Chris Wood was denied a stoppage-time winner by a marginal offside decision in Burnley’s entertaining 0-0 draw against Watford at a sodden Vicarage Road.New Zealand international Wood tucked home after Ben Foster spilled a shot from Dwight McNeil in the 92nd minute, but he was adjudged offside despite appearing to be in line with Jose Holebas.With the goal ruled out, Burnley failed to extend their winning run in the Premier League to four matches, having picked up important victories against Huddersfield Town and Fulham in their previous two. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Despite seeing Gerard Deulofeu and Ken Sema go close early on, Burnley worked their way back into the match and will feel aggrieved not to have taken all three points.Deulofeu should have put Watford ahead, but was unable to beat Tom Heaton in a one-on-one situation inside 90 seconds, while James Tarkowski’s goal-line clearance kept Sema out in the fifth minute.So close #WATBUR 0-0 pic.twitter.com/M8w193K4gX — Watford Football Club (@WatfordFC) January 19, 2019 Burnley eventually found their feet as Ashley Barnes – who appeared to control the ball with his arm – spurned a glorious opportunity by slicing Adrian Mariappa’s header wide from the edge of the six-yard box.Troy Deeney would have punished that miss on the stroke of half-time had Heaton not parried his half-volley from Kiko Femenia’s cross away.Burnley remained on top after the restart and Foster got an important touch to Jeff Hendrick’s attempt to finish off a counter-attack, before McNeil blazed a six-yard volley over in the 55th minute.Heaton displayed great awareness to stop Tarkowski inadvertently putting through his own net and Tom Cleverley saw a low drive held by the Clarets goalkeeper as Watford asserted themselves again.Watford lost Femenia to an injury in the 77th minute before the late drama as Wood tucked home after Foster failed to hold McNeil’s 20-yard drive, only for a marginal offside decision to deny him the winner.What does it mean? Burnley miss a chance With relegation-threated Newcastle United and Cardiff City going head-to-head on Saturday, Burnley failed to take an opportunity to increase their advantage over the bottom three. With Newcastle overcoming Cardiff 2-0 at St James’ Park, a draw at Watford means the Clarets simply remain three points clear of the relegation zone. A victory would have sent them up to 14th.Heaton keeps Burnley in it Heaton’s return to the starting line-up at the expense of Joe Hart has coincided with Burnley’s upturn in form and he produced another strong display. He read the play well and showed great positioning to keep out Deulofeu and Deeney before half-time, while he also stopped Tarkowski putting through his own net in the second period.Cleverley fails to fill Doucoure void With Abdoulaye Doucoure, who has been linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain, absent due to a knee injury, Cleverley partnered Etienne Capoue in the centre of midfield. The former Manchester United man may be a different style of player, but he struggled to make a mark on the game – he had a passing accuracy of 77 per cent and failed to create a single chance for his team-mates.Key Opta Facts- This was the 20th league meeting between Watford and Burnley at Vicarage Road, but the first one to end goalless. – Burnley kept their first league clean sheet away to Watford in 10 matches.- This was just Burnley’s second clean sheet in the Premier League in their last 11 away games in the competition. – Watford have won just one of their last six Premier League games on home soil (D2 L3). What’s next? The fourth round of the FA Cup sees Watford travel to face Newcastle United and Burnley head to the Etihad Stadium for a meeting with Manchester City on Saturday.
zoom Due to recent talks on whether UK should leave the European Union (EU) or stay as part of it, the trade union Nautilus International said at its meeting in April that the best interests of the maritime profession and the shipping industry would be secured by the UK remaining in the EU.The union, which represents maritime professionals in the UK, Netherlands and Switzerland, confirmed that “on balance, UK maritime workers are better in Europe than out.”General secretary Mark Dickinson revealed that it remained unclear how ‘Brexit’ would impact the British shipping and seafarers.At the union’s council meeting in April he led a discussion to ascertain what was best for Britain in terms of the British seafarers working in the global shipping industry.Dickinson said that leaving the EU would mean the UK is no longer subject to EU directives, including those outlawing discrimination on race or nationality, which could enable ship owners to employ labour from lower-cost EU countries, thereby endangering British jobs.“On the other hand, the UK does apply the national minimum wage and work permit requirements in a limited and haphazard fashion to shipping, and as a Union we have on occasion been able to ensure that foreign seafarers are paid at least the correct UK minimum wages or have the required work permits,” he noted.Dickinson also said that historically no British government has ever restricted employment in UK shipping to UK nationals and therefore there would be no reason to assume this would happen if Britain withdraws from the EU.“However, EU state aid guidelines for maritime transport have led to UK support for the shipping industry through tonnage tax, the SMarT training scheme, and income tax (SED) and social security concessions,” he added.Dickinson said that whilst there are many benefits to UK shipping from being in Europe, none of the current challenges facing the industry will disappear as a result of being outside.“We will still have to deal with global competition, but instead of fighting the negative aspects of globalisation as part of the largest economic bloc in the world, we will have to fight it alone,” he said.
Ireland (v Scotland): R Kearney, D Kearney, B O’Driscoll, L Marshall, A Trimble; J Sexton, C Murray: C Healy, R Best, M Ross; D Toner, P O’Connell (Capt.), P O’Mahony, C Henry, J Heaslip.Replacements: S Cronin, J McGrath, M Moore, D Tuohy, T O’Donnell, I Boss, P Jackson, F McFadden. IRELAND COACH JOE Schmidt has handed an international recall to Ulster wing Andrew Trimble for Sunday’s Six Nations opener at home to Scotland.A groin injury to Luke Fitzgerald has paved the way for Trimble’s return to the starting line-up for just the second time since facing South Africa in November 2012.In three changes from the side who faced New Zealand in November Schmidt’s other big selection call is to pick Luke Marshall over Gordon D’Arcy in the centre.As expected, Paul O’Connell captains the side and Chris Henry comes in for the injured Sean O’Brien with Tommy O’Donnell providing back row cover from the bench.Fergus McFadden’s return to fitness allows him take up a place among the replacements with brothers Rob and Dave Kearney completing the back three behind Brian O’Driscoll.As Jonathan Sexton came through last week’s outing for Racing Metro unscathed, he will take the reins at number 10 with Paddy Jackson on the bench alongside Isaac Boss. Schmidt determined to see Ireland meet expectations11 rules for watching the 6 Nations in a crowded pub