Saints pegged back after Long breaks record

Vicarage Road | Tue 23 Apr 7.45PM | Attendance: 19,170
Match Report Highlights

WAT vs Saints
Match Centre

WAT vs Saints As It Happened

saints denied late by watford

  • Shane Long gave Saints the lead after seven seconds. The fastest goal in PL history.
  • Andre Gray levelled late for the hosts from close range.
  • The third Premier League game in a row between the sides ends in a draw.
  • The hosts move into 7th, while Saints move on to 37 points.
Photo by matt watson

full time: watford 1-1 saints

shane long's strike looked to have won it but southampton are denied victory at the death by andre gray as the two sides go away with a point apiece.

gray levels it

femenia's cross falls kindly to gray in the box and he slams the ball in at the near post. 😫😫😫

89’

GOAL

Andre Gray (89’) | 1 1

88’

gunn denies pereyra with a smart save

pereyra has a chance inside the box but gunn gets down to make a good save. that could be a big moment! ⛔

87’

yoshida clears behind

gray picks out deulofeu who tries to return the favour. yoshida makes a vital interception and the resulting corner is cleared. 🙌

86’

valery makes a brilliant run down the right

valery does really well down the right, dinking the ball over a defender before driving into space but his final action lets him down, with ward-prowse and redmond in support.

83’

sims is offside

ward-prowse picks out the run of sims after some patient build-up play from saints but he had gone too early.

79’

Yellow Card for Adam Masina (Watford)

Sims uses his pace to get away from masina and he hauls him back. that's the fifth yellow card of the evening for the hosts.

78’

foster pushes ward-prowse's free-kick out

ward-prowse takes the free-kick and forces foster to push the ball away with his dipping strike.

77’

Southampton substitution: Yan Valery replaces Shane Long

long's evening is over. he felt something after that challenge from kabasele and valery is on to replace the goalscorer.

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76’

Watford substitution: Isaac Success Ajayi replaces Will Hughes

it's another change for the hosts as they look for an equaliser. yan valery is being prepared as saints' third and final change.

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75’

Yellow Card for Christian Kabasele (Watford)

kabasele gets a yellow card after long bursts away from him. it's a free-kick just outside the penalty area.

73’

Southampton substitution: Mario Lemina replaces Oriol Romeu

romeu is replaced by lemina as the boss makes a second switch. let's go mario! 

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69’

a clash of heads between yoshida and hughes

yoshida and hughes collide and the saints man is still receiving treatment from the medical staff. thankfully both players look to be ok.

66’

Southampton substitution: Josh Sims replaces Stuart Armstrong

it's the first change of the night for saints as sims replaces armstrong.

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64’

kabasele goes down in the box...no penalty

kabasele falls inside the area after a corner comes in, but there's minimal contact from long and nothing is given.

63’

janmaat's strike deflects out

janmaat takes aim from distance and it hits yoshida then højbjerg on its way out for a corner.

63’

ward-prowse stops pereyra in his tracks

roberto pereyra looks to weave his way into a more promising position inside the box but he's tracked well ward-prowse.

57’

Yellow Card for Gerard Deulofeu (Watford)

deulofeu gets a yellow card for protesting against a foul given in the corner for a push on stephens.

55’

deulofeu's set-piece is cleared

stephens brings down hughes on the right but deulofeu's free-kick is palmed away by gunn. the ball eventually comes back in from janmaat but the saints keeper catches it.

53’

yoshida intercepts doucoure's through ball

doucoure looks to thread the ball through to gray but yoshida reads it well to make a timely interception.

50’

doucoure's header is collected by gunn

doucoure looks to power home femenia's right-wing cross but it's comfortably collected by gunn.

45’

saints get us going for the second-half...

let's finish the job, saints! 👊

HT

Watford substitution: Francisco Femenía Far replaces Craig Cathcart

IT'S A SWITCH AT THE BREAK HERE FROM JAVI GRACIA. FEMENIA REPLACES CATHCART.

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the first-half in photos 📸

TAKE A LOOK THROUGH A SELECTION OF IMAGES FROM THE FIRST-HALF HERE AT VICARAGE ROAD, WITH SAINTS LEADING THANKS TO SHANE LONG'S RECORD-BREAKING STRIKE.

Photo by matt watson

half time: watford 0-1 saints

it's been a superb first-half from southampton. shane long has netted the quickest goal in premier league history with his effort coming after just seven seconds. the hosts have probed for a way back into the game, but will want to move the ball quicker if they're to break down saints.

+1’

Yellow Card for Jan Bednarek (Southampton)

bednarek is booked for a challenge on capoue. it looked like he won the ball but caught the watford skipper as well.

44’

deulofeu goes close at the other end

doucoure plays the ball over the top from deep for deulofeu, who controls the ball well and swivels to shoot - seeing his effort go just wide of the far post.

43’

bertrand hits the post

Redmond fizzes in a low cross from the right which bertrand meets at the far post on the stretch and he strikes the woodwork.

40’

Yellow Card for Abdoulaye Doucouré (Watford)

armstrong leaves doucoure trailing in his wake with a run down the left and forces the watford man into a cynical foul, which sees him go into the book.

39’

handball against yoshida

ward-prowse's corner delivery finds yoshida but he takes the ball down with an arm and it's a free-kick to watford.

39’

big chance for redmond

long takes the ball superbly out the air before playing the ball to redmond, who takes the ball around foster but the keeper makes a really good save to turn the shot on the post and out for a corner.

33’

bertrand is bundled over by cathcart

bertrand drives forward and goes down under a challenge from cathcart right on the edge of the area but mike dean waves away appeals for a foul.

29’

redmond called offside

saints move the ball forward well as long picks out ward-prowse, who then feeds the ball to redmond inside the box. his effort strikes the bar from an angle but the flag is up anyway.

27’

janmaat's shot is blocked by yoshida

janmaat brings the ball forward and tries a shot, but it doesn't have enough power on it and yoshida blocks it away.

25’

Yellow Card for Etienne Capoue (Watford)

capoue is now booked for a late challenge on romeu to make it a booking apiece in that midfield battle.

25’

redmond's effort isn't far away!

redmond drifts inside from the right after a pass from ward-prowse, taking on a hesistant cathcart before unleashing a right-footed shot that foster does well to get a hand on.

22’

bertrand fouls hughes inside the watford half

mike dean awards a free-kick to watford inside their own half after a foul by bertrand on hughes.

⚡ SHANE LONG ⚡

LIGHTENING START! SHANE LONG CELEBRATES SCORING THE FASTEST GOAL IN PREMIER LEAGUE HISTORY, WHICH IS TIMED BY OPTA AS BEING JUST Seven SECONDS IN.

16’

Yellow Card for Oriol Romeu (Southampton)

the first yellow card of the evening is given to romeu as he stops a counter-attack with a foul of capoue.

15’

close from long! 😫

højbjerg plays the ball wide to ward-prowse and he sends in a dangerous whipped cross to the back post. long is there to meet it with his head but it goes just wide.

14’

deulofeu's cross is blocked by stephens

watford work the ball wide with doucoure and deulofeu combining again. the spaniard's cross is blocked behind by stephens inside the box and saints clear.

12’

deulofeu curls wide

deulofeu plays a one-two with doucoure and tries to bend one in the far corner with his right foot from the edge of the area but it drifts just wide.

8’

armstrong catches kabasele

watford are keeping possession in their own half and armstrong catches kabasele late. it'll be a free-kick in the watford half and it's played short.

3’

gray denied by gunn

deulofeu sends in a cross from the right towards gray, who finds himself unmarked but is denied at close range by gunn. gray then tries to head the rebound home but it's always rising over.

GOALSCORER 7 Shane Long

wow! what a start!

craig cathcart's clearance blocked and long gets in to dink it over foster after just seven seconds! that's the fastest premier league goal in history 😍😍😍

0’

GOOOAL!!!

Shane Long (0’) | 0 1

0’

watford get us under way

we're under way at vicarage road. come on saints!

📍 HEADING IN FOR ACTION

WATCH AS THE SOUTHAMPTON SQUAD ARRIVED AT VICARAGE ROAD EARLIER THIS EVENING FOR THE MEETING WITH WATFORD.

19.38
Photo by MATT WATSON

YOU THINK NATHAN REDMOND WILL BE 🔑

WE ASKED, YOU ANSWERED! WITH 27%, YOU'RE BACKING NATHAN REDMOND TO FIRE AGAIN FOR SAINTS TONIGHT. HE EDGED OUT STUART ARMSTRONG (23%) AFTER HIS IMPRESSIVE DISPLAY OFF THE BENCH AGAINST nEWCASTLE UNITED ON SATURDAY.

19.24

IT'S AN IMPORTANT OPPORTUNITY TO SHOW OURSELVES AGAIN JUST THREE DAYS SINCE WE PLAYED A TERRIBLE GAME AGAINST NEWCASTLE, TO BE HONEST. WE'RE ALL READY TO GO. HOPEFULLY WE CAN GET THE THREE POINTS AND WE'RE GOING TO BE SAFE.

MAYA YOSHIDA
SOUTHAMPTON DEFENDER
19.21

THERE ARE A FEW FRESH PLAYERS AFTER AN INTENSIVE GAME ON SATURDAY. IT'S IMPORTANT FOR US, MAINLY IN THE FIRST ROW THAT WE HAVE GOOD SPRINTING QUALITY AND THE TWO GUYS DESERVE TO PLAY.

RALPH HASENHÜTTL

SOUTHAMPTON MANAGER ON THE TWO CHANGES HE'S MADE TO THE STARTING XI TONIGHT
19.14

FOCUS LEVEL: 💯

OUR PHOTOGRAPHER WAS ON HAND TO CAPTURE THE SOUTHAMPTON SQUAD ARRIVING AT VICARAGE ROAD. 📸

19.06
VOTE NOW
you've seen the teams! who will our key man be tonight against watford?

you've seen the teams! who will our key man be tonight against watford?

The results so far:

  • stuart armstrong
    23%
  • angus gunn
    12%
  • pierre-emile højbjerg
    18%
  • nathan redmond
    28%
  • james ward-prowse
    8%
  • jan bednarek
    11%

the hosts line-up as follows... 🐝

starting xi: foster, janmaat, kabasele, cathcart, masina, doucoure, capoue (c), hughes, deulofeu, pereyra, gray.

subs: gomes, britos, mariappa, sema, chalobah, success, femenia.

18.48
Photo by MATT WATSON

team news is in! 😇

STARTING XI: GUNN, STEPHENS, BEDNAREK, YOSHIDA, BERTRAND, ROMEU, WARD-PROWSE, højbjerg (C), REDMOND, ARMSTRONG, LONG

Subs: forster, valery, ramsay, lemina, sims, austin, ings

18.45

watford, millwall, forest and brighton! 🎩

the answer to our poll: "rickie lambert scored four hat-tricks in the 2011/12 season, including the one at watford. which clubs did the other three come against?" was millwall, forest and brighton.

18.16

vicarage road is ready 📸

the scene is set at vicarage road! saints will be wearing their third kit tonight against watford. 

17.38

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW AHEAD OF TONIGHT'S CLASH

GET CLUED UP AHEAD OF TONIGHT'S MEETING WITH WATFORD IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE WITH OUR MATCH PACK, IN ASSOCIATION WITH SPORTPESA. CLICK HERE

16.56
VOTE NOW
rickie lambert scored four hat-tricks in the 2011/12 season, including the one at watford. which clubs did the the other three come against?

rickie lambert scored four hat-tricks in the 2011/12 season, including the one at watford. which clubs did the the other three come against?

The results so far:

  • nottingham forest, derby, crystal palace
    7%
  • brighton, leeds, millwall
    40%
  • millwall, nottingham forest, brighton
    33%
  • blackpool, crystal palace, ipswich
    20%

Rickie lambert doing what rickie lambert did 😍⚽

it was a hat-trick for rickie lambert when southampton met watford in the 2011/12 campaign at vicarage road! 

14.23

SAINTS WOMEN CROWNED LEAGUE CHAMPIONS! 🏆

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON EASTER SUNDAY, SOUTHAMPTON FC WOMEN WERE CROWNED LEAGUE CHAMPIONS AS THEY BEAT BARTON ROVERS 8-0 AT AFC TOTTON! WATCH BACK THE GOALS ABOVE!

14.14

BEFORE PLAYING THE GAME MY PLAYERS WILL KNOW PERFECTLY THAT WE NEED THE POINTS MORE THAN SOUTHAMPTON. THAT'S THE BEST MENTALITY TO HAVE.

JAVI GRACIA
WATFORD HEAD COACH
14.03

THEY ARE ONE OF THE BEST TEAMS IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE SO FAR THIS SEASON, SO WE KNOW IT IS DIFFICULT TO GET POINTS THERE. I THINK IF WE MAKE A GOOD GAME THEN WE ARE ABLE TO BEAT EVERY TEAM IN THIS LEAGUE.

RALPH HASENHÜTTL
SOUTHAMPTON MANAGER
13.57
Southampton FC

⚡️ THE FINAL SPRINT under the lights...Who’s ready #SaintsFC 🆚 #WatfordFC tonight? ⚡️#WeMarchOn

13.54

A SEVEN-GOAL THRILLER AT VICARAGE ROAD!

REMEMBER THIS ONE, SAINTS FANS? WATCH BACK THE GOALS FROM SOUTHAMPTON'S 4-3 WIN AT VICARAGE ROAD BACK IN MARCH 2017.

13.54

hear from the sAINTS boss ahead of watford

get the thoughts of southampton boss ralph hasenhüttl ahead of tonight's meeting with watford in the premier league.

13.50
Photo by matt watson

TOGETHER TO WATFORD 👊

welcome to matchday live! we're on the road again as southampton take on watford in the premier league at vicarage road. victory for Ralph Hasenhüttl's men will help them edge closer to the 40-point mark, but they come up against a watford side chasing  european football on two fronts. stay with us for build-up, live updates and free commentary. coyr! 🔴⚪

13.48

WAT vs Saints Line Ups

Watford

26
Ben Foster (GK)
2
Daryl Janmaat
27
Christian Kabasele
15
Craig Cathcart
Kiko Femenía (45′)
11
Adam Masina
16
Abdoulaye Doucouré
37
Roberto Pereyra
29
Etienne Capoue (C)
19
Will Hughes
Isaac Success (77′)
7
Gerard Deulofeu
18
Andre Gray
14
Nathaniel Chalobah
12
Ken Sema
21
Kiko Femenía
6
Adrian Mariappa
3
Miguel Britos
10
Isaac Success
1
Heurelho Gomes

Southampton

28
Angus Gunn (GK)
35
Jan Bednarek
3
Maya Yoshida
5
Jack Stephens
16
James Ward-Prowse
23
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (C)
21
Ryan Bertrand
14
Oriol Romeu
Mario Lemina (74′)
17
Stuart Armstrong
Josh Sims (67′)
7
Shane Long
Yan Valery (78′)
22
Nathan Redmond
10
Charlie Austin
18
Mario Lemina
44
Fraser Forster
39
Josh Sims
43
Yan Valery
9
Danny Ings
66
Kayne Ramsay

WAT vs Saints Match Stats

Watford

Head to Head Stats

Southampton
  • Possession (%)
    62
    38
  • Shots
    15
    8
  • Shots on target
    4
    4
  • Corners
    3
    4
  • Passes Complete
    475
    243

Top Saints Player Stats

Goals
1
Shane Long
Shane Long
Shots On Target
2
Nathan Redmond
Nathan Redmond
Chances Created
2
Nathan Redmond
Nathan Redmond
Passes Completed
37
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Tackles
4
Jack Stephens
Jack Stephens
Clearances
9
Jan Bednarek
Jan Bednarek
Saves
3
Angus Gunn
Angus Gunn