Match ends, Watford 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 1.
Watford moved up to second in the Championship despite having to settle for a 1-1 draw at home to Brighton.
Daniel Tozser's free-kick looked to have secured a fifth win in six home league games, but Watford were denied by Lewis Dunk's header from a corner.
Dunk and fellow Brighton striker Chris O'Grady had put earlier headers wide.
Matej Vydra missed the chance to win the game for Watford late on when his first-time left-footed strike was saved by Brighton goalkeeper David Stockdale.
Chances were few and far between in the opening 30 minutes, but O'Grady warmed Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes's gloves with a low strike from the left side of the area early on and later saw another effort deflected.
Vydra missed Watford's best chance of the first half when he shot Juan Carlos Paredes's through ball over the crossbar.
But the breakthrough came eight minutes into the second half as Tozser's free-kick from 25 yards found the back of the net as the Brighton wall parted.
Brighton manager Sami Hyypia brought on Kazenga LuaLua and Danny Holla in a bid to get back in the game and LuaLua's corner led to the eventual equaliser.
Dunk got free at the near post to plant a header beyond Gomes in the 77th minute.
Watford have now picked up four points from Billy McKinlay's two games in charge since he became manager on Monday, while Brighton remain 19th.
Watford manager Billy McKinlay:
"From our point of view, up to the goal we'd limited them to very little. You could argue we never created as much as we would have liked, certainly in the first half, but I felt we were in good control of the game at the time.
"I felt the shape of the team was good, the back four were outstanding and the effort was terrific.
"Obviously after the goal they've had one or two half-chances they might have felt disappointed they didn't take, but I was really pleased with our performance for a number of reasons."
Brighton manager Sami Hyypia:
"I need to accept a point, even if I don't want to. We played much better in the second half and we had the chances to win the game.
"It's not good to concede that kind of goal, it goes through the wall and you are chasing the game.
"We showed reaction, we had the urgency in the second half to play well and play better than in the first half and create enough chances that we could have won the game."
- 14ParedesBooked at 65mins
- 12DoyleyBooked at 30mins
- 3MunariBooked at 71mins
- 22AbdiSubstituted forMcGuganat 62'minutes
- 23DyerSubstituted forMurrayat 75'minutes
- 20VydraBooked at 58mins
- 2BrunoBooked at 52mins
- 8CroftsSubstituted forMcCourtat 72'minutes
- 24InceSubstituted forHollaat 60'minutes
- 19GardnerBooked at 51mins
- 17Vilaca Teixeira
- 7ColungaSubstituted forLua Luaat 54'minutes
- 25Lua Lua
- Simon Hooper
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Watford 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 1.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match João Teixeira (Brighton and Hove Albion) because of an injury.
Attempt missed. Paddy McCourt (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Gary Gardner.
Gordon Greer (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Matej Vydra (Watford).
Foul by Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion).
Lloyd Doyley (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Joe Bennett (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Matej Vydra (Watford).
Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Joe Bennett tries a through ball, but Chris O'Grady is caught offside.
Paddy McCourt (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Lewis McGugan (Watford).
Attempt saved. Matej Vydra (Watford) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lewis McGugan.
Foul by Danny Holla (Brighton and Hove Albion).
Lewis McGugan (Watford) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Attempt missed. Matej Vydra (Watford) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Daniel Tözsér with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Watford. Conceded by Danny Holla.
Attempt missed. Gary Gardner (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.