Writer: Tom Bodell
Date:Monday October 28 2013
WATFORD were robbed of all three points at Brighton thanks to the officials failure to spot that Fernando Forestieri`s second-half effort had crossed the line immediately after the re-start.
Sean Murray put Watford ahead after four minutes, driving home off Brighton`s on-loan defender Stephen Ward from outside the area. Brighton equalised through Andrew Crofts shortly after Watford were denied a second when the official failed to see a Forestieri shot had crossed the line.
Gianfranco Zola brought the fit again Troy Deeney into the side for Diego Fabbrini, with Lloyd Doyley and Murray coming in for Essaid Belkalem and Iriney.
Brighton head coach Oscar Garcia - shorn of a number of key players due to a crippling injury list - started with Jake Forster-Caskey in the midfield, whilst Bruno Saltor and Crofts were both passed fit to start.
Despite a 15-minute delay to kick-off due to traffic problems in the area, Watford shot out the blocks and took the lead with virtually their first attack of the game.
Fed by Deeney, Murray strode forward before firing in off the shoulder of Brighton left-back Ward, the ball looping over former Hornets loanee Tomasz Kuszczak in the Albion goal.
Three minutes later Lewis McGugan burst away from the attentions of his market before gently guiding a deft right-footed effort narrowly wide of Kuszczak`s left-hand post from the edge of the 18-yard box.
Just before the quarter hour mark Watford were indebted to skipper Manuel Almunia when the Spaniard rose well to push Ashley Barnes` header over following Will Buckley` teasing centre.
Another Buckley cross could have resulted in a goal after 21 minutes, Craig Conway getting up highest at the far post to nod agonizingly wide.
The impressive Murray tried his luck again five minutes before the break, but Kuszczak was equal to the midfielder`s 20-yard chip.
Only good defending from Gabriele Angella a minute before the break denied Brighton a leveller; the Italian blocking Barnes` route to goal after Buckley`s low centre had picked out the forward inside the six yard box.
For all the world Watford looked to half doubled their lead immediately after the break, Forestieri beating Kuszczak one-on-one, Albion skipper Gordon Greer to mis-controlling the ball over the line only for referee Keith Hill to inexplicably fail to award the goal.
Nine minutes into the second period, Watford were punished for the poor officiating when Crofts hooked a half-volley beyond Almunia after an Albion corner had been fortuitously knocked into his path.
Albion right-back Bruno should have been given a second yellow when he scythed down Deeney from behind as the forward strode into the penalty area and from the resulting free-kick, McGugan tested Kuszczak with a dipping free-kick.
With the game petering out, Buckley had a couple of attempts from distance, first slipping at the crucial moment before lacing one wide; shooting low into the body of Almunia shortly after with the Spaniard down to claim easily.
With five minutes to play Forestieri saw Lady Luck desert him once more, the little Argentine seeing his header from a Davide Faraoni cross bounce out off the inside of the right-hand post.
Brighton broke and were denied by the agility of Almunia who sprung to his left to push away Croft`s fierce drive for a corner.
The Hornets then broke themselves - led by substitute Fabbrini - who`s mazy run resulted in a cut-back which Forestieri ended up collapsing on top of when poised from six yards.
In injury-time Watford continued to push for a winner, building the play patiently around the penalty area before Forestieri crossed for Angella to send an overhead kick wide of the far post.
Watford: Almunia (capt); Doyley, Ekstrand (Fabbrini), Angella; Faraoni, McGugan, McEachran, Murray, Pudil; Deeney & Forestieri.
Subs not used: Bond (GK), Battocchio, Acuna, Anya, Iriney & Cassetti.
Brighton & Hove Albion: Kuszczak; Bruno, Greer (capt), Upson, Ward (Calderon); Andrews, Crofts, Forster-Caskey; Buckley, Barnes & Conway (Lita).
Subs not used: Ankergren (GK), El-Abd, Ince, David & March.
Attendance: 27 657 (1256 Watford)
Referee: Mr K Hill
Date:Monday October 28 2013
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