Sometimes it's a compliment that teams are considering putting men behind the ball and playing for a draw against Watford, given their free-flowing start to the season under Marco Silva.

Such a tribute was not paid by Burnley yesterday in their 1-0 win over the Hornets, but their organised defence, which proved too stubborn even to permit a shot on target from the visitors, is a sign of where Silva's men are coming up short.

Silva himself has made clear Watford will keep plugging away, and perhaps in time, and with additional quality in attacking areas, will play through even the harshest of back lines the Premier League has to offer.

"We have a style of play, we like to play football and other teams know this," defender Christian Kabasele echoed. 

"Maybe they try to stay behind the ball and cut out every pass, so we need to learn and progress if we want to take the next step forward.

"We’ll need to find a solution against this type of opponent."

Referee Lee Probert was not flavour of the month at Vicarage Road after his latest performance, sending off Marvin Zeegelaar in a decision Silva deemed "harsh", and denying the Hornets a penalty moments before Burnley took the lead at the other end.

"I didn’t see the images but on the field it didn’t look like a red card for me," said Kabasele. "It looked like he took the ball first but that’s the referee’s decision and we have to accept it.

"Maybe we deserved a penalty, but it’s difficult for the referee. They need to take decisions in half a second sometimes.

"We need to accept that sometimes they take the wrong ones, and maybe on Tuesday we’ll have a good decision for us. From one game to another things can change."