Ward-Prowse at the double but Watford fight back

Vicarage Road | Sat 13 Jan 3PM | Attendance: 20,018
Match Report Highlights

WAT vs Saints Match Centre

WAT vs Saints As It Happened

Key moments so far

  • James Ward-Prowse's double gave Saints the lead against Watford.
  • Saints' attacking duo Dušan Tadić and Shane Long proved real threats all afternoon.
  • Andre Gray pulls one back for the hosts from close range.
  • Doucoure's late and controversial leveller earns a point for the hosts.

FULL TIME: Watford 2-2 Saints

Cruel for Saints who are denied all three points by Abdoulaye Doucouré's controversial late leveller at Vicarage Road. 😔

+3’

Southampton substitution: Josh Sims replaces James Ward-Prowse

Young winger Josh Sims comes on as we search for a last-gasp winner.

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+2’

Southampton substitution: Sofiane Boufal replaces Dušan Tadić

Double change and the first sees Dušan Tadić make way for Sofiane Boufal

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Doucouré levels

Troy Deeney heads the ball down to Abdoulaye Doucouré and he bundles in with what looks like his hand as Alex McCarthy came out to meet him.

90’

GOAL

Abdoulaye Doucouré (90’) | Watford 2 2 Southampton

87’

Yellow Card for Dušan Tadić (Southampton)

Dušan Tadić gets a yellow card now for grabbing the ball from Daryl Janmaat. Edging closer to full-time here.

83’

Yellow Card for Alex McCarthy (Southampton)

Alex McCarthy is carded for taking too long over a goal-kick.

81’

Yellow Card for Oriol Romeu (Southampton)

Oriol Romeu stops Stefano Okaka breaking in the middle of the pitch and picks up a yellow card.

Into the final 10 minutes...

Come on Saints! Dig in! 👊

Applause for Graham Taylor at Vicarage Road

A huge applause ripples around Vicarage Road to remember the late Graham Taylor, who passed away a year ago yesterday. 👏

73’

Watford substitution: Stefano Okaka replaces Andre Gray

Goalscorer Andre Gray makes way for Stefano Okaka.

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69’

Højbjerg's header goes over

Ryan Bertrand gets down the left after a lovely flick by Dušan Tadić, picks out Pierre-Emile Højbjerg with a lofted ball in but his header loops over.

65’

Saints under pressure

Andre Gray's low cross is turned behind superbly by Wesley Hoedt with Troy Deeney waiting behind him, before the corner comes in and Molla Wague causes a problem but can't get a meaningful contact with his head.

62’

Southampton substitution: Mario Lemina replaces Steven Davis

Mauricio Pellegrino makes a tactical switch to try and bring the momentum back in Saints favour after being under heavy pressure since the start of the second period.

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Gray heads in

The pressure has been building and after Janmaat hits the bar, it loops up and Andre Gray is quickest to react to head in his first goal for Watford at Vicarage Road.

57’

GOAL

Andre Gray (57’) | Watford 1 2 Southampton

56’

Pereyra shoots wide

Watford trying to find a way back into this one and after André Carrillo sets the ball back on the edge of the box, Roberto Pereyra hits an effort wide.

54’

Hoedt wins a battle with Gray

Troy Deeney heads the ball on and Andre Gray has an opportunity in the box, but Wesley Hoedt does well to wrestle with him and make a vital challenge.

47’

Richarlison heads over

Daryl Janmaat swings in a cross from the right, both Andre Gray and Richarlison go for it and the latter gets his head to it but can't direct it goalwards.

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We're back under way for the second-half...

Let's finish the job, Saints! 😇

HALF TIME: Watford 0-2 Saints

A James Ward-Prowse double has given Mauricio Pellegrino's men the visitors at the break at Vicarage Road! 😇

GOALSCORER 16 James Ward-Prowse

WARD-PROWSE AGAIN

A superb burst of pace down the left from Shane Long sees him find Dušan Tadić in the box, who coolly rolls the ball into Ward-Prowse and he sweeps home for his second.

44’

GOOOAL!!!

James Ward-Prowse (44’) | Watford 0 2 Southampton

35’

Watford substitution: Roberto Pereyra replaces Tom Cleverley

The first change of the game is from the host as Tom Cleverley is replaced with an injury.

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34’

Long denied by Zeegelaar at the back post

Dušan Tadić gets to the byline on the left and his low cross finds Shane Long at the far post, who controls on the stretch but Zeegelaar makes a vital block from his goalbound shot.

32’

Yellow Card for Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Southampton)

Pierre-Emile Højbjerg goes into the book for a challenge on Tom Cleverley from behind near the touchline.

24’

Gomes denies Long

Dušan Tadić goes down the right and picks out a superb cross to the back post for the dangerous Shane Long and he climbs high to power a header at goal and force Gomes into a smart save.

GOALSCORER 16 James Ward-Prowse

GET IN THERE PROWSEY!

James Ward-Prowse nets his first Premier League goal of the season. Wonderful work from Shane Long sees him reach the byline before a clever cut back and Ward-Prowse sweeps it home past Gomes. 

20’

GOOOAL!!!

James Ward-Prowse (20’) | Watford 0 1 Southampton

20’

McCarthy denies Janmaat

After a spell of Watford pressure, Daryl Janmaat takes in Ben Watson's pass on the edge of the box and the Dutch international tests Alex McCarthy with a stinging drive. Important fingertips on it!

15’

Cédric fires over

After Christian Kabasele had done well to block Shane Long's effort, the ball eventually falls out to Cédric on the edge of the box and he hits his shot well over.

3’

Chance for Shane Long early on

Oriol Romeu shows quick feet to weave his way into the box and the ball finds Shane Long, who is flagged offside. Looked on! 👀

1’

We're under way at Vicarage Road!

Dušan Tadić gets the first half going here as Southampton take on Watford. Come on! 😇

Ward-Prowse speaks ahead of Watford

Hear from James Ward-Prowse as he gives his final thoughts before today's meeting with Watford at Vicarage Road.

14.51

1️⃣0️⃣ minutes to go!

The Southampton squad are put through their final preparations ahead of today's clash with Watford in the Premier League.

14.49

Heading in to Vicarage Road

Watch as the Southampton squad made their way into Vicarage Road for today's Premier League meeting with Watford.

14.14

Watford make three changes

Starting XI: Gomes, Janmaat, Wagué, Kabasele, Zeegelaar, Watson, Doucouré, Cleverley, Richarlison, Carrillo, Gray.
Subs: Karnezis, Prödl, Mariappa, Holebas, Okaka, Deeney, Pereyra.

14.11

Team news is in!

Starting XI: McCarthy, Cédric, Stephens, Hoedt, Bertrand, Romeu, Højbjerg, Davis (c), Tadić, Ward-Prowse, Long.
Subs: Forster, Pied, Bednarek, Lemina, Boufal, Sims, Gabbiadini.

14.01
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Focused on producing a big display! 👊

Saints have arrived at Vicarage Road! We'll bring you the team news right here at 2pm GMT.

13.42
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Back in red and white today!

Saints will be in their traditional red and white kit today at Watford in the Premier League! 😍

12.42

Opposition View: Watford

Get the thoughts of Watford boss Marco Silva ahead of this afternoon's clash with Saints here.

10.22

it's a massive game. everybody is conscious about how we are and what we need to do to change the situation.

mauricio pellegrino
southampton boss
10.15

Last time out at Vicarage Road

Take a look back at the goals as Southampton won an enthralling encounter away at Watford last season in March 2017.

10.11

Saints prepare for Watford clash

Watch footage from Staplewood Campus, as the Southampton squad prepared for today's meeting with Watford in the Premier League.

10.04

It's matchday! 🐝 🆚 😇

It's matchday in the capital as Saints travel to take on Watford, looking to get back on track in the Premier League after last week's 1-0 success over Fulham in the FA Cup third round. Stay tuned for all the build-up, team news, live updates and free audio commentary. Let's do this 👊

10.02

WAT vs Saints Line Ups

Watford

1
Heurelho Gomes (GK) (C)
2
Daryl Janmaat
22
Marvin Zeegelaar
13
Molla Wagué
27
Christian Kabasele
16
Abdoulaye Doucouré
23
Ben Watson
Troy Deeney (45′)
8
Tom Cleverley
Roberto Pereyra (35′)
11
Richarlison
28
André Carrillo
18
Andre Gray
Stefano Okaka (73′)
37
Roberto Pereyra
33
Stefano Okaka
6
Adrian Mariappa
25
José Holebas
30
Orestis Karnezis
9
Troy Deeney
5
Sebastian Prödl

Southampton

13
Alex McCarthy (GK)
2
Cédric Soares
5
Jack Stephens
6
Wesley Hoedt
21
Ryan Bertrand
11
Dusan Tadic
Sofiane Boufal (92′)
14
Oriol Romeu
16
James Ward-Prowse
Josh Sims (93′)
23
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
8
Steven Davis (C)
Mario Lemina (63′)
7
Shane Long
44
Fraser Forster
26
Jérémy Pied
20
Manolo Gabbiadini
19
Sofiane Boufal
18
Mario Lemina
39
Josh Sims
35
Jan Bednarek

WAT vs Saints Match Stats

Watford

Head to Head Stats

Southampton
  • Possession (%)
    56
    44
  • Shots
    16
    10
  • Shots on target
    4
    4
  • Corners
    5
    4
  • Passes Complete
    350
    256

Top Saints Player Stats

Goals
2
James Ward-Prowse
James Ward-Prowse
Shots On Target
2
James Ward-Prowse
James Ward-Prowse
Chances Created
2
Dušan Tadić
Dušan Tadić
Passes Completed
36
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Tackles
3
James Ward-Prowse
James Ward-Prowse
Clearances
6
Jack Stephens
Jack Stephens
Saves
2
Alex McCarthy
Alex McCarthy