his first Premier League goal for Burnley in the team's 2-0 win over Liverpool on August 20.

Gray released a public apology after the match.

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