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Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kazenga LuaLua by Troy Deeney. Steve Harper takes the direct free kick.
Troy Deeney goes into the referee's book.
Corner taken by Craig Noone played to the near post, clearance made by Marvin Sordell.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Craig Noone by Michael Kightly. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Craig Noone, save by Scott Loach.
Marcos Painter produces a cross, Adrian Mariappa manages to make a clearance.
Ashley Barnes fouled by Prince Buaben, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Inigo Calderon.
Kazenga LuaLua concedes a free kick for a foul on Prince Buaben. Adrian Mariappa restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is swung over by Kazenga LuaLua, Ashley Barnes has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Michael Kightly takes a shot. Save by Steve Harper.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Matthew Sparrow on Jonathan Hogg. Kazenga LuaLua joins the action as a substitute, replacing Matthew Sparrow. Michael Kightly takes the direct free kick.
Michael Kightly crosses the ball, Troy Deeney takes a shot. Inigo Calderon gets a block in.
Troy Deeney grabs a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Watford 1-0 Brighton.
Troy Deeney takes a shot. Gordon Greer gets a block in.
Craig Forsyth goes off and Troy Deeney comes on.
The ball is delivered by Craig Forsyth.
Craig Noone takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Gordon Greer has an effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the goal.
Billy Paynter gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nyron Nosworthy. Free kick taken by Scott Loach.
Ryan Harley goes off and Ashley Barnes comes on.
Jonathan Hogg gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Matthew Sparrow. Matthew Sparrow takes the direct free kick.
The ball is sent over by Lee Hodson, clearance made by Billy Paynter.
Corner taken by Michael Kightly from the left by-line played to the near post, Craig Mackail-Smith manages to make a clearance.
Lee Hodson crosses the ball, blocked by Gordon Greer.
Chris Iwelumo concedes a free kick for a foul on Gordon Greer. Free kick taken by Steve Harper.
The ball is delivered by Marcos Painter, Adrian Mariappa manages to make a clearance.
Handball by Craig Mackail-Smith. Scott Loach takes the free kick.
Michael Kightly comes on in place of Mark Yeates.
Centre by Craig Noone, save by Scott Loach.
Marvin Sordell produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.
Foul by Chris Iwelumo on Inigo Calderon, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Steve Harper.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Billy Paynter. Scott Loach takes the indirect free kick.
Carl Dickinson concedes a free kick for a foul on Billy Paynter. Craig Noone restarts play with the free kick.
Ryan Harley produces a left-footed shot from long distance which goes wide right of the goal.
Craig Noone takes a outswinging corner to the near post, Marvin Sordell manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Matthew Sparrow on Jonathan Hogg. Jonathan Hogg takes the free kick.
Shot from just outside the area by Marvin Sordell goes over the bar.
Billy Paynter crosses the ball, clearance by Carl Dickinson.
Romain Vincelot fouled by Marvin Sordell, the ref awards a free kick. Gordon Greer takes the free kick.
Centre by Marcos Painter.
The ball is crossed by Mark Yeates, clearance by Inigo Calderon.
Matthew Sparrow decides to take a short corner.
Craig Noone has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide left of the goal.
A cross is delivered by Jonathan Hogg, Mauricio Taricco makes a clearance.
The ball is sent over by Craig Noone, clearance by Nyron Nosworthy.
Jonathan Hogg challenges Billy Paynter unfairly and gives away a free kick. Romain Vincelot restarts play with the free kick.
Craig Forsyth fouled by Mauricio Taricco, the ref awards a free kick. Mauricio Taricco is booked. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Mark Yeates.
Prince Buaben concedes a free kick for a foul on Romain Vincelot. Direct free kick taken by Romain Vincelot.
Effort on goal by Marvin Sordell from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Craig Noone sends in a cross, Lee Hodson makes a clearance.
Foul by Craig Forsyth on Mauricio Taricco, free kick awarded. Craig Forsyth is booked. Direct free kick taken by Steve Harper.
Foul by Romain Vincelot on Marvin Sordell, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Scott Loach.
Liam Bridcutt goes off and Mauricio Taricco comes on.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marcos Painter by Prince Buaben. Prince Buaben is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Ryan Harley, Craig Forsyth makes a clearance.
Lee Hodson crosses the ball, Marvin Sordell has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Iwelumo on Matthew Sparrow. Steve Harper takes the free kick.
Centre by Lee Hodson, Romain Vincelot makes a clearance.
Craig Noone crosses the ball, clearance made by Jonathan Hogg.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Billy Paynter by Adrian Mariappa. Liam Bridcutt restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken by Mark Yeates from the left by-line to the near post, Unfair challenge on Inigo Calderon by Adrian Mariappa results in a free kick. Steve Harper takes the direct free kick.
Effort on goal by Craig Noone from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
Craig Noone produces a cross, Nyron Nosworthy manages to make a clearance.
Jonathan Hogg fouled by Ryan Harley, the ref awards a free kick. The ball is sent over by Mark Yeates, Header by Adrian Mariappa from inside the area hits the post.
Romain Vincelot fouled by Chris Iwelumo, the ref awards a free kick. Gordon Greer takes the direct free kick.
Lee Hodson sends in a cross, Craig Forsyth takes a shot. Steve Harper makes a save.
Shot from outside the penalty box by Mark Yeates goes wide right of the goal.
The ball is swung over by Lee Hodson, clearance by Gordon Greer.
The ball is crossed by Mark Yeates, clearance by Gordon Greer.
Mark Yeates takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Craig Mackail-Smith.
Marvin Sordell takes a shot. Save made by Steve Harper.
Prince Buaben has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
The ball is delivered by Craig Forsyth, Marvin Sordell takes a shot. Gordon Greer makes a clearance.
Hornets monitor quartet
Watford hope to receive a boost ahead of the visit of Brighton as they assess a key quartet.
Skipper John Eustace (back) and defender Lloyd Doyley (thigh) stand an outside chance of featuring at Vicarage Road having missed Saturday`s thrilling 3-2 victory over Peterborough, a win which ended a run of four successive defeats.
On-loan pair Michael Kightly and Craig Beattie, who was hoping to make his debut following his switch from Swansea, were also ruled out with hamstring injuries.
The latter pair will be monitored prior to the clash, although it is Eustace and Doyley who stand a better prospect of returning in time to face a Seagulls side who are winless in eight league matches.
Centre-back Martin Taylor continues to miss out with his collarbone complaint, as does midfielder Stephen McGinn (knee).
Gonzalo Jara Reyes should be fit for Brighton but Will Buckley misses out on a return to his former club.
Chile international Reyes suffered a knee injury during Saturday's goalless draw at Birmingham but boss Gus Poyet expects him to be available.
However, winger Buckley tweaked a hamstring during the warm-up at St Andrew`s and has been ruled out.
Midfielder Vicente and striker Will Hoskins are out with thigh injuries and join long-term absentees Gary Dicker (leg), Adam El-Abd (foot) and Tommy Elphick on the sidelines.
Defender Lewis Dunk is pushing to return after he was rested on Saturday and on-loan Leeds forward Billy Paynter could start after impressing on his debut as a substitute.
Hornets claim narrow win
Troy Deeney's first goal of the season handed Watford a second successive victory as they beat Brighton 1-0 in the npower Championship.
The substitute had been on the pitch just 104 seconds when he broke the deadlock in the 77th minute, collecting Chris Iwelumo's knock-down and seeing his initial sloppy effort blocked by goalkeeper Steve Harper before following up to convert the rebound.
It was a deserved victory for the Hornets based on their dominant first-half display, in which Harper was in fine form and Adrian Mariappa headed against a post.
The Seagulls stepped up a gear in what was a low-key second period but still failed to register a single shot on target as their winless sequence stretched to nine successive league matches, with the south-coast outfit having failed to score in four of their last five.
It was only a third win of the season for Sean Dyche's lowly Watford, who have opened up a four-point gap over third-bottom Coventry.
For the second successive match Brighton sustained injury in the pre-match warm-up, right-back Gonzalo Jara Reyes the man to make way with Ryan Harley coming into midfield.
Billy Paynter was also handed his full debut after last week's loan move from Leeds.
Watford, meanwhile, remained unchanged following their 3-2 victory over Peterborough.
And it was the hosts who made a blistering start to proceedings.
Mark Yeates saw his shot well saved by Brighton goalkeeper Harper with just a minute on the clock before Prince Buaben fired the rebound wide.
Harper was quickly called into action soon after to turn Marvin Sordell's angled shot around a post.
Craig Forsyth was next to test the on-loan Newcastle stopper before Mariappa, wearing the captain's armband in the absence of the injured John Eustace, sent a header against the foot of a post from Yeates' free-kick.
Watford were reminded of the visitors' threat when Craig Noone fired narrowly wide of the upright following some sloppy defending from the hosts.
Brighton boss Gus Poyet was forced into another unwanted change after 30 minutes when he lost Liam Bridcutt to injury, with player/assistant manger Mauricio Taricco coming on to replace him.
The early excitement subsided somewhat as the first half wore on but Sordell did twice go close for the Hornets, with a header and half-volley both flying off target.
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.
Watford were struggling to impose themselves in the same manner as they did in the first half and manager Dyche introduced on-loan Wolves winger Michael Kightly from the bench on the hour mark.
The majority of the 11,818 inside Vicarage Road saw an appeal for handball waved away.
At the other end, Gordon Greer's flick-on found the side-netting but there was considerably less action after the restart.
That was until Deeney proved his worth within two minutes of stepping off the bench.
The former Walsall man was denied a second by a good block from substitute Ashley Barnes, but it was he who remained the matchwinner come the final whistle.
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