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Battling Barnes Convinced Fortunes Will Turn

4 February 2017

Ashley Barnes is convinced Burnley's fortunes away from Turf Moor must change following another fighting performance which again left them empty-handed.

Barnes' fourth goal of the season - scored from the penalty spot with 12 minutes to go - promised to set up a successful fightback at Vicarage Road.

But despite a stirring second-half performance, the Clarets were unable to overcome the early dismissal of Jeff Hendrick as Watford just managed to hang on to secure a 2-1 win against Burnley's 10 men.

"The sending off killed the game a bit," said Barnes.

"We knew when we were down to 10 men they were going to have a bit more possession than us but I felt the boys did really well.

"Especially in the second half, it was a credit the way we went out and went about our business.

"I think everyone saw today, the fight we had with 10 men.

"We don't know what it is and there's something about away from home, but our luck has to change."

The Clarets went behind to a Troy Deeney header just a couple of minutes after Hendrick was sent off for the first time in his career for a challenge on Watford full-back Jose Hobelas.

On-loan AC Milan forward M'Baye Niang then nodded a second with the last touch of the first half to make it 2-0.

But Burnley - helped by new signings Robbie Brady and Ashley Westwood - had the home side on the ropes after the break and after Barnes had converted from the spot following a handball from Sebastien Prodl almost earned only their second point away from Turf Moor this season in a storming finish.

"Just before half time it's not nice to concede that, when you are 11 versus 11, let alone when you are down to 10," added Barnes, who led from the front as Burnley battled back.

"It was a good half in the second half but unfortunately we couldn't get the draw.

"We had a few chances. I had the last one and I put it either side of him (Heurelho Gonmes) and it's a goal.

"Unfortunately he's a big guy and it didn't happen."

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