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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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Pos Team P Pts
1 Leicester City 44 96
2 Burnley 44 89
3 Derby County 44 81
4 Queens Park Rangers 44 76
5 Wigan Athletic 43 70
6 Reading 44 67
7 Brighton and Hove Albion 44 66
8 Nottingham Forest 44 65
9 Ipswich Town 44 65
10 Blackburn Rovers 44 64
11 Bournemouth 44 63
12 Watford 43 60
13 Middlesbrough 44 58
14 Bolton Wanderers 44 55
15 Sheffield Wednesday 44 53
16 Leeds United 44 53
17 Huddersfield Town 44 50
18 Charlton Athletic 43 45
19 Doncaster Rovers 44 44
20 Millwall 44 44
21 Birmingham City 43 43
22 Blackpool 44 43
23 Barnsley 44 39
24 Yeovil Town 44 37

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