Chris Hughton

Dale Stephens injury update after Brighton vs Watford

Brighton 0 Watford 0

Brighton hosted Watford on Saturday as they looked to put an end to their poor run of form.

The Seagulls went into the Watford game having not won any of their last five league games.

Watford had also been on a slightly poor run of form, winning just one of their last four Premier League matches.

Given both teams were not in great form heading into Saturday’s game it is no surprise the contest was not exactly a spectacle.

Brighton did have 21 goal attempts over 90 minutes but only four of those were on target.

Watford, on the other hand, have just five goal attempts and did not register a single shot on target.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 27: Javi Gracia, Manager of Watford looks on prior to The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Southampton and Watford at St Mary’s Stadium on January 27, 2018 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Dale Stephens injury update

After drawing 0-0 with Watford, Brighton remained 13th in the league and four points away from 12th place.

They are also just five points clear of the bottom three and could easily be sucked into a relegation battle.

Heading into the Watford game, a big talking point for Brighton fans was the absence of Dale Stephens.

Brighton boss Chris Hughton has since given an update on why Stephens missed out vs Watford:

“He felt his hip on Thursday but got through the training.

“He felt he was going to be okay [but] he got up [on Saturday] and it was sore. He wasn’t quite up to [compete at] that level.”

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