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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 22 42
2 Ipswich Town 22 41
3 Brentford 22 40
4 Middlesbrough 22 39
5 Derby County 22 39
6 Watford 22 38
7 Norwich City 22 34
8 Blackburn Rovers 22 34
9 Nottingham Forest 22 31
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers 22 31
11 Cardiff City 22 30
12 Charlton Athletic 22 30
13 Fulham 22 28
14 Sheffield Wednesday 22 28
15 Birmingham City 22 28
16 Bolton Wanderers 22 26
17 Reading 22 25
18 Leeds United 22 24
19 Rotherham United 22 24
20 Huddersfield Town 22 24
21 Millwall 22 23
22 Brighton and Hove Albion 22 19
23 Wigan Athletic 22 17
24 Blackpool 22 13

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