Hornets held as the Clarets make a point

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WATFORD let a two-goal lead slip as they were held to a 2-2 draw at Burnley in their opening fixture of the 2011/12 Championship season.

New Hornets boss Sean Dyche saw his side take a 2-0 lead courtesy of goals from Craig Forsyth and Mark Yeates, but Burnley fought back late on to snatch a point with efforts from Charlie Austin and Keith Treacy.

Burnley started brightly, but it was Watford who went into half-time with the advantage as Forsyth headed home Marvin Sordell’s pin-point delivery from the right.

The Hornets continued to press after the break, and Yeates was denied by a fine save from Clarets keeper Lee Grant 10 minutes into the second half.

It did not take Yeates long to exact his revenge, though, drilling past Grant in the 70th minute to put the Hornets two goals ahead.

Dyche’s men looked to be heading towards victory, but Burnley showed good character to get themselves back into the game.

Austin pulled a goal back for the home side with 13 minutes remaining, before Treacy headed home the equaliser late on to ensure the points were shared.