Brighton and Hove Albion 2 Watford 2

Brighton and Hove Albion 2 Watford 2Brighton and Hove Albion’s final hopes of making the play-off spots came to an end after drawing 2-2 at home with Watford last night.

Albion fans will be disappointed that they will miss out on the chance to make it to the Premiership at the first time of asking but they can be proud of their team’s second half comeback last night.

Watford were seemingly in control when Sean Murray scored a free-kick and Troy Deeney bagged a penalty to make the score 2-0.

However, two second half goals from Inigo Calderon and Will Buckley levelled the scores and the game ended with Albion now seven points off the play-offs with two games to go.

Gus Poyet made six changes to the side that lost 6-0 to West Ham on Saturday in an attempt to avoid a fourth successive defeat, the most interesting was the inclusion of David Gonzalez in goal to make his first-team debut for the club.

Gonzalez’s first act in a Brighton shirt was to pick the ball out of the back of the net after Murray curled in a fantastic free-kick from 25 yards.

Just before half time, a rash tackle from Ashley Barnes on Jonathan Hogg in the allowed Watford to double their lead from the spot. Troy Deeney stepped up and slammed the ball home, leaving Brighton booed off by their own fans at half-time.

Early into the second half the home side began their comeback when their skipper Calderon pulled one back. The right-back charged forward and after two attempts he smashed the ball passed Tomasz Kuszczak in the Watford goal.

With just 11 minutes left on the clock the Seagulls were level when Buckley finished off Vicente’s cross.

After the game Poyet was obviously unhappy with a section of Brighton fans who took it upon themselves to boo their club at half time.

Speaking to the BBC, he said: “The booing is not acceptable, I would like to tell them not to come if they don’t like it, if they don’t like the way we play, stay at home.

“There’s something wrong in this football club, maybe it’s time we told them what they can expect. I don’t know the last time Brighton were in the top 10 of the Championship.

“There were too many things wrong tonight, too many on the pitch and off the pitch. But it’s the first time I’ve seen a reaction like that from the stands.

“Maybe I should say it was a minority but I didn’t like it. They are being unfair on an unbelievable group of players who have brought joy to this football club.”


Albion: (4-4-2) Gonzalez; Calderon, El-Abd, Dunk, Painter (Vincelot 46); Buckley, Bridcutt, Dicker, LuaLua (Vicente 58); Barnes, Mackail-Smith. Subs not used: Ankergren (GK), Assulin, Noone.

Goals: Calderon (55), Buckley (79)

Watford: (4-4-2) Kuszczak; Doyley, Nosworthy, Taylor, Dickinson; Murray, Buaben (Assombalonga 90), Eustace, Hogg; Iwelumo (Garner 84), Deeney. Subs not used: Loach (GK), Bennett, Whichelow.

Goals: Murray (6), Deeney (44’)

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