WATFORD – An own goal by Watford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure and second-half strikes by forwards Florin Andone and Neal Maupay gave Brighton & Hove Albion a superb 3-0 victory in their Premier League opener at Vicarage Road on Saturday.
Brighton went ahead in the 28th minute after pouncing on a weak headed clearance by Watford’s Jose Holebas.
Midfielder Pascal Gross volleyed a pass into the box, which Doucoure diverted into his own net.
They doubled their lead 20 minutes into the second half when substitute Andone tucked in past goalkeeper Ben Foster, after a neat cross from the right by midfielder Davy Propper.
Brighton defender Lewis Dunk then produced a fine through-ball from distance that Frenchman Maupay ran on to and converted from a difficult angle with his left foot to seal the victory with 13 minutes left.
The result meant Brighton boss Graham Potter made a winning start to life as a top-flight manager, having taken charge of the ambitious south-coast club following the departure of Chris Hughton after they narrowly avoided relegation last season.
Brighton host West Ham United in their next match, while Watford are at former manager Marco Silva’s Everton.
FULL-TIME Watford 0-3 Brighton— Premier League (@premierleague) August 10, 2019
A great start to the season for the Seagulls, who romp to victory after a Doucoure own goal and strikes from Florin Andone and Neal Maupay#WATBHA pic.twitter.com/LmIm8O3Sse
#PremierLeague RESULTS:— IOL Sport (@IOLsport) August 10, 2019
Bournemouth 1-1 Sheffield United #BOUSHU
Burnley 3-0 Southampton #BURSOU
Crystal Palace 0-0 Everton #CRYEVE
Watford 0-3 Brighton & Hove Albion #WATBHA
West Ham 0-5 Manchester City #WHUMCI