Buckley foils Hornets

Tue, 17 Apr 22:35:32 2012

Will Buckley completed a dramatic Brighton comeback with the equaliser against former club Watford to salvage a 2-2 draw.

The winger, a £1million summer capture from Vicarage Road, struck late in the second half as the Seagulls came from two goals behind to snatch a point.

Brighton boss Gus Poyet swung the axe after Saturday's 6-0 drubbing at West Ham saw their play-off hopes all but disappear. He handed a debut to former Manchester City reserve goalkeeper David Gonzalez but the Colombian's first task was to pick the ball out of the back of the net after watching Sean Murray's sixth-minute cracker sail over him.

Watford doubled their lead just before half-time when Ashley Barnes' rash tackle from behind felled Jonathan Hogg in the area and Troy Deeney stepped up to tuck the penalty past Gonzalez.

Brighton were given hope nine minutes into the second half when captain Inigo Calderon charged forward from right-back and lashed the ball past Tomasz Kuszczak at the second attempt.

Poyet then threw on Vicente Rodriguez in a bid to keep the momentum going and the former Spain international did not disappoint, providing the pinpoint cross from which Buckley tucked in the equaliser 11 minutes from time.


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