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Last Updated: Friday, 25 April, 2003, 09:58 GMT 10:58 UK
Brighton 4-0 Watford

Goalscorers Dean Blackwell and Paul Kitson
Kitson and Blackwell were among the goals
Brighton clung on to their First Division survival hopes for another week and took the relegation battle to the final day of the season.

Their emphatic victory over Watford coupled with Crystal Palace's win against relegation rivals Stoke meant the Seagulls live to fight another day.

Goals from Dean Blackwell, Paul Kitson, Bobby Zamora and Charlie Oatway helped them secure the crucial victory.

They now need three points from their last game - at relegated Grimsby - while hoping Stoke are beaten at home by play-off-bound Reading.

Around 2,000 Brighton fans will be going to Blundell Park next Sunday for the game, but will no doubt bring their radios and keep an ear out for the result at the Britannia Stadium.

Brighton began in positive mood and Blackwell headed over the crossbar from a Kerry Mayo corner after five minutes.

Striker Gary Holt was then denied by goalkeeper Alec Chamberlain when getting in a shot from close range.

They got their reward after 12 minutes when Blackwell steered the ball high into the net after another Mayo cross.

Midway through the half, Zamora went close to doubling the Seagulls' advantage but Chamberlain held his left-footed shot.

After 27 minutes Kitson gave the home fans another reason to be cheerful.

The former Newcastle and West Ham player volleyed home for his 99th career goal after Mayo's long throw-in had caused havoc in the Watford penalty area.

Ivar Ingimarsson fired over the crossbar before Hart had to go off with an injury to be replaced by fellow marksman Graham Barrett as Coppell showed no signs of sitting back on the lead.

The Hornets had their first efforts at goal through youngsters Jason Norville and Sam Swonnell, but veteran Dave Beasant produced two fine saves.

Zamora had a free-kick saved by Chamberlain after the restart and deservedly scored the third with a flicked header from a Nathan Jones cross.

Oatway came off the bench to put the gloss on a perfect day for the hosts with a tap-in two minutes into stoppage time.


Brighton: Beasant, Watson, Cullip, Blackwell, Mayo, Kitson, Jones, Rodger, Ingimarsson, Zamora, Hart. Subs: Oatway, Pethick, Wilkinson, Packham, Barrett.

Watford: Chamberlain, Mahon, Brown, Cox, Robinson, Ardley, Swonnell, Johnson, Glass, Tommy Smith, Norville. Subs: Fisken, Lee, Jack Smith, Godfrey, Fitzgerald.

Referee: E Wolstenholme (Lancashire).





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