Watford vs. Brighton & Hove Albion - Football Match Report


All in all, this means that a top-tier player gets to play in the Premier League once more, Brighton have got themselves a fine - albeit temporary - addition, and Huddersfield have maintained a strong transfer value for one of their key assets.

In Graham Potter's first competitive game in charge of Albion, his side took a 29th-minute lead after a ball across the box from Pascal Gross was turned into his own net by Abdoulaye Doucoure.

The Nigerian rated low; only better than Hornets' goalkeeper Ben Foster, of all 27 players who got minutes on Saturday.

It's hot and sunny in Hertfordshire on August 11, 2018, on the opening day of the Premier League season.

Watford boss Javi Gracia says there's no excuses after their 3-0 home humbling by Brighton.

"In this competition you can lose at any point but we also need to feel like we can win and then be respectful enough to know that, whatever the result, we need to try and improve and that's what we're going to do".

He didn't register a shot in the 15 minutes of regular time played or for the extra 4 minutes added.

"They tried their best to do what we asked them to do and we weren't ideal of course, I wouldn't expect that".

The London club ended the season on a disappointing note as they registered just 2 wins from their final 9 matches of the season, so they'll be keen for a good start here. "To score three goals and keep a clean sheet is something for us to build on and improve", he said. "They're professional guys, they're ready to come on and help the team".

"I thought he took his goal well and Florian took his goal well".

However, a change in philosophy at the Amex Stadium means that Brighton head into the campaign as somewhat of an unknown quantity, although it is hard to find anything to be critical about when assessing the club's transfer business.