Brighton claimed their first ever Premier League point despite failing to break down 10-man Watford at Vicarage Road.Uruguayan defender Miguel Britos was shown a first-half red card for a high and reckless challenge on Brighton’s Anthony Knockaert, who was lucky to escape injury. In a game of few clear-cut chances, Brighton came closest to making the breakthrough as they twice hit the post through Knockaert and Tomer Hemed.
But Watford’s 10 men held firm to claim a battling point that extends their unbeaten start to the season, as the Seagulls’ wait for a first Premier League goal since promotion goes on.Relive Watford’s game with Brighton as it happenedReaction from Saturday’s Premier League matchesThe hosts started brightly, with Nathaniel Chalobah seeing a goal-bound header blocked by Lewis Dunk and record signing Andre Gray missing from a Nordin Amrabat pull back.Amrabat, who had looked dangerous for the hosts, was soon replaced by Craig Cathcart as head coach Marco Silva patched up his defence after Britos’ dismissal.Brighton appealed for a penalty when Abdoulaye Doucoure put in a high foot while competing for a loose ball with Knockaert, but referee Graham Scott instead awarded an indirect free-kick.Both sides pushed for the win in the final 10 minutes as Watford introduced club captain Troy Deeney and Albion threw on record signing Jose Izquierdo for his debut, but neither could make a telling contribution.’The most horrendous challenge’
Britos protested his 24th-minute dismissal, but in truth there was little defending what was a dangerous two-footed tackle on Frenchman Knockaert.Describing the challenge on Final Score, BBC Sport pundit Garth Crooks said: “I have no doubt in my mind that is a red card. I have not seen a tackle like that in 40 years.”On Twitter, Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker described it as “the most horrendous tackle”.Speaking after the game, Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes said Britos had apologised to his team-mates, adding “we need to apologise to the Brighton players as well”.”He knows what he did and I don’t think he did it intentionally,” Gomes continued. “He always goes for the ball and he goes fair, but he lost timing and caught the player.” Britos – also sent off twice last season – is the second Watford player to be sent off in a week, after Jose Holebas saw red in the 3-2 EFL Cup defeat to Bristol City.Man of the match – Anthony Knockaert (Brighton)
Watford’s 10 men hold on – the statsWatford have been given six red cards since the start of last season in the Premier League; a joint-high alongside Manchester City and West Ham United.Watford didn’t attempt a single shot on target in this match – they only did this on one occasion at Vicarage Road in both 2015-16 (v Southampton) and 2016-17 (v Hull).Brighton have failed to score in their first three Premier League games of 2017-18. Before this season, 11 teams had done this and none of those sides ended the season in the relegation zone.
‘We lost emotional balance’ – reaction
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Watford manager Marco Silva: “It was a difficult match, it started really well for us, we had chances to score. After the first chance they created we lost emotional balance. We need to continue what we did before.”The red card changed everything. But after that our players showed good spirit and attitude.”I didn’t see it, but the information I have is that it [the decision to send Britos off] looked fair. I have spoken with the player and we need to be calm to think what we will do.”Brighton manager Chris Hughton: “It is a concern [that Brighton are yet to score], yes, because on the balance of play and getting in areas we are, we should do better.”We need to find a way to win these games, we hit the post twice and feel it is coming.”I hope we are successful in this transfer window to get a bit more attacking threat. I hope I’ll be busy, can’t guarantee it, but we are trying as hard as we can. It is a difficult market.”
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Brighton winger Anthony Knockaert: “We are glad to get our first point but we’re also disappointed not to get a win because we were playing against 10 men. We had a few chances but couldn’t find a goal.”We showed better character today and there are some good signs for the future. We have two weeks to work hard during the international break.”We knew it would not be easy because they kept good shape and in the end I think they were happy with a draw.”What’s next?After the international break, Brighton play host to West Brom in the Premier League on 9 September, while Watford travel to Southampton on the same day (both 15:00 BST).Line-upsMatch StatsLive TextLine-upsWatford1Gomes21Femenía5Prödl27Kabasele3BritosBooked at 24mins16Doucouré8Cleverley14Chalobah7AmrabatSubstituted forCathcartat 28’minutesSubstituted forCarrilloat 47’minutes18GraySubstituted forDeeneyat 83’minutes11RicharlisonSubstitutes9Deeney10Success15Cathcart23Watson28Carrillo29Capoue30PantilimonBrighton1Ryan2BrunoBooked at 17minsSubstituted forRoseniorat 45’minutes22Duffy5Dunk29Suttner11KnockaertSubstituted forIzquierdo Menaat 81’minutes6Stephens24Pröpper20March13GroßSubstituted forMurphyat 90+1’minutes10HemedSubstitutes4Hünemeier8Skalak12Mäenpää14Sidwell15Murphy19Izquierdo Mena23RoseniorReferee:Graham ScottAttendance:20,181Match StatsHome TeamWatfordAway TeamBrightonPossessionHome42%Away58%ShotsHome8Away16Shots on TargetHome0Away2CornersHome3Away11FoulsHome7Away18Live TextPosted at Match ends, Watford 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 0.Full TimePosted at 90’+4′ Second Half ends, Watford 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 0.Posted at 90’+4′ Attempt missed. Kiko Femenía (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Abdoulaye Doucouré following a set piece situation.Posted at 90’+2′ Foul by Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion).Posted at 90’+2′ Nathaniel Chalobah (Watford) wins a free kick on the right wing.Posted at 90’+1′ Attempt blocked. Markus Suttner (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Solly March.SubstitutionPosted at 90’+1′ Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Jamie Murphy replaces Pascal Groß.Posted at 89′ Attempt missed. André Carrillo (Watford) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Kiko Femenía with a cross.Posted at 88′ Foul by Davy Pröpper (Brighton and Hove Albion).Posted at 88′ Troy Deeney (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.Posted at 87′ Attempt missed. José Izquierdo (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Markus Suttner.Posted at 85′ Foul by Shane Duffy (Brighton and Hove Albion).Posted at 85′ Troy Deeney (Watford) wins a free kick on the left wing.Posted at 84′ Foul by Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion).Posted at 84′ Kiko Femenía (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.SubstitutionPosted at 83′ Substitution, Watford. Troy Deeney replaces Andre Gray.Posted at 83′ Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Liam Rosenior tries a through ball, but José Izquierdo is caught offside.SubstitutionPosted at 81′ Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. José Izquierdo replaces Anthony Knockaert.Posted at 80′ Attempt missed. Andre Gray (Watford) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the left. Assisted by Richarlison.Posted at 79′ Tomer Hemed (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.Posted at 79′ Foul by Sebastian Prödl (Watford).Posted at 76′ Attempt missed. Shane Duffy (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Pascal Groß with a cross following a corner.Posted at 75′ Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Sebastian Prödl.Posted at 75′ Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Nathaniel Chalobah.Posted at 75′ Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Heurelho Gomes.Posted at 75′ Attempt saved. Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Davy Pröpper with a headed pass.Posted at 74′ Attempt blocked. Richarlison (Watford) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kiko Femenía.Posted at 73′ Corner, Watford. Conceded by Davy Pröpper.Posted at 72′ Foul by Pascal Groß (Brighton and Hove Albion).Posted at 72′ Abdoulaye Doucouré (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 71′ Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Dale Stephens tries a through ball, but Tomer Hemed is caught offside.Posted at 68′ Attempt missed. Richarlison (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Sebastian Prödl.Posted at 67′ Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Sebastian Prödl.Posted at 67′ Attempt missed. Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Solly March with a cross.Posted at 65′ Foul by Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion).Posted at 65′ Richarlison (Watford) wins a free kick on the left wing.Posted at 63′ Delay over. They are ready to continue.Posted at 62′ Delay in match Liam Rosenior (Brighton and Hove Albion) because of an injury.Posted at 61′ Foul by Shane Duffy (Brighton and Hove Albion).Posted at 61′ Nathaniel Chalobah (Watford) wins a free kick on the left wing.Show more updatesgoal
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