Stephens sends Saints through

St Mary's Stadium | Sat 27 Jan 3PM | Attendance: 25,195
Match Report Highlights

Saints vs WAT
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Saints vs WAT As It Happened

Key moments so far

  • Saints reach Fifth Round thanks to Stephens' fourth-minute strike
  • Guido Carrillo makes debut off the bench
  • Bertrand withdrawn through injury
  • Højbjerg smashes against crossbar from distance
Maya Yoshida

Yes birthday boy!!🙌🎉🔥⚽️

17.25

FULL-TIME: SAINTS 1-0 WATFORD 

YES! Jack Stephens' goal has put us in the Fifth Round of the FA Cup! 

90’

3️⃣ minutes of added time! 

Come on, Saints! 

The final five...

Still no way out for Saints at the moment. Watford are bossing things at the moment without really looking like scoring. A big five minutes on the way for both sides...

82’

Southampton substitution: Guido Carrillo replaces Dušan Tadić

It's Guido time! Our new number 9 is ON for his Saints debut. Dušan the man replaced. 

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Hornets hustling

It's back to the wall for Saints as we enter the final 10 minutes. We've defended pretty stoutly this afternoon but calm heads will be needed now...

74’

Watford substitution: Jerome Sinclair replaces Daryl Janmaat

Sinclair on for Janmaat as Watford push for an equaliser.

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66’

Southampton substitution: Maya Yoshida replaces Sofiane Boufal

24 minutes to play at St Mary's... here comes Maya for Sofiane. 

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64’

OFF THE BAR! 😩

What a strike from Højbjerg! The Dane has time to pick his spot and he creams a cleanly-hit drive onto the crossbar. So unlucky...

62’

Yellow Card for Cédric (Southampton)

Cédric follows the Watford midfielder into the book for a hefty challenge on Richarlison.

61’

Yellow Card for Ben Watson (Watford)

Watson is cautioned for a foul on Tadić.

57’

Watford substitution: Roberto Pereyra replaces André Carrillo

Second sub for the away side as Pereyra comes on for Carrillo. 

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56’

Tadić for Long...wide!

A fabulous pass from Tadić rips the Watford defence in half. Long is there to meet it but the striker makes a mess of an attempted chip and the visitors clear their lines. Big chance.

53’

Long denied by Karnezis...again

More good stuff from Saints. Davis plays Long in behind and the number 7 drills a low shot into the arms of the Greek goalkeeper. 

51’

Long denied by Karnezis (and offside flag)

Tadić is first on the scene - not for the first time today - to collect a loose ball in the Watford box. His cute through pass finds Long whose chip is saved by the sprawling Karnezis. The flag was up for offside regardless.

49’

Super Sofiane

Great play from the Moroccan brings the home crowd to its feet. Sofiane darts back to dispossess Okaka, gets his head up and swing a pass wide to Davis from the centre circle. 

46’

Watford substitution: Stefano Okaka replaces Etienne Capoue

An attacking change from Javi Gracia: the Spaniard brings on striker Stefano Okaka for midfielder Etienne Capoue. 

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SECOND HALF: Watford get us restarted

Back underway at St Mary's! Will Jack's goal send us through to the FA Cup Fifth Round?

📸 First half in photos

Here are the best of the images from our club photographer, who was on hand to capture all the key moments from a frantic first period at St Mary's.

HALF-TIME: Southampton 1-0 Watford

So far, so good! Jack Stephens' close-range after some sloppy goalkeeping from Watford's Orestis Karnezis' is the difference at St Mary's. Saints have been positive from the off and fully deserve their lead.

+1’

Richarlison tests McCarthy

Almost the spectacular equaliser for Watford; Richarlison attempts to chip McCarthy from distance but the Englishman is equal to it, tipping over the bar.

42’

Long inches from adding second

Big chance for Saints; Cédric slams a low shot across goal from which Long is inches away from turning home a second just before half-time. The Portuguese has a few words for Richarlison about the Brazilian's attempts to block him...

40’

Southampton substitution: Jérémy Pied replaces Ryan Bertrand

Confirmation of that switch as Pied replaces Bertrand.

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39’

Concern for Bertrand

An unforced change is imminent for Saints as Ryan Bertrand gingerly walks off the field after going to ground in his own half. Jérémy Pied will take his place.

Shooting chance for Shane

Boufal - one of the best players on the field at the moment - breezes past Janmaat once more and his scooped past finds Long who just can't the ball out of his feet quick enough to shoot.

31’

Wesley into the wall

Wesley Hoedt lines up a free-kick after a foul on Højbjerg but the result doesn't match the expectation as the defender's effort bounces away off the Watford defensive wall.

24’

Wild from Watson

A rare foray forward for the Hornets ends as Ben Watson slices wildly wide from distance. Alex McCarthy untroubled. 

19’

Long heads off target

More good stuff here from Saints. Quick feet from Tadić makes space for a cross and the Serbian's delivery is headed over the bar by Long.

16’

Saints on top

Not a lot to report here since Jack Stephens' opener. The defender's first goal for the club has put Saints firmly in charge for now. 

11’

Richarlison blasts over the top

First signs of life here from Watford as Richarlison flashes a free-kick over the top of the bar from 20 yards. All Saints so far at St Mary's...

9’

CHANCE FOR CÉDRIC! 

Superb running from Shane Long almost creates a second! The Irishman scampers onto Dušan Tadić's ball over the top to cross for Cédric who just misses out at the back post.

GOALSCORER 5 Jack Stephens

YES, JACK!!

What a start! The resulting free-kick causes chaos in the Watford box and birthday boy JACK STEPHENS pokes in from close range to give us the lead! 

3’

GOOOAL!!!

Jack Stephens (3’) | 1 0

3’

Bright start from Saints

The home side get right on the front foot early on here at St Mary's as Sofiane Boufal ghosts past Daryl Janmaat and is pulled back to earn his side a free-kick wide on the left.

 1' KICK-OFF! ⚽️

Away we go at St Mary's! COME ON, SAINTS! 

15.00

Getting up for the cup

Warm-ups are well under way here at St Mary's with just 15 minutes to go before kick-off. 

14.46

Three changes for Saints

So, no place in the XI for Guido Carrillo but we may yet see the Argentinian at some point this afternoon. 


A trio of changes made by Mauricio Pellegrino here as Shane Long, Sofiane Boufal and Steven Davis come in for Manolo Gabbiadini, Mario Lemina and James Ward-Prowse. 

14.08

WATFORD XI TO FACE SAINTS

XI: Karnezis; Janmaat, Mariappa, Kabasele, Holebas; Watson, Doucoure, Capoue; Carrillo, Richarlison, Gray.

SUBS: Bachmann, Prodl, Zeegelaar, Pereyra, Success, Sinclair, Okaka. 

14.05

SAINTS XI TO FACE WATFORD

XI: McCarthy; Cédric, Stephens, Hoedt, Bertrand; Højbjerg, Romeu; Tadić, Davis (c), Boufal; Long. 

SUBS: Forster, Yoshida, Carrillo, Ward-Prowse, Lemina, Gabbiadini, Pied. 

14.00

1️⃣5️⃣ minutes to team news

Will we be seeing Guido Carrillo in a Southampton shirt for the first time today? 

We'll be finding out very soon with breaking team news from 2pm! 

13.47

At St Mary's? Pick up today's edition of SAINTS!

Jan Bednarek is our feature interview in Saints magazine today. After starring in the third round win at Fulham, the Polish defender discusses his football upbringing and how he’s settled into life in England, on and off the pitch.


Elsewhere in the 68-page edition, Brett Ormerod relives a famous cup win over Watford from his playing days as the ex-Saint remembers the 2003 semi-final at Villa Park.

13.22

2️⃣ hours to kick-off! 

The Southampton squad are here at St Mary's in focused mood ahead of today's game. We were on hand to capture their arrivals and Guido Carrillo's first look at his new home. 


12.52

CARRILLO 9️⃣

 

12.33

Saints Marching!

The scene from St Mary's a matter of moments ago as Saints checked in for today's game against Watford...

11.58

A Premier League debut for Javi Gracia

Mauricio Pellegrino will be lining up alongside a new face in the Watford dugout this afternoon. Javi Gracia will take the reins for the first time today after taking the place of Marco Silva during the week. The former Rubin Kazan boss has signed an 18-month deal with the Hornets. 

10.54

Guido is a Saint!

Today's tie may come to soon for Saints' latest recruit, Guido Carrillo. The Argentine confirmed his transfer from AS Monaco on Thursday evening and trained with his new team-mates for the first time yesterday. As usual, team news will be coming your way at 1pm...

10.49

WE want to move another round and we've got this 90 minutes as a possibility. it could be 90 minutes, it could be 180 but we have to think about our first step and to be focused on ourselves.

Mauricio pellegrino
Southampton manager
10.46

Round Three: JWP sees off Fulham

Saints' FA Cup journey began at Watford three weeks ago, James Ward-Prowse netting the only goal of the game to knock out Fulham at Craven Cottage. The midfielder went on to net a double against today's visitors Watford the following week. The Hornets eased past Bristol City in Round Three. 

10.42
Southampton FC

A special competition! Let’s take another step today! 👊 #saintsfc

10.37

FA Cup Matchday! 🏆

Good morning, Saints fans! The Emirates FA Cup is back at St Mary's today; Watford the Fourth-Round visitors this afternoon. Stay with us for all the build-up, team news, live match updates and free audio commentary from the 3pm kick-off. Up for the cup?

10.34

Saints vs WAT Line Ups

Southampton

13
Alex McCarthy (GK)
5
Jack Stephens
6
Wesley Hoedt
21
Ryan Bertrand
Jérémy Pied (40′)
2
Cédric Soares
19
Sofiane Boufal
Maya Yoshida (67′)
23
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
8
Steven Davis (C)
11
Dusan Tadic
Guido Carrillo (83′)
14
Oriol Romeu
7
Shane Long
9
Guido Carrillo
16
James Ward-Prowse
18
Mario Lemina
44
Fraser Forster
26
Jérémy Pied
20
Manolo Gabbiadini
3
Maya Yoshida

Watford

30
Orestis Karnezis (GK)
25
José Holebas
2
Daryl Janmaat
Jerome Sinclair (74′)
6
Adrian Mariappa
27
Christian Kabasele
16
Abdoulaye Doucouré
29
Etienne Capoue
Stefano Okaka (45′)
23
Ben Watson (C)
11
Richarlison
18
Andre Gray
28
André Carrillo
Roberto Pereyra (57′)
10
Isaac Success
35
Daniel Bachmann
22
Marvin Zeegelaar
17
Jerome Sinclair
37
Roberto Pereyra
33
Stefano Okaka
5
Sebastian Prödl

Saints vs WAT Match Stats

Southampton

Head to Head Stats

Watford
  • Possession (%)
    49
    51
  • Shots
    9
    8
  • Shots on target
    5
    1
  • Corners
    2
    3
  • Passes Complete
    304
    302

Top Saints Player Stats

Goals
1
Jack Stephens
Jack Stephens
Shots On Target
2
Shane Long
Shane Long
Chances Created
2
Steven Davis
Steven Davis
Passes Completed
48
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Tackles
4
Cédric
Cédric
Clearances
11
Jack Stephens
Jack Stephens
Saves
1
Alex McCarthy
Alex McCarthy