MATCH REPORT: Brighton & Hove Albion 1 – 1 Watford

Adrian Mariappa’s own goal helped rescue a point for Graham Potter’s Brighton side. 

The Watford defender’s horror moment denied the Hornets from climbing out of the relegation zone, as Brighton managed to steal a point away from Watford – despite leading the fixture for 59 minutes. 

Nigel Pearson’s rejuvenated Watford side took the lead at the Amex, with Abdoulaye Doucoure drawing first blood for the Hornets. 

The French midfielder capitalised on a somewhat lackadaisical Brighton defence and his strike from distance was out-of-reach for Mat Ryan, which gifted Watford the lead in the 18th minute. 

Kevin Friend, in charge of today’s proceedings, denied Albion a penalty ten minutes later which left Brighton fans outraged. Ezequiel Schelotto attempted to latch onto a loose ball in the penalty area but Watford’s Gerard Deulofeu collided with the Brighton defender, with Friend waving away the appeals. 

Graham Potter’s half-time team talk seemingly made an impact on his side, as they appeared to be far more energetic and positive within the opening periods of the second half. 

Throughout the second half, Albion continued to pile on the pressure with Watford seemingly having their backs against the wall and tried to hold onto, what would be, an important win for Watford. 

Finally, Brighton found their greatly-anticipated equaliser with ten minutes to play, through the heroics of substitute Alireza Jahanbakhsh. The super sub’s cross from the right-hand side forced an error from Adrian Mariappa, as he converted into his own net to level the scores. 

With this result, Brighton now sit three points above relegation whilst Watford are still in danger of the drop. 

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