Brighton's slim hopes of claiming a Championship play-off spot are over despite them coming from two goals down to snatch a draw with Watford.

Albion were facing defeat after Sean Murray's free-kick and a Troy Deeney penalty put the Hornets in control.

But Inigo Calderon pulled one back and Will Buckley scored a late goal against his former club to salvage a point.

However, this was not enough for Albion who are now seven points off the play-offs with two games left to play.

Gus Poyet's men can take some solace from the fact they avoided a fourth successive defeat and will reflect back on what has been a successful first season back in the second tier of English football.

This was a third successive draw for Watford against teams in and around the play-offs and it leaves them 13th on 60 points.

Poyet made six changes from the 6-0 drubbing at West Ham on Saturday, including giving a debut to former Manchester City reserve goalkeeper David Gonzalez.

His first act, though, was to pick the ball out of the net after Football League young player of the month Murray curled in a superb free-kick from 25 yards.

Ashley Barnes' rash tackle from behind on Jonathan Hogg in the area gave Deeney the chance to double Watford's lead from the spot and he made no mistake, leaving the home side to be booed off by their own fans at half-time.

Brighton were given hope nine minutes into the second half when captain Calderon charged forward from right-back and lashed the ball past Kuszczak at the second attempt and, with 11 minutes to go, Buckley grabbed his side a point by tucking in substitute Vicente's cross.

Brighton manager Gus Poyet:

"The booing is not acceptable, I would like to tell them not to come if they don't like it, if they don't like the way we play, stay at home.

"There's something wrong in this football club, maybe it's time we told them what they can expect. I don't know the last time Brighton were in the top 10 of the Championship.

"There were too many things wrong tonight, too many on the pitch and off the pitch. But it's the first time I've seen a reaction like that from the stands.

"Maybe I should say it was a minority but I didn't like it. They are being unfair on an unbelievable group of players who have brought joy to this football club."

Watford manager Sean Dyche:

"He's [Sean Murray] a very talented young man who is enjoying his football which we have given him the freedom to do.

"He's got a nice manner about him, he works very hard and when you throw in his talent it's a nice mixture.

"We played to win in the first half. To go two up at Brighton, with their home record, and make them play it long at times is very pleasing."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (4)

Brighton

  • 21 Gonzalez
  • 05 Dunk
  • 06 El-Abd Booked
  • 14 Calderon
  • 22 Painter (Vincelot - 46' )
  • 18 Dicker
  • 25 LuaLua (Vicente - 57' )
  • 26 Bridcutt
  • 30 Buckley
  • 09 Barnes
  • 12 Mackail-Smith

Substitutes

  • 16 Ankergren
  • 20 Vincelot
  • 11 Noone
  • 15 Vicente
  • 13 Assulin

Watford

  • 35 Kuszczak
  • 03 Dickinson Booked
  • 05 Taylor
  • 12 Doyley Booked
  • 33 Nosworthy
  • 04 Eustace Booked
  • 19 Buaben (Assombalonga - 90' )
  • 22 Murray
  • 32 Hogg
  • 09 Deeney
  • 10 Iwelumo (Garner - 84' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Loach
  • 17 Bennett
  • 24 Whichelow
  • 26 Assombalonga
  • 25 Garner
Ref: Mathieson
Att: 19,189

Match Stats

Shots

16 8

On target

8 4

Corners

6 5

Fouls

7 11

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:31 Full time

Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.

90:00 +4:21

Rodriguez Vicente takes a outswinging corner.

89:43 Substitution

Substitution Prince Buaben goes off and Britt Assombalonga comes on.

87:49

John Eustace is adjudged to have handled the ball. David Gonzalez takes the direct free kick.

86:44

Free kick crossed right-footed by Sean Murray, Will Buckley manages to make a clearance.

86:44 Booking

Booking Adam El-Abd receives a caution.

86:35

Adam El-Abd challenges Joe Garner unfairly and gives away a free kick.

82:57 Substitution

Substitution Joe Garner on for Chris Iwelumo.

82:57

Craig Mackail-Smith has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the target.

81:53

Corner from the left by-line taken by Sean Murray, Effort from inside the area by Nyron Nosworthy misses to the right of the goal.

80:22

The offside flag is raised against Chris Iwelumo. Indirect free kick taken by David Gonzalez.

78:26

Assist by Rodriguez Vicente.

78:26 Goal scored

Goal! - Will Buckley - Brighton 2 - 2 Watford Will Buckley scores a goal from deep inside the penalty area low into the middle of the goal. Brighton 2-2 Watford.

75:09

Ashley Barnes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Hogg. Sean Murray delivers the ball, Troy Deeney takes a shot. Save made by David Gonzalez.

74:17

Adam El-Abd produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.

73:09

Corner taken left-footed by Rodriguez Vicente. Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Rodriguez Vicente.

64:19

Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Iwelumo on Romain Vincelot. Free kick taken by Liam Bridcutt.

63:08

Unfair challenge on Ashley Barnes by Prince Buaben results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Romain Vincelot.

61:22

Ashley Barnes takes a shot. Lloyd Doyley gets a block in. Rodriguez Vicente decides to take a short corner.

59:05

Romain Vincelot challenges Martin Taylor unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Tomasz Kuszczak.

56:46 Substitution

Substitution Rodriguez Vicente is brought on as a substitute for Kazenga LuaLua.

56:06

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Sean Murray from the right by-line, Lewis Dunk makes a clearance. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Sean Murray, Shot by Martin Taylor from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.

54:11 Goal scored

Goal! - Inigo Calderon - Brighton 1 - 2 Watford Inigo Calderon finds the back of the net with a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Brighton 1-2 Watford.

54:07

Inigo Calderon takes a shot. Save by Tomasz Kuszczak.

49:44

Effort from deep inside the area by Craig Mackail-Smith misses to the right of the target. Effort from just outside the area by Romain Vincelot goes over the bar.

49:19

Chris Iwelumo gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Liam Bridcutt. Adam El-Abd takes the free kick.

47:34

Direct free kick taken by Adam El-Abd.

47:34 Booking

Booking Lloyd Doyley is given a yellow card.

46:57

Lloyd Doyley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kazenga LuaLua.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Marcos Painter goes off and Romain Vincelot comes on.

45:00 +3:51 Half time

Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.

45:00 +3:11

Kazenga LuaLua takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Sean Murray.

45:00 +1:31

Foul by Kazenga LuaLua on Lloyd Doyley, free kick awarded. Tomasz Kuszczak restarts play with the free kick.

45:00 +0:13

Craig Mackail-Smith takes a shot. Comfortable save by Tomasz Kuszczak.

43:50

The assist for the goal came from Jonathan Hogg.

43:50 Goal scored

Goal! - Troy Deeney - Brighton 0 - 2 Watford Troy Deeney scores a placed penalty. Brighton 0-2 Watford.

42:48

Foul by Ashley Barnes on Jonathan Hogg, Penalty awarded.

40:08

Header by Will Buckley from inside the area hits the post.

38:49

Shot from long distance by Prince Buaben misses to the right of the goal.

34:39

Shot from just outside the area by Ashley Barnes misses to the right of the target.

33:23

Lewis Dunk restarts play with the free kick.

33:23 Booking

Booking Carl Dickinson goes into the referee's book.

32:59

Carl Dickinson challenges Kazenga LuaLua unfairly and gives away a free kick.

32:21

Troy Deeney takes a shot. Blocked by Adam El-Abd. Outswinging corner taken by Sean Murray.

30:59

Martin Taylor concedes a free kick for a foul on Craig Mackail-Smith. Free kick taken by Liam Bridcutt.

29:22

Foul by Martin Taylor on Craig Mackail-Smith, free kick awarded. Will Buckley takes the free kick.

28:11

Kazenga LuaLua takes a shot. Comfortable save by Tomasz Kuszczak.

27:19

Troy Deeney takes a shot. Comfortable save by David Gonzalez.

26:15

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Kazenga LuaLua from the left by-line, clearance made by Carl Dickinson.

20:13

Liam Bridcutt gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Iwelumo. Free kick crossed right-footed by Sean Murray, save by David Gonzalez.

19:23

Long range effort from Kazenga LuaLua misses to the left of the goal.

18:30

Will Buckley takes a shot. Save made by Tomasz Kuszczak.

15:21

Will Buckley fouled by Carl Dickinson, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Will Buckley. The referee penalises Ashley Barnes for handball. Tomasz Kuszczak restarts play with the free kick.

14:15

Direct free kick taken by Lewis Dunk.

14:15 Booking

Booking John Eustace booked.

13:28

Free kick awarded for a foul by John Eustace on Ashley Barnes.

8:45

Corner taken by Sean Murray from the right by-line. John Eustace takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.

7:32

Marcos Painter produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.

5:19

Assist by Troy Deeney.

5:19 Goal scored

Goal! - Sean Murray - Brighton 0 - 1 Watford Sean Murray finds the net with a goal direct from the free kick from long range to the top left corner of the goal. Brighton 0-1 Watford.

4:38

Marcos Painter concedes a free kick for a foul on Troy Deeney.

4:20

Craig Mackail-Smith takes a shot. Save by Tomasz Kuszczak.

3:00

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Will Buckley by Carl Dickinson. Inigo Calderon takes the direct free kick.

1:21

Gary Dicker fouled by John Eustace, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Marcos Painter.

0:00

The referee gets the game started.

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