Graham Potter makes Neal Maupay shoulder injury admission after Watford win

Graham Potter said Brighton striker Neal Maupay will be assessed after the 2-0 Premier League victory against Watford

Saturday, 21st August 2021, 8:37 pm
Updated Saturday, 21st August 2021, 8:40 pm
Neal Maupay didn't appear for the second half after injuring his shoulder

Maupay made it two goals from his first two matches of the new Premier League season with a clinical first half strike to make it 2-0 against Watford.

His celebrations however were soon cut short following a challenge with Watford's Oghenekaro Etebo, where he landed awkwardly on his right shoulder.

The French striker was in clear pain and didn't appear for the second half and was replaced by Aaron Connolly.

Potter said it was too early for a clear diagnoses but hopes that it's days rather than weeks.

“It’s early, but we are hopeful. Days more than weeks. But it is disappointing for him as he was doing really well.

"By his own admission he did not have the best of seasons last year. But like anyone you learn from it and come back stronger and he has shown he can do that.”

Brighton are already without striker Danny Welbeck who is struggling with a hamstring injury, while Florin Andone continues to work his way towards full fitness following a long term knee injury.

Albion, who have six points from their first two matches, continue to linked with a £25m move for Benfica striker Darwin Nunez.

Brighton are next in action against Cardiff in the Carbao Cup on Tuesday night.

Match report

A rejuvenated Shane Duffy toasted his Brighton resurgence with a thumping header as the Seagulls saw off Watford 2-0 in the Premier League.

Neal Maupay latched onto Yves Bissouma’s interception for his second goal in as many games, as Brighton secured a perfect league start of two wins from two.

Frenchman Maupay was forced out of action at half-time with a suspected shoulder injury, however, the sole blight on a hugely impressive shift from Graham Potter’s men.

Duffy’s first Premier League goal since November 2019 put Brighton in the driving seat, with the Ireland defender a popular scorer after a testing 18 months.

The 29-year-old spent last term on loan at Celtic after making just 12 starts in two years under boss Potter at Brighton.

But the death of his father and other off-field issues led to an error-strewn stint in Scotland, and Duffy did not starts for the Hoops after February.

Duffy returned to Brighton in the close season expecting to head out on loan again, only for his Seagulls status to turn entirely on its head.

Ben White’s £50million Arsenal move and injuries to Dan Burn, Adam Webster and Lewis Dunk opened the door – and Duffy has positively booted through the frame with his sparkling form.

Duffy might have impressed in last weekend’s 2-1 win at Burnley, but his towering header here cemented his hard-earned return to form.

Alongside Webster and skipper Dunk in defence, Duffy helped Potter’s men shut out a Watford side who could not cope with Potter’s tactical blueprint.

Brighton started at breakneck speed and could have plundered the lead straight from kick-off.

A promising raid petered out, but the Hornets failed to heed the immediate warning signs and the Seagulls refused to relent on that punishing pace.

Pascal Gross’ whipped corner begged for a powerful connection, and Duffy delivered in style.

The revitalised centre-back thundered his header home off the underside of the bar, leaving Watford stunned by the hosts’ early ferocity.

Potter’s fluid set-up posed constant first-half problems for a stressed and stretched Watford, with Leandro Trossard, Alexis Mac Allister and Gross all threading passes to unpick the visitors.

Brighton finally made that dominance pay thanks to Bissouma’s relentless graft.

The Mali midfielder punished Watford’s sloppy attempt to play out from the back, with a sweeping interception that quickly turned into an assist.

Maupay raced onto Bissouma’s wily intervention, steadied himself and wrong-footed Watford keeper Daniel Bachmann to double the home side’s lead.

The French striker doubled his tally for the season in the process, having netted in last weekend’s win at Burnley.

Aaron Connolly replaced Maupay at the interval and promptly spurned a gilt-edged chance, skewing high and wide with the goal at his mercy from eight yards out.

Emmanuel Dennis thought he had dragged Watford back into the tie after bustling through and slotting past Robert Sanchez, only for the realisation to hit that he had long since been flagged offside.

But the bright sparks were few and far between for a Watford side seemingly caught out by Brighton’s hybrid formation.

Albion: Sanchez, Webster, Dunk, Duffy, March Bissouma, Lallana, Gross, Trossard (Mwepu 71), Mac Allister, Maupay (Connolly 45).

Subs not used: Steele, Moder, Alzate, Zeqiri, Caicedo, Roberts, Richards.

Booked: Webster (foul), Duffy (foul), Mwepu (foul), March (time-wasting).

Referee: Anthony Taylor

Attendance: 29,485