Vincent Kompany is reportedly not on any move links for Stuttgart winger Darko Churlinov and doesn’t think it’s imperative that Burnley sign a centre-forward despite a 1-0 loss to Watford on Friday night.
The Clarets managed just two goals in their first three games despite creating chances and dominating possession. And while Burnley look short in front of goal, the manager is confident the chances will be taken and the Clarets’ new look can split the goals between them.
The boss spoke about recruitment and gave his verdict on the loss to Watford on Friday night. When Burnley visited Vicarage Road in April, they turned defeat into late win but the Clarets failed to repeat the round despite a late flurry at Vicarage Road.
Vincent Kompany’s side were beaten 1-0 as Watford scored on their only shot on target in the competition. The Clarets were poor in the first half but improved as the game progressed and finished the strongest, especially after Hassane Kamara was red carded for sending Vitinho away.
Josh Brownhill hit the bar late and another night could have been a hat trick, but as the Clarets probed and pressed, the lack of cutting edge up front is clear to all. If that’s not the number one priority for Kompany by the deadline, it should be.
The first half was scrappy at times, with neither side getting a shot on target and while the Clarets looked to control the contest, they could create little in the way of chances.
Not that Watford fared much better with a biased effort from Ismaila Sarr, their best effort and most of their promising positions came from Burnley possession errors.
But the Hornets scored the opener in added time late in the half when they won a second ball and exploited the time and space given to them to shape an opening down the right that eventually saw an unmarked Tom Cleverley coming up to pass Aro Muric. .
Burnley, who responded well to a bad half against Luton last time out, tried to improve their game and Josh Brownhill was twice denied by Daniel Bachmann on either side of a few half chances for the Clarets coming and going.
Watford had their moments in attack but as the half progressed it was the visitors who asked most of the questions and a red card for Hassane Kamara for fending off the under-Vitinho prompted a late flurry . Brownhill went close with the resulting free kick and the Clarets blocked Watford for the final ten minutes or so but could not find a late leveler despite Brownhill hitting the bar and sub Luke McNally, pressed into action at the top, squandering a late chance.