Half-Time Report: Sean Murray gives Watford lead

Sean Murray scores a deflected goal in the fourth minute to hand Watford a 1-0 lead over Brighton & Hove Albion at the halfway stage of their Championship encounter this evening.

An early Sean Murray strike has given Watford a 1-0 lead at half time of their Championship match against Brighton & Hove Albion this evening.

Murray broke the deadlock after just four minutes when his long-range strike deflected off the head of Stephen Ward and past Thomas Kuszczak.

Lewis McGugan almost doubled Watford's lead five minutes later when he curled a shot just past the post from the left side of the penalty area.

Manuel Almunia was called into action for the first time in the 14th minute, getting a strong hand to Ashley Barnes's powerful header at the back post.

Almunia found himself helpless shortly afterwards, however, as Will Buckley's cross left the Spaniard stranded, only for Craig Conway to nod the ball just wide.

The hosts came even closer to restoring parity right on the stroke of half time when Buckley fired the ball across goal towards Barnes, but Joel Ekstrand hacked the ball off the line before it could reach the Brighton man.

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Sean Murray celebrates his goal for Watford during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Watford at The Amex Stadium on October 28, 2013
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