Brighton player ratings as Tariq Lamptey and Jakub Moder impress with Neal Maupay scoring again
Here’s how we rated Brighton’s players at Vicarage Road.
The Spaniard had very little to do in Brighton’s goal with Watford rarely testing him. 6
Once again Cucurella has been impressive at left-back for Brighton. He advanced well and forced a few saves from Foster, while providing effective defensive support on the rare occasions when it was needed. seven
The Dutchman came back to the side at Vicarage Road and was solid defensively. Some of his forward passes were loose, to the frustration of his teammates on occasion. 6
After a disappointing defensive performance at Tottenham, the Brighton captain was – by and large – back to his original self, with his positioning and ability on the ball clear to all as he orchestrated things from the back then that the Seagulls dominated possession.
He was cautioned in the first half and missed a good chance with a header he couldn’t hold back. seven
Another solid display from the defender, who continues to impress, both defensively and with his ability to break the line and drive forward to support further up the pitch.
He also scored the second goal to seal the win, smashing the ball in from close range after Watford failed to process a corner kick into the box. 8
The former Chelsea youngster was a threat on the outside as he gripped the right touchline. He caused Watford’s defensive problems and drew numerous fouls from his opponents.
He also provided the assist for Neal Maupay to score the only goal from a fine cross from the right. 8
Not known for his heading prowess, that showed as he squandered a big chance in the first half, heading harmlessly away from Jakub Moder’s stolen cross towards him.
He was not in his best form and was substituted just after the hour mark. 6
Showed experience in the middle of the park, with composure on the ball and ability to get out of tight spaces. He led the midfield well and set foot several times to win the ball for his team. seven
The Poland international was stuck from the start as he made his presence known in Brighton’s midfield, issuing several tough challenges and putting the Seagulls on the front foot. He had a chance to score in the opener but was denied by Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster. He showed some nice touches to evade players and linked up well in attack. 8
The Frenchman dropped deep at times to link play but found space as the Watford defense retreated, forcing a save from Foster in the Hornets goal in the 19th minute.
He gave Foster no chance with his hooked effort just before half-time, meeting Lamptey’s cross on the half-volley to score his ninth goal of the season in all competitions. seven
Restored to the starting XI against his former side, he didn’t have too many chances to threaten Foster in the Watford goal.
He worked hard in attack but didn’t have much to do and was substituted in the second half. 6
Alexis Mac Allister (in place of Welbeck, 63)
The Argentine returned to the Brighton side after missing the game at Tottenham and he cameo well, keeping the ball moving and providing another link between midfield and attack. 6
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Yves Bissouma (for Gross, 63)
The Mali international was surprisingly dropped to the bench after his man of the match performance against Tottenham, but he quickly got involved after coming on, leaping from midfield. 6
Shane Duffy (in place of Lallana, 90)
Not enough time for an assessment.