Watford captain Troy Deeney put his side ahead at Brighton with a well-taken goal in the area.
Watford could be promoted to the Premier League on Saturday if they beat Brighton in the early kick-off, Middlesbrough lose at Fulham and Norwich fail to pick up three points.
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Middlesbrough forward Patrick Bamford, Norwich winger Nathan Redmond and MK Dons midfielder Dele Alli are in the running to be named Football League Young Player of the Year.
Bamford, 21, who is on loan from Chelsea, has hit 18 goals to spearhead Boro's bid for a return to the Premier League.
Fellow England Under-21 international Redmond has also enjoyed a fine season, the 21-year-old scoring three goals for a Canaries side also challenging for promotion.
Alli, 19, has netted 14 goals including a hat-trick against Crewe - form which earned him a move to Tottenham in January before being loaned back to the League One Dons for the rest of the campaign.
The accolade has in the past been won by the likes of Gareth Bale, Wilfried Zaha and Nathaniel Clyne. The winner will be announced on Sunday at the 10th annual Football League Awards.
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