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PREVIOUS MEETING: WATSON'S WINNER

17 November 2017

John Elms
Gary Hart and Paul Brooker embrace Paul Watson after his winning goal.

With Brighton & Hove Albion beginning their charge towards back-to-back championships, Stoke City were the visitors to the Withdean Stadium in September 2001, and the Seagulls knew victory could take them to the Division Two summit.

Under the guidance of Micky Adams, and with Bobby Zamora having already hit five goals at the start of the campaign, the Seagulls were looking to continue their unbeaten league start at the Withdean.

On the bench for the Potters that day was Chris Iwelumo, who went on to play for the Seagulls in their 2004 play-off final triumph at the Millennium Stadium, while Gudjon Thordarson managed the Staffordshire club.

In Albion’s previous league fixture at the Withdean, Paul Watson scored a 90th-minute free-kick against Queens Park Rangers after Zamora had levelled the game.

Little did Albion supporters know, the full-back would again secure the three points in the 90th minute against Stoke, as he arrived in the penalty area to side-foot home, making it 1-0, after Gavin Ward failed to clear Nathan Jones’s delivery.

Peter Taylor came in to replace Adams just weeks later, before the Potters won 3-1 in the reverse fixture - with Iwelumo on the scoresheet - but it didn’t prevent the Seagulls from securing their second successive league title.

The Potters joined Albion in the second tier via the play-offs, as they finished sixth in the league before overcoming Cardiff City and Brentford en route to winning promotion at the Millenium Stadium.


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