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Last Updated: Saturday, 3 December 2005, 17:24 GMT
Watford 1-1 Brighton
Marlon King's 10th goal of the season helped to extend Watford's unbeaten league run to nine games.

King shrugged off his marker on the stroke of half-time and found half a yard just inside the box before shooting low into the left corner.

But the on-loan striker should have won the game for high-flying Hornets after missing a second-half penalty.

Brighton levelled when Seb Carole's free-kick was met by Guy Butters, whose flicked header looped into the net.

  • Watford boss Adrian Boothroyd:
    "First half we were pathetic. The second half we were a bit unlucky, but you make your own luck.

    "My lads have a decision to make - do they want to be serious contenders or play like that and be mediocre?

    "There's no point in shouting and bawling after the game when everyone is emotional, you get nothing out of it. We'll have a chat in a few days."

  • Brighton boss Mark McGhee:
    "I think we've been playing well but the 13 draws we've had now don't help. Eight or nine of them we could and should have won.

    "I'm getting everything from those I have but we're a couple of lads short.

    "We need a player to turn the 13 draws into six wins and then we would be in the top half."

    Watford: Foster, Chambers, Mackay, Carlisle, Stewart, Devlin, Mahon, Bangura, McNamee, King, Grant (DeMerit 69).
    Subs Not Used: Chamberlain, Diagouraga, Mariappa, Gill.

    Goals: King 45.

    Brighton: Blayney, Reid, Butters, Frutos, El-Abd, Hart, Oatway, Hammond, Carole (Nicolas 82), Robinson (Knight 62), Kazim-Richards (McPhee 63).
    Subs Not Used: Mayo, Chaigneau.

    Booked: Reid, Hart.

    Goals: Butters 51.

    Att: 14,455

    Ref: R Olivier (W Midlands).


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