Michael Keane believes Burnley can beat Chelsea
Burnley have earned just one point on their travels all season after they were beaten in Hertfordshire in harsh fashion, hobbled by the seventh-minute red card for Jeff Hendrick.
But they took enough out of this contest to provide belief they can continue their impressive Turf Moor record of nine wins out of 13 when Chelsea come to town next Sunday.
“We feel more motivated feeling like we’ve been robbed of points,” said centre-back Keane.
“We believe we can beat Chelsea. Our home form has been unbelievable. They are in for a tough game.
“They have a lot of great players in good form. It will be tough but when we are at home in front of our own fans we have that belief we can beat anyone. We showed that against Liverpool.
Burnley have earned just one point on their travels all season
“The fans are brilliant at Turf Moor, they always stick behind us, never on our backs and are really positive. That feeds into the players.
“Every time we play at home we feel we are going to win, no matter who it is against. That just comes with games and more wins.”
Hendrick’s early dismissal for a bad challenge on Jose Holebas left Burnley with a mountain to climb and Watford capitalised with first-half headers from Troy Deeney and new signing M’Baye Niang.
But Burnley were magnificent in the second half, pulling one back as Ashley Barnes struck a penalty after Sebastian Prodl had handled, and the striker missed a golden late chance for a point.
On the evidence of this display it is difficult to see why Sean Dyche’s side have struggled so badly on the road, and Keane could not explain it either.
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“We can’t wrap our heads around it. We’ve been playing really well away from home, especially the last two months – unlucky at Arsenal, Tottenham we put in a good account of ourselves,” he said.
“We feel as if we had 11 men on the pitch we would have had a great chance of getting something. All the lads were really up for it and it showed. We’re disappointed but proud of the way we played.”
Watford will have been bitterly disappointed with their second-half showing but pleased with the performances of new signings Niang and Mauro Zarate, a man still remembered for his angry reaction to being dropped by QPR, an incident that resulted in a club suspension.
“I’m not more mature now, I just have the trust for the club and the gaffer,” said the Argentine.
“I had a chance to come to Watford and I’m very pleased as for me the Premier League is the best league in the world.”