Brighton manage to rescue a point against a tough Watford side who grabbed an early goal through Doucoure's wonder strike. The home fan will be puzzled as to why they didn't start the game with the kind of directness they showed late into the second half.
- 2nd Half
- Mariappa (o.g.)78'
- 1st Half
Brighton & Hove Albion - Watford
Premier League - 8 February 2020
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Full time and points shared.
Last chance for Brighton now surely as the full time whistle is moments away
Booking for Brighton's March as he kicks the ball away in frustration as he gives soft freekick away deep in the Watford half
Watford looking like they are hanging on here as Brighton continue to press
5mins of extra time to be played
Trossard snatches at a chance as it goes over the bar. Jahanbakhsh causing Watford real problems
The game is evenly poised. It could easily go either way. 2mins to play
Jahanbakhsh tries to slip Trossard in with a neat through ball. Positive play from the home side
Watford change. Deulofeu off and Welbeck on
Ryan launches the ball forward to Trossard who somehow keeps it in, but the attack breaks down. What an assist that would have been
Danny Welbeck is getting ready to come on. Can he grab the goal that Watford need?
Watford change. Pereyra off and Pussetto on
A vital 10 mins here for both teams. Brighton will fancy themselves here to get a second goal.
Jahanbakhsh cross fizzes into the box and causes Watford all sorts of problems. Mariappa panics and puts the ball into his net. Potter's subs have made a difference
Goal Brighton! Own goal Mariappa puts into the back of his own net
Mooy shoots!!! Foster clears it with his feet. What a save. He hasn't had much to do, but when called upon saves his team
Doucoure lashes a shot toward the Brighton goal. But loops easily towards Ryan who collects it
Potter has laid his cards down now. All subs have been made as he pushes for a goal
Brighton change. Schelotto off and Jahanbakhsh on
Duff and Masina go up for a header and it's the Watford player who comes off worse as he receives treatment
Watford are weathering the storm at the moment. Will Pearson look to make change soon?
Waford break again and Deeney is screaming for the ball, which is squandered
Mooy crosses the ball beautifully but Dunk couldn't guide it towards the goal
Ball given away from strange cross field pass from Watford. Brighton break and win another freekick
Trossard over the freekick and it's hit into the box. It's knocked into the air and Waford struggle to clear it
Another freekick for Brighton. It's another set piece for Watford to deal with. Will they be punished this time?
Brighton now have a freekick in a good area. Trossard clips it into the box. But Watford deal with it and clear their lines
Foul by Hughes as he picks up a booking
Brighton going more direct as Schelotto breaks forward. Carrying the ball from his own half.
Brighton change.Gross off and Alzate comes on
Movement on the bench as Brighton look to make another change. But who will be coming on?
Watford frustrating Brighton as they win a freekick in their own half. Breaking up the play
Deoulfeu dances into the box and hits it with his right foot but it sweeps past the post.
Change for Brighton. Maupay on Burn off
Encouraging signs from Brighton as their build up play seems to gather speed. The home fans reacting positively to it
Schelotto fizzes a low cross through the Watford box and Murray almost gets on the end of it. Better from Brighton
Brighton continuing from where they left off with plenty of possession. Sticking to their philosophy but they need an end product
The cross is too close to Ben Foster as he punches the freekick away
Freekck for Brighton on the edge of the box. Can they make this one count?
Early possession from Watford as they look to get a second goal
Brighton start the second half. No changes from either side
Brighton have had the lion's share of possession but haven't really troubled Ben Foster. The Watford goal came out of nowhere and Pearson will be happy with how his side have dealt with Brighton
Half time at the Amex Arena 1-0 Watford
Deulofeu goes into the back of Schelotto. But it looks like the right back went down easily
Schelotto goes down in the box. VAR check. No penalty!!!
Plenty of possession from Brighton but there's nothing at the end of it for Potter's side so far
Break from Brighton. Murray attempts a header after a fine cross from Trossard. Much better from the home side
There doesn't seem to be any urgency from Brighton at the moment. They are playing as if it were still 0-0
Brighton attack. It bounces around the Waford box as Schelotto shoots. It's forced out by Waftord
Short corner from Watford. Ball comes in and Brighton make a mess of it. But Ryan collects it
An attempt from Hughes on the edge of the box. It takes a deflection as it goes out for a corner
Schelotto has seen plenty of the ball this half, bombing up from right back
Brighton really need to be looking for Murray with better crosses as that's where the goals will surely come from
Wild shot from Mooy from the edge of the box as it's way over the bar
The Gulls fans and Potter are shocked. After all that early possession they have been caught out
Brighton with work to do now can they make a quick response?
A pure strike from Doucoure from the edge of the box. It had been all Brighton before then. Game on!
GOAL Watford Doucoure
Applause from the Gulls fans as they react to some splendid build up play
Watford really need to get a foothold in this game as their attacks are being easily broken down at the moment by Brighton
Glenn Marray wins the header as the ball swings in. But Foster collects it easily
The little Spaniard Deulofeu could be the bright spark that Watford need to win this game
Scrappy start to the game as neither team are stamping their authority
Watford keeping possession at the moment, probing for space to make an attack
The freekick swings in and comes to nothing
Fast start from Brighton as Murray wins a freekick
Check complete. No penalty for Brighton
Brighton are appealing for penalty. VAR are checking it...
Good defending from Deeney who heads the ball away for another Brighton corner
Early shot from Brighton, and win a corner
Watford to kick us off
The teams are in the tunnel. Not long now!!!
Nigel Pearson has made it clear what his side need to do to get a result.
Great to see Tory Deeney making time for the fans before this crunch game.
Brighton will be looking to secure their first league double over the North London side since 1990-91. Back then both sides were playing in the second tier.
This is a massive game before the winter break for both teams. Pearson will be looking regain some momentum to steer the Hornets away from the relegation zone. While Brighton know that a loss will see the two teams level on points.
Here's the home teams lineup. Maty Ryan making his 100th appearance for the Gulls
Team News for Watford. Captain Troy Deeney leading the team and surely looking to bag a goal or two. Hughes starts with Chalobah drops to the bench.
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