Watford - Roberto Pereyra scored both goals as Watford secured a
well-deserved 2-0 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday.
Watford impressed throughout this game and took their
chances with Pereyra the hero with a goal in each half.
Watford started the brighter of the two sides but an early
break forward led by Roberto Pereyra broke down when the ball reached Abdoulaye
Glenn Murray was then just unable to get on the end of a
ball from Davy Propper, while back at the other end, Andre Gray was denied by
Matt Ryan after racing onto a long ball from Ben Foster.
Lewis Dunk did well to head clear a Daryl Janmaat delivery
as Ryan made a good stop from Troy Deeny, before Pereyra blasted the rebound
well over the target.
Dale Stephens had Foster scrambling across his goal from a
21st minute side-footed volley while there was an early blow for Brighton with
an injured Bruno Saltor forced off on 25 minutes, with Gaetan Bong replacing
Pereyra was causing all sorts of problems with his direct
running so it was no surprise when he broke the deadlock on 35 with a stunning
volley after a short corner saw Holebas looping the ball to the edge of the
area where Pereyra fired into the top corner.
Pascal Gross so nearly set Murray up for an equaliser but
his header flew just wide of the far post for the last real action of the first
Holebas sent a brilliant early second-half free-kick to
Christian Kabasele at the back post but his diving header flew over the top of
Ryan in the Brighton goal.
Pereyra though was not nearly as wasteful as he doubled his
side's lead on 54 minutes, after picking up a Holebas pass before taking the
ball into the box and curling his shot past Ryan.
Second-half substitute Yves Bissouma bent a shot just wide
of the target after a neat one-two with Solomon March.
Alireza Jahanbahksh then replaced March and immediately
caused a problem for Foster, who needed two attempts to hold onto a good early
Shane Duffy headed over as he tried to effect the scoreline,
but it was Watford who looked the more likely goalscorers, as Janmaat and
Etienne Capoue shot over.
Brighton semeed to accept their fate and were unable to
further threaten their hosts, to suffer a 2-0 opening day defeat.