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Summary

  1. Brighton are looking for their first point
  2. Watford are unbeaten since the start of the season

Live Reporting

By Kris Holland

All times stated are UK

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Watford 0-0 Brighton

That's all from Vicarage Road.

Our coverage of today's Premier League action continues here.

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FULL-TIME

Watford 0-0 Brighton

Brighton are off the mark in the Premier League, despite failing to score for a third consecutive match.

Watford can be happy with a point having played most the match with 10 men.

The two managers
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INJURY TIME

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We'll have three added minutes.

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Jose Izquierdo has a go...

The new signing for Brighton cuts onto his right, but his 25-yard effort brushes the roof of the net.

83 mins

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Watford's final change sees Troy Deeney replace Andre Gray.

SUBSTITUTION

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Anthony Knockaert makes way for Brighton's record signing Jose Izquierdo.

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Attacking quality has been at a premium at Vicarage Road, this afternoon.

A point illustrated perfectly as Andre Gray makes a rare foray into the Brighton box before lashing well wide of Ryan's goal.

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Two more chances come and go for Brighton.

Gomes has to be at full stretch, to tip Knockaert's low drive wide of his left post, while Duffy heads wide from the resulting corner.

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This touch map tells you all you need to know about Watford's afternoon.

They've had just eight touches of the ball in Brighton's box, but it's a different story at the other end for their defensive rearguard.

Heurelho Gomes hasn't had that much to do in goal, though.

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At the other end, Richarlison breaks with pace for Watford, cutting inside his man...but the finish is poor as he fires way, way over Mat Ryan's goal

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Another dangerous ball into the area, and another opportunity escapes Brighton.

This time it's Knockaert who is unable to direct his header on target.

Anthony Knockaert of Brighton goes close
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It's still all Brighton in this match, but Watford are defending with resolve.

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The answer is no, but Brighton have an even better chance now from an in-direct free-kick inside the Watford 18 yard box...

It's an unusual one, as Abdoulaye Doucoure goes in with a high foot competing for the ball with Knockaert.

But Lewis Dunk's effort deflects wide for a corner, which comes to nothing.

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Corner to Brighton, is this the moment?

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Another chance goes begging for Brighton.

This time it's Tomer Hemed, who hit the post in the first-half, who volleys just wide after a corner is headed back across goal.

Will the Seagulls be left to regret these missed chances?

SUBSTITUTION

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More problems for Watford, as substitute Craig Cathcart, brought on in place of Nordin Amrabat, is taken off because of an injury.

Andre Carrillo - on loan from Benfica - is on for his Hornets debut.

Craig Cathcart is injured
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KICK-OFF

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Off we go again...

SUBSTITUTION

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Change for the Seagulls.

Their captain Bruno, who was on a yellow card, makes way for Liam Rosenior. The word from the Brighton bench is that he has a back injury.

Lewis Dunk takes the armband.

Where has the ball been?

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While Brighton have had their chances, but the ball hasn't spent long in Watford's third of the pitch so far.

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No question that the talking point of that first-half is the red card to Watford's Miguel Britos midway through the half.

The home side had looked the more likely to score in the early exchanges, but the Uruguayan's dismissal, coupled with a tactical decision from Marco Silva to take off Nordin Amrabat has stifled their attacking opportunities, save for a Nathaniel Chalobah shot which flashed wide.

But what of Brighton? They've certainly had the better chances, hitting the post twice through Knockaert and Hemed, but their wait for a Premier League goal is now up to 225 minutes.

Davy Propper seeks Brighton's first goal
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HALF-TIME

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45+1 mins

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Chance for Brighton with a free-kick given against Kiko Femenía for handball just outside the area, it goes behind for a corner...

Which comes to nothing, and on we go...

INJURY TIME

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We'll have three additional minutes at the end of this first-half.

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Things just taking a bit of a lull after that crazy exchange of play.

You do suspect there will be one more chance before half-time, though...

Sebastian Prodl and Tomas Hemed challenge for possession
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'The most horrendous tackle'

If Miguel Britos is looking for sympathy, he's certainly not getting it from Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker who is in no doubt that his red card was deserved.

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A red card for Watford's Britos for the most horrendous tackle.

Miguel Britos foul
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And at the other end, Nathaniel Chalobah flashes just wide of Mat Ryan's right hand post with a shot from just outside the box.

How is this still 0-0?

HITS THE WOODWORK

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Brighton hit the post again!

This time it's Tomer Hemed who sees his effort rebound, having lost his marker.

It looks as though Watford substitute Craig Cathcart has moved to right-back, with Femenia switching to the left.

Anthony Knockaert, by the way, seems to have escaped that Britos challenge unscathed. Breathe easy, Brighton fans.

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Garth Crooks

Former Spurs striker on Final Score

I have no doubt in my mind that is a red card. I have not seen a tackle like that in 40 years.

It's a shocker. And he has the audacity to complain!

Miguel Britos
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Kevin Kilbane

Former Huddersfield winger

That is a leg breaker. An incredibly dangerous challenge.

Straight red. Absolutely no question.

SUBSTITUTION

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Marco Silva wastes no time in adjusting his side after that red card for Britos.

The unfortunate Nordin Amrabat - arguably Watford's most dangerous outlet so far in this game - makes way for Craig Cathcart.

RED CARD

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What was Miguel Britos thinking?

As Anthony Knockaert runs down the right flank, the Uruguayan flies in recklessly and gives the referee no option.

Knockaert is back on his feet after treatment.

Watford's Miguel Britos is sent off
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Brighton's confidence is growing by the minute, the visitors - still yet to score a Premier League goal - have Watford under pressure...now can they take a chance?

YELLOW CARD

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Brighton captain Bruno becomes the first to enter the referee's notebook as he sees yellow for a foul on Brazilian winger Richarlison.

HITS THE WOODWORK

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Oh, so close for Brighton! Against the post from Anthony Knockaert.

'Come on the boys'

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Brighton striker Glenn Murray misses out for the visitors today, but has offered some words of encouragement on Twitter.

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Nordin Amrabat is winning his battle with Markus Suttner on the right flank so far in this match.

Good work from the Moroccan sees the ball flash across the face of goal just evading Andre Gray & Richarlison.

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Chance for Watford as Suttner tugs down Amrabat out wide and a free-kick is awarded.

But Chalobah sees a header blocked from Femenia's delivery.

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Andre Gray with his first touch of the ball in the Brighton area, but it's heavy and behind for a goal-kick.

No real chances for either side yet.

Andre Gray
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KICK-OFF

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We are under way at Vicarage Road.

If you're just joining us, a reminder of the two teams line-up this afternoon...

Watford
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Brighton
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