Saints come from behind to beat Watford

Vicarage Road | Sat 04 Mar 3.00PM | Attendance: 20,670
Match Report Highlights

WAT v Saints Match Centre

WAT v Saints As It Happened

Key moments so far

  • Saints make it back to back Premier League wins in a thriller at Vicarage Road
  • Dušan Tadić and Nathan Redmond had given them the lead after Troy Deeney's opener
  • Stefano Okaka levelled it up, before Manolo Gabbiadini and Nathan Redmond's second
  • Claude Puel's men have now scored four in two successive away games
Photo by Matt Watson

FULL TIME: Watford 3-4 Southampton

Saints score four for the second successive Premier League game away from home in a pulsating encounter at Vicarage Road to secure all three points!

Doucoure gets one back

Abdoulaye Doucoure scores from close range after a cross to the back post.

+3’

GOAL

Abdoulaye Doucouré (+3’) | Watford 3 4 Southampton

+2’

Boufal hits the side-netting

Sofiane Boufal shows wonderful skill and balance to nutmeg Younes Kaboul, but he can't find the target with his shot.

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👏

Manolo Gabbiadini is at it AGAIN! He celebrates in front of the Southampton fans after making it 3-2.

88’

Watford substitution: Abdoulaye Doucouré replaces Stefano Okaka

GOALSCORER 22 Nathan Redmond

That should seal it

Nathan Redmond gets away down the left and beats Sebastian Prödl before finishing right-footed past Gomes. 

86’

GOOOAL!!!

Nathan Redmond (86’) | Watford 2 4 Southampton

84’

Southampton substitution: Shane Long replaces Manolo Gabbiadini

GOALSCORER 20 Manolo Gabbiadini

MAN ON FIRE!!!

Sofiane Boufal's effort is spilled out by Heurelho Gomes and guess who is there to tap home? The first Saints player to score in his first three Premier League appearances.

83’

GOOOAL!!!

Manolo Gabbiadini (83’) | Watford 1 3 Southampton

83’

Okaka almost in again

Stefano Okaka threatens again but Jack Stephens steps in to deny him and Saints break...

Okaka levels

Isaac Success drills a low cross into the box from the left towards the near post, and Stefano Okaka makes no mistake with the finish to make it 2-2.

79’

GOAL

Stefano Okaka (79’) | Watford 2 2 Southampton

78’

Southampton substitution: Sofiane Boufal replaces James Ward-Prowse

78’

Watford upping the tempo

Troy Deeney is the beneficiary of Jose Holebas' cross but he can only hit the side-netting with his effort.

74’

Okaka forces Forster into action

Oriol Romeu loses possession and presents Watford with a chance, but Stefano Okaka's low shot across goal is stopped by the legs of Fraser Forster.

73’

Yellow Card for Sebastian Prödl (Watford)

Sebastian Prödl brings down Dušan Tadić as he looked to break away to lead a counter attack and is booked

69’

Watford substitution: Isaac Success Ajayi replaces Etienne Capoue

62’

Gomes to the rescue again!

Heurelho Gomes makes another fine stop to deny Maya Yoshida from point blank range after he had met Dušan Tadić's inch-perfect delivery.

61’

Tadić forces a fine save

An in swinging corner is headed out as far as Dušan Tadić whose rising drive is tipped over superbly by Heurelho Gomes.

60’

Ward-Prowse leads a break

Three on two situation as James Ward-Prowse breaks away and finds Dušan Tadić to his left but his ball takes the Serbian wide and his cross is out for a corner.

59’

Yoshida defends well

Troy Deeney flicks the ball on towards Stefano Okaka but Maya Yoshida makes a great challenge to cut out the threat.

55’

Gabbiadini beats Britos

Manolo Gabbiadini's pace is too much for Miguel Britos and he gets into the box, but his cut back is defended well.

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Gabbiadini's shot saved

Having defended brilliantly to deny Watford's early attacking intent, Manolo Gabbiadini has Saints first shot of the half, but Gomes makes a save.

46’

We're back going 

The hosts get the second-half under way. Can Claude Puel's men secure back to back Premier League wins? 😇

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HALF TIME: Watford 1-2 Saints

Claude Puel's men fell behind early on, but have responded superbly to lead at the break with goals from Dušan Tadić and Nathan Redmond.

GOALSCORER 22 Nathan Redmond

Redmond puts Saints ahead!

Nathan Redmond sweeps home Dušan Tadić's cut back off the post to make it 2-1 after a superb team move.

+1’

GOOOAL!!!

Nathan Redmond (+1’) | Watford 1 2 Southampton

43’

Yellow Card for Stefano Okaka (Watford)

Okaka gets a yellow card for dissent after his protestations for not being awarded a free-kick.

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Tadić levels!

Dušan Tadić fires past Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes to level things up at 1-1 here at Vicarage Road.

33’

Yellow Card for Manolo Gabbiadini (Southampton)

Manolo Gabbiadini goes into the book for a high challenge on Valon Behrami in the middle of the pitch

GOALSCORER 11 Dušan Tadić

Back on terms!

Dušan Tadić's low drive inside the box across Heurelho Gomes puts Southampton level at Vicarage Road. Get in there.

27’

GOOOAL!!!

Dušan Tadić (27’) | Watford 1 1 Southampton

26’

Capoue drags his effort wide

Etienne Capoue carries the ball down the left but shifting inside on to his right foot and dragging a drive just wide of Fraser Forster's goal.

19’

Cédric's cross cut out

Cédric finds space out wide before delivering a teasing cross, but Sebastien Prodl alleviates the danger with Manolo Gabbiadini lurking.

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A frustrating start!

Southampton continue to press for an equaliser after Troy Deeney's early strike gave the hosts a lead.

17’

Redmond just wide

Nathan Redmond is involved again, driving forward before seeing his strike go a fraction wide of the post.

16’

Gabbiadini goes close

Nathan Redmond releases Manolo Gabbiadini after the Italian forward's clever run, but his left-footed effort is saved by Heurelho Gomes.

15’

Yellow Card for Cédric (Southampton)

Cédric is first into the book for pulling down Etienne Capoue in midfield as Watford looked to break.

13’

Ward-Prowse's effort saved

James Ward-Prowse takes in Dušan Tadić's pass and sees his effort pushed out for corner by Heurelho Gomes. Pressure cranking up on Watford now...

9’

Ward-Prowse's cross evades everyone

Saints looking for a response and James Ward-Prowse's cross is a touch too heavy with Nathan Redmond waiting at the back post.

6’

Okaka threatening

Stefano Okaka looks to burst into the box but Maya Yoshida comes across and makes a superbly timed challenge to deny him.

Deeney scores

Troy Deeney puts the hosts in front with a left-footed strike after receiving a pass from Stefan Okaka in the box.

3’

GOAL

Troy Deeney (3’) | Watford 1 0 Southampton

3’

Watford making early inroads

Valon Behrami and Troy Deeney combine on the edge of the box, but they can't get a shot away. The hosts have settled quickest.

We're under way

Dušan Tadić kicks off and we're under way here at Vicarage Road as Southampton take on Watford. Come on, Saints! 😇

15.01

Ward-Prowse on Watford test

Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse gives his thoughts ahead of kick-off against Watford.

14.52

Puel: This game is very, very important

Southampton boss Claude Puel speaks with the media at Vicarage Road ahead of the meeting with Watford.

14.51

Not long to go now!

Just ten minutes until kick-off! Take a look through the gallery of images as Saints were put through their paces at Vicarage Road ahead of today's Premier League clash.

14.49

Watford Starting XI confirmed

Starting XI: Gomes, Britos, Kaboul, Prodl, Cleverley, Behrami, Niang, Holebas, Capoue, Okaka, Deeney (c)

Subs: Arlauskis, Mariappa, Cathcart, Zúñiga, Doucouré, Stewart, Success.

14.27

Saints arrive at Watford

Watch as the Southampton squad arrived at Vicarage Road ahead of today's Premier League clash.

14.24
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Team news is in!

Starting XI: Forster, Cédric, Yoshida, Stephens, Bertrand, Romeu, Davis (c), Ward-Prowse, Tadić, Redmond, Gabbiadini

Subs: Hassen, Long, Caceres, Rodriguez, Boufal, Clasie, McQueen

14.00

They're here!

Take a look through our gallery as Saints players and staff arrived at Vicarage Road for today's Premier League clash against Watford.

13.55

All set at Vicarage Road! 😇

Vicarage Road is ready for Saints' arrival as Claude Puel's men head to the capital looking for their second successive away win against Watford.

13.46

The Inside Track: Watford

Want to know more about today's opponents Watford? Get the inside track from journalist Simon Mail here

12.50

Same again please, Manolo!

Fresh from winning the Sure Goal of the Month, Manolo Gabbiadini could become the first Saints player to score in his first three Premier League appearances for the club with a goal at Watford.

11.49

Spirits high at Staplewood

The Southampton squad were in high spirits this week at Staplewood Campus! Take a look through some of the best images from training ahead of today's clash with Watford.

11.44

Stephens on Watford

We caught up with Southampton defender Jack Stephens ahead of today's clash as he discussed moving on from defeat to Manchester United at Wembley against Watford.

11.14
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Yoshida: We need to show a reaction to the fans

After the heartache of losing the EFL Cup final against Manchester United, Maya Yoshida says Southampton must regain their focus to move up the Premier League. His thoughts here.

11.07

we will see if they react or not, nobody can know this for sure. we have confirmation though that they are a well organised and very strong team.

walter mazzarri
watford manager
10.58

we want to improve our league position, and if we play like we did on sunday i'm sure that we'll do that.

jack stephens
southampton defender
10.54

Inside Staplewood: Saints prepare for Watford

Watch footage from Staplewood Campus ahead of today's Premier League clash against Watford.

10.52

Puel previews Watford clash

Hear the thoughts of Southampton boss Claude Puel ahead of the trip to face Watford in the Premier League at Vicarage Road.

10.50

It's matchday!

Southampton return to Premier League action as they travel to take on Watford at Vicarage Road (3pm GMT).

10.48

WAT v Saints Line Ups

Watford

1
Heurelho Gomes (GK)
5
Sebastian Prödl
25
José Holebas
3
Miguel Britos
4
Younes Kaboul
29
Etienne Capoue
Isaac Success (70′)
8
Tom Cleverley
11
Valon Behrami
21
M'Baye Niang
9
Troy Deeney (C)
33
Stefano Okaka
Abdoulaye Doucouré (89′)
15
Craig Cathcart
18
Juan Zuñiga
10
Isaac Success
6
Adrian Mariappa
16
Abdoulaye Doucouré
34
Giedrius Arlauskis
35
Carl Stewart

Southampton

1
Fraser Forster (GK)
21
Ryan Bertrand
2
Cédric Soares
3
Maya Yoshida
24
Jack Stephens
8
Steven Davis (C)
11
Dusan Tadic
Jordy Clasie (87′)
14
Oriol Romeu
22
Nathan Redmond
16
James Ward-Prowse
Sofiane Boufal (78′)
20
Manolo Gabbiadini
Shane Long (85′)
19
Sofiane Boufal
7
Shane Long
38
Sam McQueen
12
Martín Cáceres
9
Jay Rodriguez
4
Jordy Clasie
40
Mouez Hassen

WAT v Saints Match Stats

Watford

Head to Head Stats

Southampton
  • Possession (%)
    38
    62
  • Shots
    16
    20
  • Shots on target
    4
    11
  • Corners
    6
    5
  • Passes Complete
    156
    338

Top Saints Player Stats

Goals
2
Nathan Redmond
Nathan Redmond
Shots On Target
3
Dušan Tadić
Dušan Tadić
Chances Created
5
Dušan Tadić
Dušan Tadić
Passes Completed
50
Steven Davis
Steven Davis
Tackles
3
Cédric
Cédric
Clearances
14
Maya Yoshida
Maya Yoshida
Saves
1
Fraser Forster
Fraser Forster