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Southampton 0-2 Watford

Doucoure
Abdoulaye Doucoure's first-half goal was his second of the season after also scoring in the 3-3 draw versus Liverpool in August

Watford scored two spectacular goals as they deservedly won away at Southampton to move up to fourth in the Premier League table.

Abdoulaye Doucoure put the Hornets ahead with a sweet, low half-volley from 25 yards to beat Fraser Forster at the end of the first half.

Substitute Daryl Janmaat had only been on the pitch for four minutes before he made it 2-0 with a fine 30-yard strike.

Cedric Soares had Saints' only shot on target in the match, a 30-yard effort saved in injury time.

Silva's wonderful start

The victory continues a fantastic start for Watford manager Marco Silva, who has now registered two wins and two draws in his opening four Premier League matches since replacing the sacked Walter Mazzarri.

The Hornets finished 17th last season, one place above the relegation zone, but the former Hull City boss has quickly developed his side into a well-organised, hard-to-beat outfit.

They had plenty of possession and deserved their 38th-minute lead, Doucoure finishing well from 25 yards after Southampton failed to clear Jose Holebas' long throw.

Even though they lost defenders Younes Kaboul and Kiko Femenia to injury midway through the second half, the visitors remained organised and disciplined, with Southampton going 92 minutes before finally registering a shot on target.

Janmaat, who replaced Femenia in the 62nd minute, made the result safe with another superb strike after he connected with Tom Cleverley's clever sideways header.

"We have a very good spirit in the squad and everyone was ready to play today," said Doucoure. "We're training very hard and the manager has got us into a very good shape."

Southampton
Goal-shy Saints: Cedric Soares' injury-time effort was Southampton's only shot on target (green circle), with Saints having three attempts that were off target through Shane Long (seven), Nathan Redmond (22) and Sofiane Boufal (19)

Southampton's goalscoring problems continue

Southampton have now failed to score in four of their five matches in all competitions in 2017-18.

Italy international Manolo Gabbiadini was ineffective and even the second-half introductions of forwards Shane Long and Charlie Austin could not help them find a way through the Watford defence.

But Southampton struggling for goals is nothing new. They did not score in six of their last eight league matches last season, a run that contributed to the sacking of Claude Puel in June, despite him guiding the club to an eighth-placed finish and the League Cup final.

Mauricio Pellegrino, who replaced Puel in the summer and then sold England striker Jay Rodriguez to West Brom for £12m in July, will be hoping his team can quickly improve up front.

Man of the match - Abdoulaye Doucoure (Watford)

Doucoure
As well as scoring the opening goal, Abdoulaye Doucoure also made more passes (60) than anyone else on the pitch with a 90% success rate

Rare win for Watford over the Saints - the stats

  • Watford enjoyed a league win over Southampton for the first time in eight attempts (won one, drew three, lost four); their first since October 2008 (3-0 at St Mary's).
  • Southampton have failed to score in nine of their last 12 Premier League matches, including three of their four games so far in 2017-18.
  • Watford have kept a clean sheet in three successive Premier League games for the first time since October 2016.
  • The Hornets have sealed successive Premier League away wins for only the second time, also doing so in December 2015.
  • Abdoulaye Doucoure scored his 14th top-flight goal in his career, but this was his first from outside the box (Premier League and Ligue 1 combined).
  • Daryl Janmaat's now scored three Premier League goals for Watford - all away from home. Before joining the Hornets, all three of his Premier League goals had come in home games (at Newcastle).
  • Watford's seven goals in the Premier League this season have come via six different goalscorers - only Abdoulaye Doucouré has scored more than once in the competition for them in 2017-18.

'Very proud' - what they said

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Watford were better than us - Pellegrino

Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino: "They were better in the first half, especially with second balls and physically they were fresher than us. For me it was two soft goals that we have to try to avoid in the future. Second half we were much better but could not create.

"We have to keep trying, I have confidence in my squad, I think we will improve and we will have to keep going."

On his side's failure to score for a fourth time in five matches: "It is part of football, sometimes we don't have our day, like today. It is really difficult to create to score goals, but we have to keep going. I am confident we can improve.

"Watford had a lot of people behind the ball. We have to push on and keep working."

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Marco Silva 'really happy' with Watford's unbeaten start to season

Watford manager Marco Silva: "It is really pleasing, and I am really proud of what we did.

"Congratulations for our team and our fans, they created a fantastic atmosphere and we deserved the win. It is not easy to come here and play how we played and control it how we did. We put pressure on the opponent, I do not remember a clear chance for them.

"The players work every day and this commitment and attitude means we can enjoy the match.

"Three clean sheets in a row is very important and gives the team confidence, but we played at times with a lot of quality and deserved the three points as we were stronger than our opponents.

"If you analyse the matches, we have had a lot of problems, we have used six centre backs and that is not normal, but we have kept three clean sheets. It is a very good start but we need to continue in this way."

What's next?

Southampton visit Crystal Palace in the early Premier League game on Saturday, 16 September (12:30 BST), before Watford entertain Manchester City at 15:00 BST.

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Line-ups

Southampton

  • 44Forster
  • 2Cédric Soares
  • 5Stephens
  • 6Hoedt
  • 21Bertrand
  • 14Romeu
  • 8Davis
  • 19BoufalSubstituted forAustinat 71'minutes
  • 16Ward-ProwseSubstituted forTadicat 45'minutes
  • 22Redmond
  • 20GabbiadiniSubstituted forLongat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Yoshida
  • 7Long
  • 10Austin
  • 11Tadic
  • 13McCarthy
  • 18Lemina
  • 38McQueen

Watford

  • 1Gomes
  • 21FemeníaSubstituted forJanmaatat 62'minutes
  • 27Kabasele
  • 4KaboulSubstituted forMariappaat 61'minutes
  • 25Holebas
  • 14Chalobah
  • 16Doucouré
  • 28Carrillo
  • 8Cleverley
  • 11Richarlison
  • 18GraySubstituted forDeeneyat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Janmaat
  • 6Mariappa
  • 9Deeney
  • 10Success
  • 23Watson
  • 29Capoue
  • 30Karnezis
Referee:
Lee Probert
Attendance:
31,435

Match Stats

Home TeamSouthamptonAway TeamWatford
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home9
Away12
Shots on Target
Home1
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home8
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Southampton 0, Watford 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Southampton 0, Watford 2.

Attempt missed. André Carrillo (Watford) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Abdoulaye Doucouré.

Attempt saved. Cédric Soares (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Oriol Romeu.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Daryl Janmaat.

Jack Stephens (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Troy Deeney (Watford).

Shane Long (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Adrian Mariappa (Watford).

Foul by Shane Long (Southampton).

Adrian Mariappa (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Steven Davis (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Adrian Mariappa.

Nathan Redmond (Southampton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Tom Cleverley (Watford).

Attempt missed. André Carrillo (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Nathaniel Chalobah.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by André Carrillo.

Jack Stephens (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Troy Deeney (Watford).

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Troy Deeney replaces Andre Gray.

Attempt missed. Shane Long (Southampton) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Steven Davis.

Attempt blocked. Oriol Romeu (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Wesley Hoedt.

Attempt blocked. Nathan Redmond (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Bertrand.

Foul by José Holebas (Watford).

Shane Long (Southampton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Southampton. Charlie Austin replaces Sofiane Boufal.

Offside, Southampton. Cédric Soares tries a through ball, but Shane Long is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Southampton. Shane Long replaces Manolo Gabbiadini.

Offside, Watford. Heurelho Gomes tries a through ball, but Andre Gray is caught offside.

Richarlison (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Oriol Romeu (Southampton).

Goal!

Goal! Southampton 0, Watford 2. Daryl Janmaat (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tom Cleverley with a headed pass.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by José Holebas.

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Daryl Janmaat replaces Kiko Femenía because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Adrian Mariappa replaces Younes Kaboul because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Younes Kaboul (Watford) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Nathan Redmond (Southampton) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

Attempt blocked. Jack Stephens (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dusan Tadic with a headed pass.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by José Holebas.

goal

As It Stood

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2Man City4310102810
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4Watford42207348
5Tottenham42117347
6Huddersfield32104047
7Liverpool42118807
8West Brom42114407
9Arsenal420278-16
10Stoke41214405
11Southampton412134-15
12Burnley31114404
13Brighton411235-24
14Swansea311124-24
15Everton411226-44
16Newcastle31023303
17Leicester410368-23
18Crystal Palace300306-60
19Bournemouth400418-70
20West Ham3003210-80
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