Watford 1-0 Brighton

A 77th-minute goal from Troy Deeney helped struggling Watford to an important win over Brighton.

Deeney hit his first goal for almost 12 months just two minutes after coming on as a substitute for the Hornets.

Brighton, who lost midfielder Liam Bridcutt to a first-half injury, have stretched their winless run in the Championship to nine games.

This is Watford's fourth league win of the season and moves them four points clear of the relegation zone.

It was a deserved victory for Watford that was secured when Deeney collected Chris Iwelumo's knock-down, and after seeing his initial effort blocked by goalkeeper Steve Harper, followed up to convert the rebound.

Sean Dyche's side were dominant in the first-half and Adrian Mariappa headed against a post.

'I am not a magician', says Poyet

As they did in Saturday's goalless draw at Birmingham, the Seagulls improved in the second half as they started to spread the ball around, but they failed to register a single shot on target, and have now failed to score in four of their last five matches.

Dyche was pleased that his decision to introduce Deeney from the bench paid immediate dividends, saying: "I am actually delighted for Troy because he works very hard for us and often fills in a number of positions and sometimes comes out of the team when it's a hard decision.

"It's a hard one for him but he's professional, works very hard for us, is good around the group and we respect him for that."

Dyche content with 'scrappy' win

Brighton manager Gus Poyet was disappointed with his team's display but promised he would not change his philosophy of stylish football in order to stop the run of poor results.

He said: "I don't remember the last time we were so poor. We got what we deserved.

"We've got a way of playing football that's my way, we're trying to create an identity in the football club that's mine and at the moment the team is not capable of passing and moving the ball and playing football.

"Reasons? I can start crying that we're missing important players, blah, blah, blah... it doesn't matter. When you've got the chance to jump in there and you train one way to play that way and don't perform, there's no excuses."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (5)

Watford

  • 01 Loach
  • 02 Hodson
  • 03 Dickinson
  • 06 Mariappa
  • 33 Nosworthy
  • 07 Yeates (Kightly - 61' )
  • 11 Forsyth Booked (Deeney - 75' Booked )
  • 19 Buaben Booked
  • 32 Hogg
  • 10 Iwelumo
  • 20 Sordell

Substitutes

  • 13 Gilmartin
  • 21 Mirfin
  • 14 Jenkins
  • 18 Kightly
  • 09 Deeney

Brighton

  • 21 Harper
  • 03 Greer
  • 14 Calderon
  • 20 Vincelot
  • 22 Painter
  • 10 Sparrow (LuaLua - 82' )
  • 11 Noone
  • 17 Harley (Barnes - 71' )
  • 26 Bridcutt (Taricco - 30' Booked )
  • 12 Mackail-Smith
  • 13 Paynter

Substitutes

  • 16 Ankergren
  • 27 Taricco
  • 08 Navarro
  • 25 LuaLua
  • 09 Barnes
Ref: Langford
Att: 11,818

Match Stats

Shots

15 5

On target

7 0

Corners

3 4

Fouls

16 7

Live Text Commentary

94:15 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

90:00 +1:38

Unfair challenge on Kazenga LuaLua by Troy Deeney results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Steve Harper.

89:12 Booking

Booking Troy Deeney receives a yellow card.

87:30

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Craig Noone from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Marvin Sordell.

85:53

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Craig Noone by Michael Kightly. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Craig Noone from right channel, save made by Scott Loach.

85:47

Marcos Painter sends in a cross, Adrian Mariappa makes a clearance.

85:32

Prince Buaben gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ashley Barnes. Free kick taken by Inigo Calderon.

84:18

Kazenga LuaLua challenges Prince Buaben unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Adrian Mariappa.

83:14

Kazenga LuaLua sends in a cross, Shot from just outside the box by Ashley Barnes misses to the right of the goal.

82:17

Michael Kightly takes a shot. Steve Harper makes a save.

81:31

Michael Kightly restarts play with the free kick.

81:31 Substitution

Substitution Kazenga LuaLua joins the action as a substitute, replacing Matthew Sparrow.

81:31

Unfair challenge on Jonathan Hogg by Matthew Sparrow results in a free kick.

81:07

Michael Kightly produces a cross, Troy Deeney takes a shot. Blocked by Inigo Calderon.

76:14 Goal scored

Goal! - Troy Deeney - Watford 1 - 0 Brighton Troy Deeney fires in a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Watford 1-0 Brighton.

75:19

Troy Deeney takes a shot. Blocked by Gordon Greer.

74:30 Substitution

Substitution Troy Deeney joins the action as a substitute, replacing Craig Forsyth.

73:47

Craig Forsyth delivers the ball.

72:12

Craig Noone takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Gordon Greer produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand post.

70:40

Billy Paynter challenges Nyron Nosworthy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Scott Loach.

70:05 Substitution

Substitution Ashley Barnes replaces Ryan Harley.

67:42

Foul by Jonathan Hogg on Matthew Sparrow, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Matthew Sparrow.

67:06

The ball is delivered by Lee Hodson, clearance by Billy Paynter.

66:32

Corner taken right-footed by Michael Kightly from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Craig Mackail-Smith.

66:23

Lee Hodson sends in a cross, blocked by Gordon Greer.

63:49

Chris Iwelumo challenges Gordon Greer unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Steve Harper.

62:46

Marcos Painter delivers the ball, Adrian Mariappa manages to make a clearance.

62:04

Craig Mackail-Smith is adjudged to have handled the ball. Free kick taken by Scott Loach.

60:30 Substitution

Substitution Michael Kightly joins the action as a substitute, replacing Mark Yeates.

59:24

The ball is sent over by Craig Noone, save made by Scott Loach.

55:10

Marvin Sordell takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.

53:31

Chris Iwelumo concedes a free kick for a foul on Inigo Calderon. Steve Harper takes the direct free kick.

52:44

The official flags Billy Paynter offside. Scott Loach takes the free kick.

50:18

Carl Dickinson concedes a free kick for a foul on Billy Paynter. Craig Noone restarts play with the free kick.

47:42

Shot from long range by Ryan Harley goes wide of the left-hand upright.

47:11

Corner taken left-footed by Craig Noone to the near post, Marvin Sordell manages to make a clearance.

45:29

Shot by Marvin Sordell from outside the box goes over the target.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:00 +3:08 Half time

Half Time The first half comes to an end.

45:00 +0:34

Jonathan Hogg fouled by Matthew Sparrow, the ref awards a free kick. Jonathan Hogg takes the direct free kick.

44:51

Billy Paynter delivers the ball, clearance made by Carl Dickinson.

44:33

Marvin Sordell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Romain Vincelot. Gordon Greer takes the direct free kick.

43:40

Marcos Painter delivers the ball.

42:46

Mark Yeates produces a cross, clearance by Inigo Calderon.

39:35

Short corner taken by Matthew Sparrow from the left by-line.

38:27

Craig Noone produces a left-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses wide left of the target.

37:56

The ball is swung over by Jonathan Hogg, Mauricio Taricco makes a clearance.

37:14

Craig Noone crosses the ball, Nyron Nosworthy makes a clearance.

36:25

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jonathan Hogg on Billy Paynter. Romain Vincelot restarts play with the free kick.

34:54

Mark Yeates shoots direct from the free kick.

34:54 Booking

Booking The referee shows Mauricio Taricco a yellow card.

34:44

Free kick awarded for a foul by Mauricio Taricco on Craig Forsyth.

33:50

Romain Vincelot fouled by Prince Buaben, the ref awards a free kick. Romain Vincelot takes the direct free kick.

33:00

Marvin Sordell takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.

31:53

Craig Noone crosses the ball, clearance by Lee Hodson.

31:03

Steve Harper restarts play with the free kick.

31:03 Booking

Booking Craig Forsyth receives a yellow card.

30:39

Unfair challenge on Mauricio Taricco by Craig Forsyth results in a free kick.

29:51

Unfair challenge on Marvin Sordell by Romain Vincelot results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Scott Loach.

29:05 Substitution

Substitution Mauricio Taricco on for Liam Bridcutt.

27:40

Ryan Harley crosses the ball in from the free kick, Craig Forsyth manages to make a clearance.

27:40 Booking

Booking Prince Buaben goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

27:08

Free kick awarded for a foul by Prince Buaben on Marcos Painter.

24:06

A cross is delivered by Lee Hodson, Headed effort from inside the area by Marvin Sordell misses to the left of the goal.

20:37

Chris Iwelumo challenges Matthew Sparrow unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Steve Harper.

18:30

The ball is delivered by Lee Hodson, Romain Vincelot manages to make a clearance.

16:23

Craig Noone crosses the ball, Jonathan Hogg manages to make a clearance.

15:55

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Billy Paynter by Adrian Mariappa. Direct free kick taken by Liam Bridcutt.

14:46

Mark Yeates takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Inigo Calderon fouled by Adrian Mariappa, the ref awards a free kick. Steve Harper restarts play with the free kick.

13:39

Craig Noone takes a shot from inside the box clearing the bar.

13:16

Craig Noone delivers the ball, clearance made by Nyron Nosworthy.

9:52

Ryan Harley concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonathan Hogg. Mark Yeates delivers the ball, Header by Adrian Mariappa from inside the area hits the post.

9:14

Chris Iwelumo concedes a free kick for a foul on Romain Vincelot. Direct free kick taken by Gordon Greer.

8:44

Lee Hodson sends in a cross, Craig Forsyth takes a shot. Save by Steve Harper.

7:44

Mark Yeates has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the target.

7:36

The ball is swung over by Lee Hodson, clearance by Gordon Greer.

5:41

Mark Yeates sends in a cross, Gordon Greer manages to make a clearance.

2:30

Mark Yeates takes the inswinging corner, Craig Mackail-Smith makes a clearance.

2:17

Marvin Sordell takes a shot. Save by Steve Harper.

1:14

Prince Buaben produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target.

0:53

Craig Forsyth sends in a cross, Marvin Sordell takes a shot. Gordon Greer manages to make a clearance.

0:00

The match begins.

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