2016/17 Season Review: March

By SFC Media Fri 09 Jun First team

After a cruel defeat at Wembley in the EFL Cup final against Manchester United, Saints showed their resilience by bouncing back to earn a superb 4-3 victory over Watford at Vicarage Road in the Premier League.

Troy Deeney struck on four minutes to put Claude Puel’s on the back foot, but their response was superb and goals from Dušan Tadić and Nathan Redmond put them 2-1 up going into the interval.

In the second-half, Stefano Okaka had levelled things against the run of play to give the hosts a fighting chance of a point.

But the Hornets were soon stung by the majestic form of Manolo Gabbiadini, who made it six goals in four games when he pounced on a loose ball in the area following Heurelho Gomes’ parry.

The points were secured when Nathan Redmond netted his second of the goal late on, with Abdoulaye Doucoure’s late goal little more than a consolation.

Not since 1976 had Saints scored so many away goals in successive games and it was the first time since the 2010/2011 campaign that Southampton have scored four times in successive matches, after their 4-0 win over Sunderland.

In a month with just two games, there was immense pride as both James Ward-Prowse and Nathan Redmond earned their first senior England call-ups from Gareth Southgate for their friendly against Germany.

Both would go on to make their debuts for the Three Lions in the 1-0 defeat in Dortmund, with Saints defender Ryan Bertrand also playing 82 minutes. Redmond was introduced just after the hour mark for Adam Lallana, while Ward-Prowse replaced Jake Livermore with eight minutes remaining.

Before that, it was not to be as a spirited display fell just short against the title challengers Tottenham. Puel's men went to White Hart Lane in search of a third successive away success in the Premier League, but Christian Eriksen’s strike and a contentious Dele Alli penalty proved the difference in a first-half that also saw Saints lose Manolo Gabbiadini to injury.

On 52 minutes, the deficit was halved when Ryan Bertrand’s dangerous low cross worked its way to James Ward-Prowse at the back post, who made no mistake with his control and left-footed shot – but the hosts held on.

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