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Vicarage Road Stadium (ATT 14,455) 3rd December 2005 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: R Olivier

Watford Watford vs Brighton and Hove Albion Brighton

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Hornets denied by Blayney

By Andy Clarke.   Last Updated: 03/12/05 5:35pm

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Marlon King went from hero to villain as Watford extended their unbeaten run to nine matches with a 1-1 draw against Brighton.

King put his side in front just before the break, but after Guy Butters had levelled for the South Coast club, the Hornets striker saw a penalty saved by visiting keeper Alan Blayney.

Watford struggled in the first half in the absence of their 10-goal top scorer Ashley Young, who missed the match with an ankle injury.

And it was Mark McGhee's side who made most of the running, with Colin Kazim-Richards and Jake Robinson each denied by Ben Foster.

Adam El-Abd then saw a well-struck volley kept out by the Watford keeper, before the home side took the lead on the stroke of half time.

King shrugged off his marker on the edge of the box and beat Blayney with a low shot into the left corner.

However, Brighton equalised within three minutes of the restart, as Sebastien Carole's cross was met by Butters, who beat Foster with a looping header.

Watford were offered the chance to restore their advantage when Dean Hammond handled in the area, but Blayney guessed right and saved King's penalty low to his left.

Clarke Carlisle, Joel Grant and Malky Mackay all came close as Watford dominated for the remainder of the match, but they were unable to find a winner.

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Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 39 73
2 Watford 39 72
3 Middlesbrough 39 72
4 Norwich City 39 70
5 Derby County 39 67
6 Ipswich Town 39 67
7 Brentford 39 66
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 39 65
9 Nottingham Forest 39 57
10 Blackburn Rovers 39 54
11 Charlton Athletic 39 54
12 Sheffield Wednesday 39 53
13 Leeds United 39 52
14 Cardiff City 39 51
15 Birmingham City 38 47
16 Brighton and Hove Albion 39 45
17 Bolton Wanderers 39 45
18 Huddersfield Town 39 44
19 Reading 38 44
20 Fulham 39 43
21 Rotherham United 39 40
22 Wigan Athletic 39 35
23 Millwall 39 33
24 Blackpool 39 23

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