NERVOUS Brighton snatched their first win in eight video games to halt their worrying slide in the direction of the relegation dogfight.
Pascal Gross’ 64th-minute strike was sufficient to safe a vital three factors for Chris Hughton’s faltering group and get Watford trying anxiously over their shoulders.
However it was Watford keeper Heurelho Gomes who was the primary architect of his group’s downfall, diving proper excessive of Gross’ hopeful low shot at hand victory on a plate to Brighton.
The Seagulls had laid siege to the Watford penalty space early on in a determined bid to interrupt their latest objective drought.
However Tomer Hemed was twice unable to use a of completion to low crosses pushed into the hazard zone earlier than Anthony Knockaert’s poor first contact prevented him from profiting from a Gomes fumble.
Knockaert’s each contact was booed by the travelling Watford supporters – a legacy of his declare that Miguel Britos intentionally tried to injure him with a red-card problem when these groups met earlier within the season.
No Premier League group has a worse disciplinary file this season than Watford, who kicked off with Troy Deeney, Abdoulaye Doucoure and Marvin Zeegelaar all absent by suspension.
And so they have been lucky to not fall behind after half an hour when Connor Goldson was left completely unmarked to use a again publish header to Pascal Gross’ deep nook which Gomes did properly to show spherical.
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Goldson, deputising for the suspended Shane Duffy, was making his Premier League debut for Brighton after present process coronary heart surgical procedure in February.
And he might hardly have requested for a gentler introduction to top-flight soccer than an encounter with a Watford group who haven’t gained a sport since Everton tried to pinch supervisor Marco Silva greater than a month in the past.
It was not so way back that solely Manchester Metropolis had a greater away file than Watford, however the Hornets have misplaced their means in latest weeks and are fortunate that they nonetheless have half of the Premier League beneath them within the desk.
Their first shot heading in the right direction didn’t arrive till the 56th minute, when Richarlison’s effort was comfortably pushed away by Mat Ryan.
They’ve now managed only one level from their final six video games and should finish that worrying run at house to Leicester on Boxing Day to keep away from a stress-free New 12 months.