While a first ever Premier League point is not to be sniffed at Brighton will wonder how they did not tick off all the mini missions they need to convince themselves they mean business at the highest echelon of the English game. Three matches in and a goal still eludes them. A confidence-boosting win is still needed as soon as possible. It was not for want of trying, here, particularly when Watford’s numbers were depleted in the 24th minute after Miguel Britos was sent off when his dangerous, hotheaded challenge left Anthony Knockaert floored.
So. August Bank Holiday, then. End of the first bit of the season prior to the first international break, first chance to take stock. End of the transfer window approaches too, a transfer window during which we’ve been linked to well over 100 players and have revised the squad significantly.
The game was flipped on its head on 24 minutes however. As Knockaert and Britos were involved in a foot-race on the right-hand-side, the Watford defender put on his best Jackie Chan impression and lept through the air, studs showing and clattered into the Frenchman. It was, without doubt, one of the worst tackles I can remember at Vicarage Road, rivaled only by Heidar Helguson on Blackburn’s John Curtis in 2001.
|26 Aug 2017||AFC Bournemouth||1:2||Manchester City|
|26 Aug 2017||Crystal Palace||0:2||Swansea City|
|26 Aug 2017||Huddersfield Town||0:0||Southampton|
|26 Aug 2017||Manchester United||2:0||Leicester City|
|26 Aug 2017||Newcastle United||3:0||West Ham United|
|26 Aug 2017||Watford||0:0||Brighton and Hove Albion|
|27 Aug 2017||Chelsea||2:0||Everton|
|27 Aug 2017||Liverpool||4:0||Arsenal|
|27 Aug 2017||Tottenham Hotspur||1:1||Burnley|
|27 Aug 2017||West Bromwich Albion||1:1||Stoke City|