Watford sink Southampton at St Mary’s

Watford won 2-0 against Southampton in what was a hard fought victory for the Hornets and much needed, too.

In a game with little quality, the first goal came on the 38th minute when Doucoure’s sweet strike beat Fraser Forster in the Southampton goal. The away side were able to press the Saints at will giving Southampton no room to manoeuvre to start any attacks.

Janmaat got the all-important second goal on the 66th minute with a low drive past the helpless Forster who could have been quicker to the ball, that second goal gave the Hornets the win.

Southampton are having a tough time in front of goal at the moment and haven’t scored in their previous eight games. It was a first win for Watford over Southampton in eight attempts, and their first since 2008, which was a 3-0 at St Mary’s.

On the result Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino said: “They were better in the first half especially with long balls and second balls. Physically they were fresher than us. They created enough to score. We have to learn from today. In the second half, we were much better but we couldn’t create.

“The game is 22 players to analyse not just 11. I will talk about my team and the other manager will talk about his. They had a lot of people behind the ball and it was difficult for us.”

While a beaming Marco Silva commented: “It’s not easy to come here and do what we did, to control the match and to play like we did. Very, very good game. I didn’t remember one chance for our opponent.

“Sometimes we can do something special like we did today. I’m really happy of course. I feel like my team played like they enjoyed the match. Three clean sheets in a row is very important to us it gives our team lots of confidence. I think we controlled these moments and we deserved three points.”

Up next for the Saints is a trip to Selhurst Park to face Crystal Palace next Saturday lunchtime, whilst Watford host Manchester City later in the day.


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