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2018/2019 English Premier League

Brighton stop slide with scrappy point against Watford

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Brighton 0-0 Watford: Stalemate at the Amex stadium (1:15)

The Seagulls earn their first point in four games after goalless draw against Watford. (1:15)

Brighton & Hove Albion halted their recent slide down the Premier League table with a hard-fought point in an uninspiring goalless draw against Watford at the Amex stadium on Saturday.

Brighton manager Chris Hughton has been concerned by his side's tendency to blow two-goal leads but there never looked much chance of establishing such an advantage in a scrappy game always likely to be settled by a single moment of inspiration.

In the end it never came as Watford, who were again without injured midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure, sat back and Brighton failed to capitalise on their possession.

Only one shot was registered on target before halftime. Brighton looked most potent from set pieces and, after the break, Watford keeper Ben Foster did well to keep out the impressive Solly March's inswinging corner while Brighton keeper Mat Ryan easily saved Will Hughes's speculative shot.

Glenn Murray was looking to notch up his 100th league goal for Brighton but headed wide on 68 minutes when unmarked in the area.

It proved his final contribution before being substituted while Watford brought on Andre Gray. Brighton moved eight points clear of the drop zone.

English Premier League Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Liverpool 31 +52 76
2 Manchester City 30 +58 74
3 Tottenham Hotspur 30 +25 61
4 Arsenal 30 +24 60
5 Manchester United 30 +18 58
6 Chelsea 30 +17 57
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 30 +2 44
8 Watford 30 -2 43
9 West Ham United 31 -5 42
10 Leicester City 31 -3 41
11 Everton 31 +1 40
12 AFC Bournemouth 31 -13 38
13 Newcastle United 31 -9 35
14 Crystal Palace 30 -5 33
15 Brighton & Hove Albion 29 -10 33
16 Southampton 30 -16 30
17 Burnley 31 -24 30
18 Cardiff City 30 -30 28
19 Fulham 31 -41 17
20 Huddersfield Town 31 -39 14