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  • English Npower Championship
  • 29 December 2012, 5:20pm
  • Amex Stadium
  • Attendance: 26,727
BrightonBrightonvWatfordWatford
1
  • David López, pen 65
3
  • Deeney, 54
  • Vydra, 68
  • Vydra, 69

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Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Watford 3.

90+5 mins:Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Watford 3.

90+4 mins:Foul by Neuton (Watford).

90+4 mins:Craig Mackail-Smith (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick.

90+3 mins:Foul by Neuton (Watford).

90+3 mins:Will Hoskins (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick.

90 mins:Geoffrey Mujangi Bia (Watford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

90 mins:Foul by Geoffrey Mujangi Bia (Watford).

90 mins:Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick.

87 mins:Foul by Geoffrey Mujangi Bia (Watford).

87 mins:Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick.

86 mins:Attempt saved. Will Hoskins (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved.

83 mins:Attempt blocked. Geoffrey Mujangi Bia (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

80 mins:Substitution, Watford. Christian Battocchio replaces Almen Abdi.

76 mins:Foul by Jonathan Hogg (Watford).

76 mins:Wayne Bridge (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick.

75 mins:Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Will Hoskins replaces Andrew Crofts.

75 mins:Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Stephen Dobbie replaces David López.

73 mins:Substitution, Watford. Geoffrey Mujangi Bia replaces Ikechi.

71 mins:Foul by Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion).

71 mins:Nathaniel Chalobah (Watford) wins a free kick.

69 mins:Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Watford 3. Matej Vydra (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

68 mins:Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Watford 2. Matej Vydra (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Jonathan Hogg.

67 mins:Attempt saved. Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

65 mins:Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Watford 1. David López (Brighton and Hove Albion) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

64 mins:Penalty conceded by Tommy Hoban (Watford) after a foul in the penalty area.

64 mins:Penalty Brighton and Hove Albion. Kazenga Lua Lua draws a foul in the penalty area.

61 mins:Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion.

59 mins:Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Ashley Barnes replaces Andrea Orlandi.

58 mins:Foul by Craig Mackail-Smith (Brighton and Hove Albion).

58 mins:Daniel Pudil (Watford) wins a free kick.

57 mins:Attempt missed. Nathaniel Chalobah (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

57 mins:Foul by Craig Mackail-Smith (Brighton and Hove Albion).

57 mins:Manuel Almunia (Watford) wins a free kick.

56 mins:Attempt saved. Adam El-Abd (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the left side of the box is saved. Assisted by Bruno with a cross.

55 mins:Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion.

54 mins:Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Watford 1. Troy Deeney (Watford) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the centre of the goal.

53 mins:Foul by Wayne Bridge (Brighton and Hove Albion).

53 mins:Ikechi (Watford) wins a free kick.

51 mins:Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion.

48 mins:Foul by Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion).

48 mins:Ikechi (Watford) wins a free kick.

Second Half begins Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Watford 0.

45+3 mins:First Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Watford 0.

45+2 mins:Attempt missed. Troy Deeney (Watford) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Almen Abdi with a cross.

45+1 mins:Corner, Watford.

45+1 mins:Attempt saved. Matej Vydra (Watford) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

45 mins:Attempt missed. Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

44 mins:Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion.

42 mins:Substitution, Watford. Neuton replaces Fitz Hall.

40 mins:Attempt saved. Craig Mackail-Smith (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved.

39 mins:Attempt missed. Matej Vydra (Watford) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

38 mins:Attempt saved. Almen Abdi (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

37 mins:Foul by Andrea Orlandi (Brighton and Hove Albion).

37 mins:Nathaniel Chalobah (Watford) wins a free kick.

36 mins:Corner, Watford.

35 mins:Corner, Watford.

35 mins:Corner, Watford.

31 mins:Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion.

29 mins:Almen Abdi (Watford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

28 mins:Foul by Almen Abdi (Watford).

28 mins:Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick.

27 mins:Attempt saved. Troy Deeney (Watford) header from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by Ikechi with a cross.

25 mins:Attempt saved. Jonathan Hogg (Watford) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved.

23 mins:Attempt blocked. Almen Abdi (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

22 mins:Adam El-Abd (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

22 mins:Foul by Adam El-Abd (Brighton and Hove Albion).

22 mins:Matej Vydra (Watford) wins a free kick.

20 mins:Attempt missed. Andrea Orlandi (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left from a direct free kick.

19 mins:Foul by Ikechi (Watford).

19 mins:Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick.

19 mins:Attempt saved. Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from long range on the left is saved.

10 mins:Attempt missed. Andrew Crofts (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

9 mins:Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. David López tries a through ball, but David López is caught offside.

8 mins:Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion.

7 mins:Attempt missed. Daniel Pudil (Watford) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Almen Abdi.

7 mins:Corner, Watford.

6 mins:Attempt saved. Andrea Orlandi (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

2 mins:Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Craig Mackail-Smith tries a through ball, but Craig Mackail-Smith is caught offside.

First Half begins.

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

  • English Npower Championship
  • 29 December 2012, 5:20pm
  • Amex Stadium
  • Attendance: 26,727
BrightonBrightonvWatfordWatford
1
  • David López, pen 65
3
  • Deeney, 54
  • Vydra, 68
  • Vydra, 69

match report

Matej Vydra scored twice as Watford cemented their place in the Championship play-off places with an impressive 3-1 win at Brighton.

The Czech striker took his tally for the season to 12 goals with two in the space of two second-half minutes to shoot down the Seagulls.

Brighton boss Gus Poyet was going head-to-head with his old Chelsea team-mate, Watford chief Gianfranco Zola, but a dour first half in the pouring rain left both sets of fans feeling the Blues.

However, the game came to life after the break when Troy Deeney grabbed his 50th career goal and David Lopez equalised for Brighton with a penalty before Vydra had the final word.

Watford could have gone ahead at the beginning and the end of that scrappy opening period.

Daniel Pudil gave Wayne Bridge the slip from Almen Abdi's early corner but put a free header over the crossbar.

And in stoppage time Albi's deep cross was met by Deeney but, once again, the striker could not get his header on target.

Mercifully, the second half was a far more entertaining affair with Watford breaking the deadlock after nine minutes.

Pudil's diagonal ball played in Deeney, who had peeled off his marker Adam El-Abd, and his low shot was powerful enough to fizz through Kuszczak's legs via his heel and into the back of the net.

But out of almost nothing Brighton managed to hit back 10 minutes later.

Kazenga LuaLua had been forced away from goal and towards the corner of the penalty area by Manuel Almunia, but Tommie Hoban saw fit to barge the winger over and referee Oliver Langford pointed to the spot.

Spaniard Lopez stepped up to score his second penalty in as many matches.

But Brighton were level for barely two minutes before Watford got a big slice of fortune.

Vydra was allowed to run unchecked towards the Brighton area but his shot took a huge deflection of El-Abd to loop over Kuszczak and into the net.

However, there was nothing lucky about Watford's third goal a minute later as Deeney, inside his own half, lifted the ball into the path of Vydra who outstripped the Brighton defence before coolly beating Kuszczak.

team line-up

29Tomasz Kuszczak
2Bruno
6Adam El-Abd
3Gordon Greer
28Wayne Bridge
26Liam Bridcutt
25Kazenga Lua Lua
21David López75
8Andrew Crofts75
11Andrea Orlandi59
12Craig Mackail-Smith

substitutes

9Ashley Barnes59
7Will Hoskins75
4Dean Hammond
5Lewis Dunk
10Stephen Dobbie75
1Peter Brezovan
18Gary Dicker

referee

Oliver Langford

team line-up

1Manuel Almunia
18Daniel Pudil
31Tommy Hoban
39Nathaniel Chalobah
40Lars Joel Ekstrand
6Fitz Hall42
8Jonathan Hogg
21Ikechi73
22Almen Abdi80
9Troy Deeney
20Matej Vydra

substitutes

37Geoffrey Mujangi Bia73
7Mark Yeates
41Fernando Forestieri
5Neuton42
36Alexandre Geijo
30Jonathan Bond
38Christian Battocchio80

referee

Oliver Langford

match stats

possession %5644
shots on target77
shots off target34
corners65
tackles won00
offsides20