Saints vs WAT Match Centre
There are lessons to be learned, says Pellegrino
Mauricio Pellegrino has highlighted some key areas his side need to improve on, following their defeat to Watford.
Highlights: Saints 0-2 Watford
Watch the best of the action from the clash with Watford.
Gallery: Saints 0-2 Watford
Images from Saints' defeat to Watford in the Premier League.
Video: Pellegrino on Watford defeat
Watch Mauricio Pellegrino reflect on defeat to the Hornets.
Saints beaten by Watford
Two long-range strikes saw Southampton beaten 2-0 by Watford at St Mary's.
Pellegrino: We have to take responsibility
Mauricio Pellegrino wants to see his squad take full responsibility for their performance against Watford.
Hoedt: We need to do much better
Wesley Hoedt was left disappointed with the way in which his Southampton debut played out against Watford.
Watford tickets sold out
It's set to be another full house at St Mary's.
Pellegrino: Wide men hold the key
Saints boss on how to break down unbeaten Watford.
Pellegrino pleased by Saints' spirit
"Every single game is an opportunity to improve," says Saints boss.
Match Preview: Saints vs Watford
Get the lowdown ahead of this weekend's Premier League clash.
Video: Pellegrino on Watford
Watch the manager preview the game with Watford.
Quiz: Saints' 2003 semi-final squad
Can you remember the squad that faced Watford?
Video: Romeu on Watford
Oriol Romeu previews the home game with the Hornets.
Press conference (part two): Pellegrino on Hornets
Watch the Saints boss speak with the written media.
SAINTS: Watford edition now available
Jack Stephens fronts our latest matchday programme.
Gallery: Saints get set for Watford
View the best of the images as the squad trained at Staplewood.
Inside Staplewood: Saints squad reassembles
See behind the scenes as Saints' international stars returned to Staplewood.
Video: Pre-Watford target practice
Saints get their shooting boots on ahead of return to Premier League action.
Pellegrino: Good news on van Dijk
Saints boss confirms defender is in first-team training again.
Press conference (part one): Pellegrino on Watford
Watch the Saints boss speak to the media.
Video: Saints goals vs Watford
Watch a selection of Saints goals against Watford.
Saints vs 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
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.
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.
Four added minutes
Saints are running out of time and it's the Watford fans making all the noise at St Mary's.
Richarlison bursts into the Southampton box, but Jack Stephens stands up and makes an important last-ditch tackle.
Watford substitution: Troy Deeney replaces Andre Gray
Marco Silva makes his last substitution and it's a like-for-like replacement up front.
Jack Stephens' shot is blocked as Saints chase a route back into the game. Eight minutes remain...
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.
Daryl Janmaat (65’) | Southampton 0 – 2 Watford
Watford substitution: Daryl Janmaat replaces Francisco Femenía Far
The injured Femenía hobbles off as Marco Silva makes two changes to his defensive line.
Watford substitution: Adrian Mariappa replaces Younes Kaboul
It's a double change for the visitors...
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.
Boufal fires over
Nathan Redmond finds Sofiane Boufal, who steps inside his man but sends a 20-yard shot ballooning over the crossbar.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Abdoulaye Doucouré (38’) | Southampton 0 – 1 Watford
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?
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.
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.
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.
Early Watford possession
The Hornets are enjoying the bulk of the early possession, but neither team has yet fashioned a clear-cut chance.
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
Sofiane Boufal replaces Dušan Tadić as one of two Saints changes; Wesley Hoedt comes in for Maya Yoshida.14.51
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.
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
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
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 romeusouthampton midfielder
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 vs WAT Line Ups
Fraser Forster (GK)
James Ward-ProwseDusan Tadic (45′)
Sofiane BoufalCharlie Austin (71′)
Steven Davis (C)
Manolo GabbiadiniShane Long (69′)
Heurelho Gomes (GK) (C)
Younes KaboulAdrian Mariappa (61′)
Kiko FemeníaDaryl Janmaat (62′)
Andre GrayTroy Deeney (84′)
Saints vs WAT Match Stats
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