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6:15 PM

Phew!

It's all over now - at least on Matchday Live anyway. Don't miss out on Match Review, which will be up later this evening.

 

The Watford players now head into the international break unbeaten, and after today's result they deserve some rest.

 

A well-earned point means that as it stands, the Hornets sit in 5th position in the Premier League, with five points from three games.

 

Club football returns, although at St.Marys, on the 9th September when we face Southampton.

 

Thanks again for all your support.

6:10 PM

Kaba Cam

6:05 PM

Instagram Snapshot

 

10 men, but still unbeaten 🐝⚽️ #watfordfc

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6:00 PM

Chalobah on Brighton and England

Nathaniel Chalobah spoke to Sky Sports after the final whistle about the result against the Seagulls:

 

"It was a tough game with the sending off early on, we had to stick in and dig deep. We will look at it [the sending off] another time. We did really well today.

 

"The transition has been very easy, I've settled in well with the team and I'm enjoying it. I feel like a goal is coming. I had a long range strike today which went just wide. The most important thing today was the point."

 

The former Chelsea man was also quiized on his recent call-up to the senior England squad:

 

It's very, very exciting. I was very happy when I got the message but I had to put that to one side because today was the most important thing. Now I'm looking forward to meeting up with the squad tomorrow.

 

"The Gaffer [Gareth Southgate] always said if I'm doing well at my club I've got a chance of getting into the squad. It's a matter of playing games and showing what you can do."

5:55 PM

“We showed we have character” - Kabasele

Christian Kabasele was imperious in defence this afternoon, and he spoke exclusively to watfordfc.com about the point gained against Brighton:

 

"I think we can be happy today. When you play 70 minutes with 10 men, you keep a clean sheet and you draw, it's a good result.

 

"It was hard but we showed we have character. We showed everybody wanted to get something even with 10 men."

 

Hear what else the big Belgian centre-half had to say on our Match Review page later this evening.

5:45 PM

“We fight to the end” - Gomes

Heurelho Gomes spoke to Premier League Productions after Watford's hard-fought draw with Brighton:

 

"I believe we are building something here and this is another step. From the circumstances, we fight to the end, we try to play football too but very difficult with one man less.

 

"Congratulations to the boys they did everything they could.

 

"Our defence and pressure starting up front we did great to defend to get the clean sheet.

 

"Britos has apologised and we apologise to the Brighton player for the challenge. It wasn't intentional, I believe he lost his timing and I know Miguel, he wouldn't want to hurt a player."

 

5:35 PM

Man of the Match

Tom Cleverley started out against Brighton at no.10, then shifted to right midfield, before finally slotting in at right-back.

 

His work rate and determination in trying circumstances - setting the tone for the team and helping keep consecutive clean sheets in the Premier League - have earnt him today's man of the match award.

5:20 PM

“Sometimes one point looks more than it is” - Silva

Marco Silva spoke to BBC Match of the Day after the final whistle:

 

"It was a difficult match, we started very well, and had two chances to score. After they reacted well and our team lost emotional balance.

 

"After the red card everything changes in the match. Our players show good spirits and very good organisation. I think we were in control, although of course they had more chances than us. Congratulations to our players because they fight really really hard.

 

"I didn't see it [the sending off] yet but the information I have is that it was fair decision. I already spoke with the player but we remain calm, he is an experienced player.

 

"We show very good things in the match, I talked to the players after and sometimes one point looks more than it is."

5:10 PM

Fan Reaction

5:00 PM

Snapshot

Richarlison lets fly!

4:52 PM

Hornets battle to the draw!

All over. Marco Silva's men needed everything they had today to hold off Brighton's one man advantage for 66 minutes after Miguel Britos' red card. 

Good result under testing circumstances 💪💪💪

4:50 PM - 90 MIN

Additional Time

THREE minutes added on here. Come on you 'Orns!

4:48 PM - 90 MIN

Substitution Brighton & Hove Albion

Groß

NO.13

Murphy

NO.15
4:45 PM - 87 MIN

Izquierdo close

Brighton substitute Jose Izquierdo cuts in off the left and clips the roof of the net with a ripper from 30-yards. Even Gomes' long limbs wouldn't have been enough there. 

4:40 PM - 83 MIN

Substitution

Watford FC

Gray

NO.18

Deeney

NO.9
4:40 PM - 80 MIN

Substitution Brighton & Hove Albion

Knockaert

NO.11

Izquierdo

NO.19
4:38 PM - 80 MIN

Chance!

Chalobah wins the ball back in midfield, sliding the ball under heavy pressure to Richarlison. The Brazilian plays Gray in behind, but he can only lash his effort high over the goal from an ever-tightening angle.

4:34 PM - 75 MIN

Gomes saves

Knockaert's low drive is tipped wide by Gomes, then Chalobah heads off the line. Brighton pushing hard, Watford defending with everything they have. 

4:25 PM

Snapshot

Golden Boys debutant André Carrillo gets his first taste of action at the Vic.

4:18 PM - 62 MIN

Hornets in fine voice

The Watford faithful are cheering every clearance like it's a goal.

 

The visitors had been singing about how quiet the home fans were, well they certainly aren't quiet anymore. 

 

That Knockaert bloke seems to be getting a bit of stick as well...

4:16 PM - 60 MIN

Strange decision

Abdoulaye Doucoure is penalised for a high boot, four feet off the ground and despite pulling out of the challenge with Knockaert.

It's inside the box - indirect free-kick charged down by the Hornets.  

4:10 PM - 51 MIN

Chance Brighton

Brighton corner and Hemed hooks the ball just wide from Duffy's header back. A lot of people inside The Vic thought that was in. 

4:05 PM - 47 MIN

Cathcart off/Carrillo on

Cathcart has pulled up with an injury, and has to leave the pitch just under 20 minutes after coming on - it's desperately unlucky for the Northern Irishman.

 

However, Carillo comes on to make his Watford debut at right-wing, with Cleverley dropping into the right full-back position.

4:03 PM - 46 MIN

And we're back!

The Hornets may be down to 10 men, but they are still holding on, and we all know what Marco Silva is capable of when his side are a man light...😅

 

Bring on the second half!

4:02 PM - 46 MIN

Substitution Brighton & Hove Albion

Bruno

NO.2

Rosenior

NO.23
3:50 PM

All square at at the break

It's going to be an uphill battle for the Hornets now. 

Miguel Britos' red card has given Brighton the lift they needed, and the Seagulls have been pushing hard for the equaliser ever since. 

Anthony Knockaert and Tomer Hemed struck the base each Watford post in search of the visitors' first Premier League goal of the campaign.

The Hornets' best chance saw Nathaniel Chalobah's header cleared off the line. 

3:45 PM - 45 MIN

Additional Time

A minimum of three minutes have been added on at the end of the first-half.

3:38 PM

Snapshot

Andre Gray holds off Shane Duffy as the Watford man advances with the ball.

3:38 PM - 38 MIN

Saved by the woodwork

Hemed grazes the post for Brighton, before Chalobah drives a 30-yard effort just wide for the Hornets. 

3:31 PM - 31 MIN

Safety first

Marco Silva shores up the back line, Craig Cathcart going on at right-back, Kiko Femenia moving across to the left. 

3:29 PM

Snapshot

Nathaniel Chalobah looks for a forward pass against the Seagulls.

3:28 PM - 28 MIN

Substitution

Watford FC

Amrabat

NO.7

Cathcart

NO.15
3:23 PM - 24 MIN

Red card
Britos

Britos is given his marching orders for a mistimed lunge on Knockaert. Watford now down to 10 men.

3:16 PM - 17 MIN

Yellow card
Bruno

3:16 PM - 16 MIN

Brighton hit the post!

A chorus of boos has met Anthony Knockaert every time he has touched the ball so far, but he almost gave the visitors the lead there. 

Brighton work space on the right, leaving the Frenchman to cut inside and bend a shot onto the inside of the post. The travelling Seagulls were on their feet ready to celebrate their first goal Premier League goal of the season! 

3:11 PM - 11 MIN

And another!

Amrabat is just too strong for Suttner, who's left grounded as the Moroccan drives towards the box - his cross from the right somehow misses everyone. Just a touch was needed! 

3:08 PM - 9 MIN

Chance!

Chalobah has a header cleared off the line following a Femenía free-kick close to the right corner flag.

3:07 PM - 7 MIN

Hornets in control

No chances as yet, but Watford very much taking charge of the game as they try to find space in between an organised Brighton side. 

3:00 PM - 1 MIN

Let's go!

Come on you 'Orns! Hornets get us underway. 

2:57 PM

Team Reminder

HORNETS: Gomes (GK) (C); Femenía, Prödl, Kabasele, Britos; Doucouré, Chalobah; Amrabat, Cleverley, Richarlison; Gray.

 

Subs: Pantilimon, Deeney, Success, Cathcart, Watson, Capoue, Carrillo. 

 

SEAGULLS: Ryan (GK), Bruno (C), Dunk, Stephens, Hemed, Knockaert, Groß, March, Duffy, Pröpper, Suttner. 

 

Subs: Mäenpää (GK), Hünemeier, Skalák, Sidwell, Murphy, Izquierdo, Rosenior. 

2:55 PM

New best friends

Hornets' new-man André Carillo and Étienne Capoue seem to be getting along well!

2:50 PM

Snapshot

Kiko Femenía warms-up as the Hornets support Kick It Out this afternoon.

2:40 PM

Line-up Reaction

HORNETS: Gomes (GK) (C); Femenía, Prödl, Kabasele, Britos; Doucouré, Chalobah; Amrabat, Cleverley, Richarlison; Gray.

 

Subs: Pantilimon, Deeney, Success, Cathcart, Watson, Capoue, Carrillo. 


 

2:30 PM

Penny for your thoughts?

2:20 PM

“Now is the moment to look forward” - Silva

Watford Head Coach Marco Silva spoke to the broadcast media ahead of this afternoon's Premier League fixture against the Seagulls:

 

"Tuesday is in the past and now is the moment to look forward. We have prepared well for this match and it's important we do what we can to win this match. 

 

"We have started well but like I said after the match at Bournemouth we have only four points. It's a new game, a hard game today, and a tough game for sure.

 

"The good results give the players and fans confidence. I believe we can produce a good answer again today.

 

"They are a good team, have good organisation and good ideas to play. They come to give us problems for sure."

2:10 PM

“Marco has a different approach” - Prödl

Austrian centre-half Sebastian Prödl spoke to BBC Match of the Day prior to kick-off:

 

"We've had a good start, we want to continue like this, focus and keep this way going.

 

"The new boys are showing their ability and improving the squad. They have settled in well.

 

"Marco has a different approach to last season but we have adapted well. We need to continue in this way and continue improving."

2:00 PM

The Teams

Just one enforced change for the Hornets from their last Premier League outing.

 

José Holebas' red card in the Carabao Cup midweek rules him out. Miguel Britos moves to left-back, with Christian Kabasele coming into the middle of defence.

 

New signing André Carrillo is on the bench, as is captain Troy Deeney. 

 

For Brighton, Glenn Murray has failed to recover from an ankle knock, so Tomer Hemed continues in attack. 

 

HORNETS: Gomes (GK) (C); Femenía, Prödl, Kabasele, Britos; Doucouré, Chalobah; Amrabat, Cleverley, Richarlison; Gray.

 

Subs: Pantilimon, Deeney, Success, Cathcart, Watson, Capoue, Carrillo. 

 

SEAGULLS: Ryan (GK), Bruno (C), Dunk, Stephens, Hemed, Knockaert, Groß, March, Duffy, Pröpper, Suttner. 

 

Subs: Mäenpää (GK), Hünemeier, Skalák, Sidwell, Murphy, Izquierdo, Rosenior. 

 

1:45 PM

15 minute warning!

Just a quarter of an hour to go until team line-ups are announced. Come on you 'Orns!

1:35 PM

In Position

1:30 PM

Instagram Snapshot

 

#yellows#watfordfc

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1:20 PM

Gomes on Silva

The Hornets' no.1 has spoken to The Evening Standard's Tom Collomosse about the impression Marco Silva has made on him since his appointment this summer:

 

"He reminds me of Hiddink through the way he works. He is not the type of person who is going to shout at you, but there is still a sense of, ‘Oh, hold on. I cannot cross this line’.

 

"Hiddink never used to shout. If anything, it was the opposite. He treated the players as his sons and I can see that Marco is that type of person."

1:00 PM

Carillo on coming to Watford

Peruvian winger Andre Carillo signed on-loan from Benfica earlier this week, could he be in line to feature this afternoon?

 

See his first full interview since joining the Golden Boys below, while team line-ups will be announced at 2pm.

12:45 PM

The Fan View

 

 

12:40 PM

Worn with pride #kickitout

12:30 PM

Don't forget...

...to pick up your copy of The Hornet, with this edition featuring Sebastian Prödl on 'My Teammates' Ben Watson on 'My Footballing Hero' and an in-depth interview with Richarlison, a snippet of which you can see below:

 

"It has always been my dream since I was a kid. I watched the Premier League as a child like everybody else in Brazil did, and I dreamed that one day I might play in it too.

 

"When I first came over I didn't know anybody, but now I've seen everything and I already feel well here. I like the club and if I am making the people happy, it's already a very emotional experience."

12:00 PM

Lawro Predicts

BBC Match of the Day pundit Mark Lawrenson thinks the Hornets will win 2-1 this afternoon, here's what he had to say:

 

"Watford have made a really good start. They were a bit fortuitous with their equaliser in the opening game against Liverpool. But they played really well at Bournemouth. Their Brazilian forward Richarlison clearly has plenty of ability.

 

"They are different this year with new manager Marco Silva. You can sense they will be difficult to beat. He is a very good communicator, unlike the last manager. They are big and strong up front and have lots of options.

 

"Brighton have had a nasty welcome to the Premier League, losing both of their two first games. But they have signed the Colombia international Jose Izquierdo from Club Brugge this week. So they are obviously coming to terms with what they need. But just at the moment, Watford will be too strong for them."

11:40 AM

In the press

Watford's Tom Cleverley has spoken exclusively to The Telegraph's Jason Burt:

 

Moving to Watford is also significant. It is where Cleverley played some of the best football of his career during a season-long loan from United in 2009. He was named the club's Player of the Year.

 

"I liked it here and had good memories," he says. "That season gave me a kick-start into senior football but it’s obviously changed a lot. Then it was a mid-table Championship side and now it’s an ambitious Premier League club. So it feels a lot different; not only the personnel but the mentality."

 

Read the full interview HERE.

11:30 AM

The Fan View

11:20 AM

ICYMI: Preview | Brighton & Hove Albion

Brian Owen, of the Argus, gave watfordfc.com the lowdown on today's opponents.


Has it been a tough baptism so far for Brighton in the Premier League?


 
“Yeah, I’d say so. I don’t think anybody was expecting too much from Man City at home, although they did play quite well in aspects. Rightly or wrongly, there was more expectation on the Leicester game but that went out the window when they conceded inside a minute. Losing at home to City and away at Leicester, the former champions, are not disastrous results by any means but they need to get off the mark soon.”

 

Read the full preview HERE.

11:10 AM

Kick It Out

 

11:00 AM

It's Matchday!

And there's nothing better than a matchday at Vicarage Road 🐝🙌

The Hornets are looking to make it two Premier League wins on the bounce against a Brighton side desperate to get off the mark in the top flight. 

Stick around for live updates and match commentary which will begin at around 2.30pm - give your browser a refresh around then and hit 'listen live'.