December 23, 2017 / 5:34 PM / 9 months ago

Gross scorcher gives Brighton 1-0 win over Watford

Soccer Football - Premier League - Brighton & Hove Albion vs Watford - The American Express Community Stadium, Brighton, Britain - December 23, 2017 Watford's Stefano Okaka misses a chance to score Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs

BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION 1 WATFORD 0

Dec 23 (Reuters) - Brighton & Hove Albion moved clear of the relegation battle after a second-half goal by German forward Pascal Gross gave the Seagulls a deserved 1-0 win over Watford in a lively Premier League clash on Saturday.

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Gross delighted the home fans with a fierce low shot from the edge of the penalty area in the 64th minute, as it squeezed through Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes’s hands and lifted Brighton into 12th place on 21 points from 19 games.

The result also snapped Brighton’s seven-game winless streak while Watford, who have now taken only one point from their last six games, stayed 10th after a fourth successive defeat.

Gomes kept out a Connor Goldson header in a tight first half but Brighton pressed on relentlessly after the break and missed a string of chances either side of Gross’s winner, with striker Tommer Hemed and centre back Lewis Dunk coming close.

Writing by Zoran Milosavljevic; Editing by Pritha Sarkar

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