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FIVE THINGS: WATFORD

27 August 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Shane Duffy challenges for a header at Vicarage Road.

Brighton Hove & Albion earned their first Premier League point of the season with a 0-0 draw against 10-men Watford at Vicarage Road. Here are five things we learned.

Anthony Knockaert back to his brilliant best

The Frenchman started his first match of the campaign and showed the quality he possesses. He was unlucky not to score Albion’s first goal of the season too, when his curling effort crashed against the post in the opening 15 minutes. Thankfully, Knockaert avoided any serious injury from Miguel Britos’s reckless challenge that saw the Uruguayan given a straight red.

Jose Izquierdo has pace to burn

Chris Hughton’s new boy showed his blistering speed when he came off the bench. He nearly scored with a long-range effort after one of his mazy runs at the Hornets’ defence. In the dying moments, he showed his impressive work ethic when he ran the length of the pitch to make a last-ditch tackle when Marco Silva’s side were breaking on the counter. The Seagulls supporters will be eager to see more of the Colombian.

Rotten luck

Albion were twice denied their first Premier League victory by the woodwork. First, Knockaert’s curling effort, before Hemed crashed a header against the post just before half time. Hughton also believed that his side should have had a penalty late in the second half, but it wasn’t to be. On another day, this could easily have been three points.

Watford mascot has some moves

Harry The Hornet showed off his dance moves on the pitch before kick-off and provided some great entertainment for the crowd. Not only that, he was drumming up the atmosphere – quite literally banging his drum throughout the game and kept the Watford supporters in good spirit despite being a man down.

Defensive solidity

Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy put in another commanding display at the heart of Albion's defence. The duo are both embarking on their first-ever seasons in the Premier League and did not look out of place, in what is becoming a formidable defensive partnership.


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