Saints stung by Hornets

St Mary's Stadium | Sat 09 Sep 3.00PM | Attendance: 31,435
Match Report Highlights

Saints v WAT Match Centre

Saints v WAT As It Happened

Key moments so far

  • It's a first Premier League defeat of the season for Saints
  • Daryl Janmaat fires in Watford's second soon after coming on
  • Saints fall behind to Abdoulaye Doucouré's 38th-minute goal
  • Wesley Hoedt makes his Saints debut

FULL TIME: Southampton 0-2 Watford

Saints suffer a first Premier League defeat of the season, as two long-range goals continue Watford's impressive start to the new campaign.

16.52
+4’

So close for Watford

André Carrillo embarks on a lung-busting run down the right and sends a vicious shot whistling inches wide of the far post.

+2’

Gomes makes a save

Cédric hits an ambitious shot from a half-cleared corner, but Heurelho Gomes launches himself to his left and hangs on for Watford.

+1’

Four added minutes

Saints are running out of time and it's the Watford fans making all the noise at St Mary's.

88’

Crucial interception

Richarlison bursts into the Southampton box, but Jack Stephens stands up and makes an important last-ditch tackle. 

84’

Watford substitution: Troy Deeney replaces Andre Gray

Marco Silva makes his last substitution and it's a like-for-like replacement up front.

Stephens denied

Jack Stephens' shot is blocked as Saints chase a route back into the game. Eight minutes remain...

72’

The clock is ticking...

Saints have two recognised strikers on the pitch, but time is running out if we are to stage a dramatic comeback. Come on lads!

Sofiane Boufal off, Charlie Austin on

Mauricio Pellegrino introduces another striker with his third and final substitution.

Manolo Gabbiadini off, Shane Long on

It's a second change for the Saints, who find themselves 2-0 down.

Janmaat makes it two

Daryl Janmaat has only just come on, but the right-back has doubled Watford's lead with another fierce low shot from distance, this time to Forster's right.

65’

Goal

Daryl Janmaat (65’) | Southampton 0 2 Watford

62’

Watford substitution: Daryl Janmaat replaces Francisco Femenía Far

The injured Femenía hobbles off as Marco Silva makes two changes to his defensive line.

61’

Watford substitution: Adrian Mariappa replaces Younes Kaboul

It's a double change for the visitors...

60’

Saints turning up the heat

Jack Stephens has an effort blocked from a Saints corner, before Nathan Redmond shoots into the side-netting from an acute angle.

58’

Boufal fires over

Nathan Redmond finds Sofiane Boufal, who steps inside his man but sends a 20-yard shot ballooning over the crossbar.

53’

Bertrand comes close

Ryan Bertrand bursts into the penalty area, but his right-footed shot is blocked and goes behind for a corner that Watford deal with.

Saints in need of inspiration

Nathan Redmond gets on the attack as Saints chase a second-half equaliser.

47’

Second half begins

We're back under way at St Mary's ⚽️

James Ward-Prowse off, Dušan Tadić on

It's a half-time change for the Saints.

Saints resistance broken

Abdoulaye Doucouré's low shot beats Fraser Forster to give the visitors a one-goal lead at the break.

HT

HALF TIME: SOUTHAMPTON 0-1 WATFORD

Saints trail at the interval to Abdoulaye Doucouré's skidding low shot, and there's work to do for Mauricio Pellegrino's team in the second half.

+1’

Doucouré threatens a second

Watford are full of confidence now. Tom Cleverley raids down the left, and his low cross is flicked into the path of the onrushing Doucouré, who lashes over from distance.

42’

Richarlison goes close

Richarlison picks up possession on the left corner of the area and lets fly with a well-struck shot that just veers wide of the near post.

Doucouré fires in the opener

Watford take the lead out of nothing. Doucouré reacts quickest to a dropping ball and lashes home a low shot from 25 yards to beat Fraser Forster down to his left-hand side.

38’

Goal

Abdoulaye Doucouré (38’) | Southampton 0 1 Watford

31’

Keepers watch on...

Half an hour on the clock at St Mary's, but neither goalkeeper has had a save to make. Who will make the first move?

25’

Watford enjoy spell of pressure

José Holebas sends a free kick sailing inches wide, before Richarlison cuts inside from the left and sees his shot deflected behind by Jack Stephens.

Still no breakthrough

Ryan Bertrand delivers a cross from the left flank as we reach the midpoint in the first half. Still goalless at St Mary's.

20’

So close!

Sofiane Boufal gets to the byeline and cuts the ball back, but it rolls agonisingly between James Ward-Prowse and Oriol Romeu as Watford survive.

12’

Saints force the first corner

Ryan Bertrand wins a corner as his cross is deflected behind, but James Ward-Prowse's delivery is headed clear.

10’

Early Watford possession

The Hornets are enjoying the bulk of the early possession, but neither team has yet fashioned a clear-cut chance.

3’

Chalobah stays down...

There's an early break in play as Nathaniel Chalobah receives treatment on the halfway line, but the former Chelsea man is fit to continue.

We're under way!

The visitors get us up and running at St Mary's!

15.00

Boufal starts

Sofiane Boufal replaces Dušan Tadić as one of two Saints changes; Wesley Hoedt comes in for Maya Yoshida.

14.51

Debut!

Wesley Hoedt was an unused substitute last time out at Huddersfield, but is thrust into the starting line-up this afternoon for his Saints debut 👊🏼

14.48

Here comes the rain!

The Saints starters loosen up before kick-off as the rain hammers down at St Mary's ☔️

14.41

Watford team confirmed

Starting XI: Gomes, Femenía, Kaboul, Kabasele, Holebas, Chalobah, Doucouré, Carrillo, Cleverley, Richarlison, Gray.

Subs: Karnezis, Mariappa, Janmaat, Watson, Capoue, Success, Deeney.

14.05

Saints team confirmed

Starting XI: Forster, Cédric, Stephens, Hoedt, Bertrand, Romeu, Davis, Ward-Prowse, Boufal, Redmond, Gabbiadini.

Subs: McCarthy, Yoshida, Lemina, McQueen, Tadić, Long, Austin.

14.02

Five minutes until team news...

Stay tuned to find out who Mauricio Pellegrino has included in his starting line-up to take on the Hornets.

13.55

Shooting practice

Saints scored three times last time out at St Mary's in the Premier League. Watch the players continue their preparations with some fine finishing in the week ⚽️

13.43

Two hours until kick-off!

The Southampton and Watford line-ups will be revealed in one hours' time. Who will be on the teamsheet?

13.00

Watch the players arrive!

Our cameras were in the right place to see the lads welcomed by the Saints supporters as the countdown to kick-off continues.

12.41

The players are here!

The Southampton squad is already at St Mary's for today's game, and our club photographer was on hand to capture their arrivals. 

12.22

They are always a tough team with strong players – solid and difficult to beat. But when we played them away last season we were able to create chances and score goals. To score four goals again would be amazing!

oriol romeu
southampton midfielder
12.13

Pellegrino previews Watford

Manager Mauricio Pellegrino gives his thoughts ahead of Watford clash.

11.12

It's matchday at St Mary's!

Southampton return to Premier League action as they host Watford, and we'll be bringing you all the action here on Matchday Live throughout the day.

11.10

Saints v WAT Line Ups

Southampton

44
Fraser Forster (GK)
21
Ryan Bertrand
2
Cédric Soares
5
Jack Stephens
6
Wesley Hoedt
14
Oriol Romeu
22
Nathan Redmond
16
James Ward-Prowse
Dusan Tadic (45′)
19
Sofiane Boufal
Charlie Austin (71′)
8
Steven Davis (C)
20
Manolo Gabbiadini
Shane Long (69′)
13
Alex McCarthy
11
Dusan Tadic
10
Charlie Austin
3
Maya Yoshida
18
Mario Lemina
38
Sam McQueen
7
Shane Long

Watford

1
Heurelho Gomes (GK) (C)
21
Kiko Femenía
Daryl Janmaat (62′)
4
Younes Kaboul
Adrian Mariappa (61′)
25
José Holebas
27
Christian Kabasele
28
André Carrillo
8
Tom Cleverley
11
Richarlison
14
Nathaniel Chalobah
16
Abdoulaye Doucouré
18
Andre Gray
Troy Deeney (84′)
30
Orestis Karnezis
29
Etienne Capoue
9
Troy Deeney
23
Ben Watson
2
Daryl Janmaat
10
Isaac Success
6
Adrian Mariappa

Saints v WAT Match Stats

Southampton

Head to Head Stats

Watford
  • Possession (%)
    53
    47
  • Shots
    9
    12
  • Shots on target
    1
    3
  • Corners
    7
    4
  • Passes Complete
    304
    276

Top Saints Player Stats

Shots On Target
1
Cédric
Cédric
Chances Created
2
Oriol Romeu
Oriol Romeu
Passes Completed
42
Steven Davis
Steven Davis
Tackles
10
Cédric
Cédric
Clearances
4
Jack Stephens
Jack Stephens
Saves
1
Fraser Forster
Fraser Forster