After a thrilling 3-3 draw against West Ham, Brighton were, of course, eager to move away from the relegation zone. On the other hand, Watford were looking to bounce back after the 3-2 loss against Everton last week. So this match was essentially important for both teams. Watford scored twice, but could not both in the same net.
The First Half
Brighton started the first half by attacking the guests very actively. Accordingly, they earned three corners in the first three minutes, but they could not transform any of those into a goal.
In spite of Brighton’s frequent attempts and distinct advantage on ball possession, Watford were the first who opened the score with Abdoulaye Doucoure’s sudden goal at the 19th minute. It was Watford’s very first attempt, and they managed to transform it into the goal.
Doucoure made a great solo run and pulled the trigger from inside the box, beating Mathew Ryan with a strike into the right side of the net. Accordingly, he made it 0:1.
The Second Half
Both teams started the second half actively enough. The match became more tense and unpredictable. At the beginning of the second half, we clearly witnessed how Brighton increased their pressure on the defenders of Watford. But in spite of too many attempts and tensed moments near both nets, we could barely see any sides scoring.
We were just to consider the half being dull, something weird happened. At the 78th minute, Adrian Mariappa conceded a goal into his own net while attempting to block the ball after a cross. Instead, he sent it into the top left corner of his own goalpost. It was frustrating for Pearson as they finished the game with a 1-1 Drow instead of an almost guaranteed victory.