Burnley scored twice in the final seven minutes to complete a dramatic comeback that pulled them five points clear of the Premier League relegation zone and left hosts Watford on the brink of relegation.
Jack Cork’s diving header from Charlie Taylor’s left-wing cross cancelled out James Tarkowski’s early own goal, before Josh Brownhill found the bottom corner from the edge of the box to spark jubilant scenes among the travelling fans and in the away dugout at Vicarage Road.
Watford had taken a deserved early lead when Juraj Kucka’s fierce effort struck the crossbar before rebounding off the unfortunate Tarkowski and into the unguarded net.
The Hornets carried the greater threat in the first half, Kiko Femenia striking the near post from an inswinging corner and Joao Pedro blazing over the crossbar after escaping the Clarets defence.
Aaron Lennon and Ashley Barnes forced fine saves out of Ben Foster in the second half, but there was little the veteran goalkeeper could do about either of the visitors’ late goals, which came in the space of three minutes.
The Hornets’ 11th consecutive home defeat leaves them 12 points adrift of Burnley and Leeds – who play Manchester City later on Saturday – with only four games remaining.