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Watford 2-0 Brighton & Hove Albion

Watford's Ikechi Anya (second left) celebrates with his team-mates after scoring against Brighton

Watford earned only their second win in 16 Championship games with victory over play-off hopefuls Brighton.

The home side went ahead courtesy of Ikechi Anya's angled strike.

Brighton almost equalised when Kazenga LuaLua's shot hit the bar and David Lopez's follow-up effort went into the side-netting.

But Fernando Forestieri sealed a rare Hornets win when he capitalised on Gordon Greer's poor backpass, rounded keeper Tomasz Kuszczak and slotted in.

Defeat left Brighton seven points off a play-off spot in ninth, and they could have little complaint.

Watford took the lead with their first attempt of note in the 13th minute.

Alexander Merkel fed Anya on the left of the penalty area and, after teasing the Seagulls defence, the Scotland international hit a low shot across Kuszczak and into the far corner of the net.

The Seagulls continued to offer very little going forward until LuaLua's intervention almost brought them level.

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Post-match: Brighton coach Jones

The substitute received the ball on the left of the penalty area and unleashed a left-footed shot that flew past helpless Hornets goalkeeper Manuel Almunia and rebounded off the underside of the crossbar.

The home side doubled their advantage in the 60th minute.

Good pressing by Merkel forced Greer into an under-hit backpass and Forestieri latched on to the loose ball to score.

The Seagulls thought they had pulled a goal back when Leonardo Ulloa headed a free-kick from the right past Almunia, but it was disallowed for offside.

Watford manager Beppe Sannino said:

"I'm happy for my team because we came from three games where we didn't get what we deserved.

"I knew that Brighton before this game were the best team in terms of goals conceded away from home and if we score two goals it's because the pressing was very good.

"But I was also impressed by the desire of my lads and the effort that we were able to put into the game - we worked our socks off."

Brighton assistant boss Nathan Jones said:

"The first goal did come slightly against the run of play but they took that, it kind of knocked the wind out of us a little bit and we huffed and puffed without really taking the game to them.

"Then obviously the second goal came at a bad time as well and to rub salt into the wounds with the disallowed goal, that might have come at a time when we might have kicked on and got something out of the game.

"All round, we're quite frustrated really."

Line-ups

Watford

  • 1Almunia
  • 27Cassetti
  • 21Anya
  • 6EkstrandBooked at 90mins
  • 17Hall
  • 4Angella
  • 8MerkelSubstituted forMurrayat 76'minutes
  • 28TözsérBooked at 70mins
  • 11ForestieriSubstituted forPark Chu-youngat 90+1'minutes
  • 9Deeney
  • 7BattocchioSubstituted forDiakitéat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Bellerín
  • 12Doyley
  • 16Murray
  • 19Faraoni
  • 20Park Chu-young
  • 23Diakité
  • 30Bond

Brighton

  • 29Kuszczak
  • 2Bruno
  • 17Ward
  • 4Andrews
  • 3GreerBooked at 79mins
  • 20Upson
  • 6Stephens
  • 18Forster-CaskeySubstituted forLua Luaat 40'minutes
  • 19Ulloa
  • 21D. LópezSubstituted forMarchat 81'minutes
  • 11OrlandiSubstituted forRodríguez Sánchezat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Brezovan
  • 5Dunk
  • 9Rodríguez Sánchez
  • 14Calderón
  • 22Obika
  • 25Lua Lua
  • 27March
Referee:
David Webb
Attendance:
16,096

Match Stats

Home TeamWatfordAway TeamBrighton
Possession
Home35%
Away65%
Shots
Home11
Away15
Shots on Target
Home5
Away1
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home17
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Watford 2, Brighton and Hove Albion 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Watford 2, Brighton and Hove Albion 0.

Foul by Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Marco Cassetti (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Booking

Joel Ekstrand (Watford) is shown the yellow card.

Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Park Chu-Young (Watford).

Keith Andrews (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Samba Diakité (Watford).

Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Samba Diakité (Watford).

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Park Chu-Young replaces Fernando Forestieri.

Foul by Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Fernando Forestieri (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Samba Diakité replaces Cristian Battocchio.

Foul by Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Ikechi Anya (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Marco Cassetti.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Solly March replaces David López.

Attempt missed. Sean Murray (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Booking

Gordon Greer (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Gordon Greer (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Troy Deeney (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Sean Murray replaces Alexander Merkel.

Attempt missed. Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by David López with a cross following a corner.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Ikechi Anya (Watford) because of an injury.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Gabriele Angella.

Attempt blocked. Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Leonardo Ulloa.

Attempt blocked. David López (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Daniel Tözsér (Watford) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

Hand ball by Daniel Tözsér (Watford).

Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Fernando Forestieri (Watford).

Offside, Watford. Cristian Battocchio tries a through ball, but Fernando Forestieri is caught offside.

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. David López tries a through ball, but Leonardo Ulloa is caught offside.

Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Marco Cassetti (Watford).

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. David Rodríguez replaces Andrea Orlandi.

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As It Stood

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18Birmingham287912-330
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