Friday 17 August 2018

Hughton rues Brighton loss

Watford 2 Brighton 0

Watford's Troy Deeney rises with Brighton's Lewis Dunk. Photo: Reuters
Watford's Troy Deeney rises with Brighton's Lewis Dunk. Photo: Reuters

Andy Sims

Chris Hughton had no excuses for Brighton's poor start to the season after watching his side fail to register even a shot on target.Hughton spent around £60m on 10 signings this summer yet only one, Brazilian full-back Bernardo, started at Vicarage Road.

"I have no complaints with the result," said Hughton. "We lost to the better side in most departments. It's a concern. We can't have any complaints about new players settling in because, apart from Bernardo, it was last season's team."

Brighton & Hove Albion's Glenn Murray battles with Watford's Craig Cathcart (left) and Etienne Capoue. Photo: PA
Brighton & Hove Albion's Glenn Murray battles with Watford's Craig Cathcart (left) and Etienne Capoue. Photo: PA

This could well prove to be an even more damaging defeat come the end of September, with four of Brighton's next six games against last season's top four.

Pereyra was the undoubted star of the show, even though Brighton's defending let them down badly. Having sold Richarlison to Everton over the summer, Watford will need to lean on the Argentinian even more and he certainly began the season in style.

Pereyra was unmarked just inside the area when he met a Jose Holebas corner with a sweet volley 10 minutes before half-time. It was a fabulous strike and, although Seagulls goalkeeper Mat Ryan got a hand to the ball, he was beaten by the pace and power as it flew into the net.

In the 54th minute Pereyra struck again, receiving the ball from Holebas and stealing in behind an increasingly baffled Bernardo. Pereyra still had plenty to do as he drove into the area and, with the angle narrowing, he curled a superb strike past Ryan to double the lead.

Watford manager Javi Gracia during the match. Photo: Reuters
Watford manager Javi Gracia during the match. Photo: Reuters

"He doesn't surprise me, I know he's able to do it. He's a high quality player and a very important one."said Hornets boss Javi Gracia.

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