Late heartbreak again for Saints

St Mary's Stadium | Sat 10 Nov 3PM | Attendance: 28,153
Match Report Highlights

Saints vs WAT Match Centre

Saints vs WAT As It Happened

Key moments so far

  • Holebas scores late on to cancel out Gabbiadini's first-half opener
  • Austin strike to make it 2-0 controversially disallowed
  • Ings forced off with injury before the interval
  • Saints denied first home victory of the season
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70 minutes gone and we're 1-0 up... who would you bring on, Saints fans?
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70 minutes gone and we're 1-0 up... who would you bring on, Saints fans?

The results so far:

  • Stephens - shore things up
    11%
  • Vestergaard - repel long balls
    7%
  • Ward-Prowse - set-piece prowess
    18%
  • Elyounoussi - more width
    7%
  • Obafemi - stretch them on the break
    50%
  • Nobody - leave everything the same
    7%
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Who will be Saints' key man today?
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Who will be Saints' key man today?

The results so far:

  • Alex McCarthy
    8%
  • Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
    27%
  • Stuart Armstrong
    18%
  • Nathan Redmond
    3%
  • Manolo Gabbiadini
    19%
  • Danny Ings
    26%
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SAINTS TRIVIA: Name the missing member of the Saints midfield to beat Watford in the 2003 FA Cup semi-final... Fernandes, A.Svensson, Oakley, ???
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SAINTS TRIVIA: Name the missing member of the Saints midfield to beat Watford in the 2003 FA Cup semi-final... Fernandes, A.Svensson, Oakley, ???

The results so far:

  • Matt Le Tissier
    11%
  • Jo Tessem
    5%
  • Rory Delap
    21%
  • Chris Marsden
    58%
  • David Prutton
    0%
  • Stuart Ripley
    5%
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SAINTS TRIVIA: Who scored their first goal for Saints against Watford last season?
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SAINTS TRIVIA: Who scored their first goal for Saints against Watford last season?

The results so far:

  • Wesley Hoedt
    6%
  • Jack Stephens
    53%
  • Mario Lemina
    12%
  • Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
    6%
  • Jan Bednarek
    18%
  • Cédric
    6%

we're upset, of course, because i feel like we dropped two points - especially with the wrong decision from the referee. but i think we played much better today. we showed great character, passion and desire, with everyone fighting a lot. unfortunately, we couldn't get the three points.

maya yoshida
southampton defender
17.26

Our report from St Mary's 📝

For a more detailed summary of today's game, check out our match report on a day when Saints were pegged back in the closing stages, having to settle for a share of the spoils at St Mary's.

17.23

FULL TIME: Southampton 1-1 Watford

It's all over at St Mary's, where Saints are forced to settle for another draw after Jose Holebas's deflected shot beats Alex McCarthy eight minutes from time. Mark Hughes's men lead for over an hour through Manolo Gabbiadini's first-half opener, but Charlie Austin's strike to make it 2-0 is controversially ruled out, and Saints are stung by the Hornets late on.

90’

4️⃣ added minutes...

It's Watford who have a corner as stoppage time begins.

89’

Final change for Saints...

It's Mark Hughes's third and final substitution, as 18-year-old striker Obafemi comes on for Redmond. Can he make himself a Saints hero?

88’

Yellow Card for Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Southampton)

The Dane is the latest player to be carded, after impeding Success.

85’

Off the bar 😨

The visitors have their tails up now, forcing a corner in front of their travelling fans. As the heads go up, the ball drops on to the crossbar, but Saints remain on level terms.

Watford level things up...

That's a tough one to take. It hasn't really been coming, but Saints were unable to clear their lines and Holebas's driven shot deflects past the helpless McCarthy.

81’

GOAL

José Holebas (81’) | 1 1

79’

Yellow Card for Gerard Deulofeu (Watford)

Deulofeu picks up a yellow card after a tussle with Redmond that prompted a mini scuffle between both sets of players. Safe to say the Spaniard was the initiator.

77’

Femenia volleys over

Saints have done well over the last ten minutes or so to get back on the front foot and limit Watford's threat. Femenia's volley from 25 yards is a sign of growing frustration from the Hornets.

75’

Yoshida's header deflects wide!

Good pressure from Saints, as Gabbiadini stands up a great cross and Yoshida climbs well, but his header is deflected behind for a corner, which Watford clear.

73’

Southampton substitution: James Ward-Prowse replaces Stuart Armstrong

Armstrong's performance on only his second Premier League start earns applause from the home fans, as Ward-Prowse takes his place in midfield.

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71’

Yoshida gets a crucial foot in

Watford substitute Gray receives the ball on the edge of the box and tries to turn to face goal, but Yoshida is there to make a vital tackle.

68’

Watford substitution: Andre Gray replaces Roberto Pereyra

Another striker introduced by Watford boss Gracia, as Gray enters the fray.

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67’

Austin scores... but it's chalked off! 🤷‍♂️

St Mary's was overjoyed as Austin's deflected strike squeezed into the bottom corner, but, for reasons unknown, the goal has been ruled out! It remains 1-0...

63’

Yellow Card for Cédric (Southampton)

Cédric goes into the book for a lunging tackle on the halfway line.

3️⃣0️⃣ minutes to go... ⏳

We've reached the hour mark at St Mary's, where Saints still hold a slender lead, but Watford are beginning to apply more pressure. Dig in, lads! 💪

58’

Crucial challenge from Bertrand!

Saints were in big trouble there, as Chalobah went through on goal, but back came Bertrand to slide in and make a vital last-ditch tackle - one the visitors are convinced warranted a penalty, but Saints survive.

54’

Yellow Card for Nathaniel Chalobah (Watford)

It's a booking for Chalobah, who pulled back Redmond as the winger broke across the halfway line.

51’

McCarthy saves from Deeney

First sight of goal for Watford substitute Deeney, who gets across the front post to meet Success's low cross from the right, but his instinctive effort is straight at McCarthy.

47’

So close from Gabbiadini!

Full of confidence having opened the scoring in the first half, Gabbiadini tries his luck with a curling shot from 25 yards that is only a whisker wide of Foster's far post with the keeper unmoved.

45’

Back up and running 👊

The second half is under way... keep going, Saints!

🙏

Saints' players observe a period of silence before kick-off, as the club paid its respects to the fallen.

HALF TIME: Southampton 1-0 Watford

Saints lead at the interval through Manolo Gabbiadini's first goal of the season, after the striker was quickest to react to some good work from Danny Ings to break the deadlock. Saints have since lost Ings to injury, but are good value for the lead despite Watford posing a threat on the counter-attack.

41’

Southampton substitution: Charlie Austin replaces Danny Ings

Bad news for Saints, as Ings is forced to come off after receiving treatment. It's a like for like change as Austin takes his place up front.

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40’

Watford substitution: Troy Deeney replaces Will Hughes

It's a first substitution for Watford boss Javi Gracia. Unclear whether or not Hughes is injured - might just be a tactical switch, as Deeney is introduced as a more orthodox target man.

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38’

Yellow Card for Ryan Bertrand (Southampton)

The first booking of the game goes to the Saints skipper for illegally halting a Watford counter-attack.

38’

Armstrong denied by Foster!

An even better opportunity for Saints! Bertrand gets into a crossing position down the left and picks out Armstrong with a low delivery, but Armstrong's first-time shot is blocked by the legs of Foster.

36’

McCarthy in the right place again

Back come Watford, as Pereyra attempts a trademark curler towards the far corner that McCarthy sharply stoops to repel with an important save.

35’

So close to a second!

After patient play down the Saints left, Lemina crosses to Yoshida, whose header leaves Foster rooted to the spot but drops agonisingly wide of goal.

32’

McCarthy thwarts Deulofeu again

Watford have no shortage of pace on the break, primarily in the form of Deulofeu, who makes another willing run in behind the Saints defence. Yoshida tracks him all the way, forcing him so wide that it's a fairly routine stop for McCarthy by the time the forward can get his shot away.

29’

Chance for the visitors...

Again Watford's final ball lets them down, as Pereyra tiptoes into the box but can't pick out the unmarked Deulofeu. It's end to end stuff at the moment.

27’

Just too high for Redmond 😫

There's more confidence about Saints now, as Cédric gets away down the left, cuts back and crosses left footed, but it's just too high for the onrushing Redmond, who was arriving at the far post with real purpose.

25’

Sloppy from Deulofeu

That was a chance for Watford. Saints looked short of numbers defensively, with Doucouré making a lung-busting run to get beyond Deulofeu, but it's a poor pass towards the Frenchman that allows Hoedt to clear the danger.

GOALSCORER 20 Manolo Gabbiadini

YESSSS GABBI!!!

Saints are up and running! Watford failed to clear a corner after Foster had denied Hoedt from the previous delivery. Ings was alive in the box to poke it through to Gabbiadini, who scores his first goal of the season with a cool finish into the bottom corner! 😇

19’

GOOOAL!!!

Manolo Gabbiadini (19’) | 1 0

18’

Saints pressing

Armstrong combines with Bertrand down the left, playing a neat one-two to find space for a cross, but it's deflected behind for a corner before it can reach the lurking Ings.

17’

Gabbiadini goes close!

Better from Saints, who commit good numbers forward. Gabbiadini has the ball in the inside right position, takes a touch out of his feet and tries to bend one inside the far corner from 20 yards, but just misses the target.

15’

Talking tactics 🧐

Saints have started this game in a 4-2-3-1 formation, with Højbjerg and Lemina as the two midfield players, and Armstrong as a number ten behind Ings. Redmond is on the left and Gabbiadini will cut inside from his starting position on the right. Watford, by contrast, are more of an orthodox 4-4-2, but will look to outnumber Saints in central areas with Pereyra and Hughes tucking infield from wide.

10’

Hoedt blocks crucially

Watford have started brightly here. Success picks up possession and drives at the Saints defence, shooting left-footed from 20 yards, but Hoedt throws himself in the way to deflect the ball behind for a corner, which is well defended.

8’

Deulofeu shoots over

Watford's front two combine, as Deulofeu receives the ball from Success in the box. He steps inside on to his left foot and tries to curl one into the far corner, but it's too high to trouble McCarthy this time.

5’

McCarthy denies Deulofeu

The first chance falls to the visitors, as Deulofeu gets in behind the Saints defence and goes eye to eye with McCarthy, but the England man stands tall, shuts down the angles and keeps the Spaniard at bay.

Your key man today... 🇩🇰

It was a close run thing, but Pierre-Emile Højbjerg just edged out Danny Ings to win today's key player poll! Thank you to all those who voted!

0’

We're under way!

After an impeccably observed silence, it's on with the action. Come on you Saints! 😇

We will remember them...

Saints, in red and white, and Watford, all in green, have emerged from the tunnel, and will shortly observe a period of silence in memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

14.57

1️⃣0️⃣ minutes until kick-off! ⏳

We're inching closer to kick-off here at St Mary's, where the rain is pouring! It's a very wet afternoon - who will play the conditions best? ☔️

14.49
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14.27

And the winner of our last poll was...

Chris Marsden! It was his cross that set up Brett Ormerod to open the scoring as Saints ran out 2-1 winners over today's opponents at Villa Park back in 2003, securing a place in the club's first FA Cup final since 1976! Well done to the 58% of you who answered correctly 😎

14.26

📸 The players are ready!

Our club photographer was on hand to capture the Saints players arriving at St Mary's... Looking focused 😤

14.21

3️⃣ changes for Saints 👊

Mark Hughes makes three alterations to his side, including a first Premier League start since the opening day of the season for Stuart Armstrong. The Scot replaces James Ward-Prowse, while Jack Stephens and Shane Long also drop out as Maya Yoshida and Manolo Gabbiadini return to the starting line-up.

14.10

Watford team confirmed 🐝

Starting XI: Foster, Femenia, Mariappa, Cathcart, Holebas, Hughes, Doucouré, Chalobah, Pereyra, Deulofeu, Success.

Subs: Gomes, Kabasele, Masina, Wilmot, Deeney, Gray, Okaka.

14.02

Saints team confirmed! 😇

Starting XI: McCarthy, Cédric, Yoshida, Hoedt, Bertrand, Armstrong, Højbjerg, Lemina, Redmond, Gabbiadini, Ings.

Subs: Gunn, Vestergaard, Stephens, Ward-Prowse, Elyounoussi, Austin, Obafemi.

14.00

we keep saying that we need to win, but we need to win at home especially, here in front of our fans. they have been fantastic and deserve three points. this is what we really want.

cédric
southampton defender
13.26

Stephens to sting the Hornets again?

The answer was this man - Jack Stephens! The defender scored the only goal of the game in the FA Cup fourth round tie at St Mary's in January, prompting a scoring burst, as he struck in three consecutive matches! Well done to the 53% of voters who answered correctly in our poll.

13.12

Did you vote in our poll? 🗳

We asked you who scored their first Saints goal against Watford last season. Refresh your memory with this video - did you pick the right man? 

13.07

1️⃣ hour until team news! ⏳

We're counting down to kick-off here at St Mary's, where the team line-ups will be announced at 2pm GMT! Who would you like to see given the chance to impress?

13.00

Will this man feature again today?

Young striker Michael Obafemi made a late appearance as a substitute at the Etihad Stadium last weekend - the second first-team outing of his fledgling career. After following it up with a first senior call-up to the Republic of Ireland provisional squad, the 18-year-old is on a high, and setting his sights on more game time with Saints over the coming weeks. Check out our interview here.

12.48

Young Saints honour the fallen

As part of the club's commitment to remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, members of the Academy have been on an educational visit to find out more about Fred Costello, a former Saint who died during World War I. Fred is one of many ex-Saints to be commemorated with a plaque unveiled at St Mary's today. A period of silence will also be observed before kick-off.

12.35

there's been good determination and a little bit of anger, i think, and frustration. if we're strong and play to our capabilities, we'll win.

mark hughes
southampton manager
12.00

Hear from the boss!

We caught up with Southampton manager Mark Hughes at Staplewood to gather his thoughts on what Saints need to do to sign off before the international break with a victory.

11.58

Where will today's game be won and lost? 🤔

Bleacher Report's Sam Tighe explains why three individual battles could hold the key to today's game. Which Saints need to have the biggest impact to earn three points? Check out the latest edition of Tactical Watch.

11.55

Like your facts and stats? 🤓

Get the full rundown on today's game with our extensive Match Pack! It has everything from team news and the thoughts of each manager, to recent results between the clubs and all the key statistics.

11.50

Matchday at St Mary's 👊

We're back on home territory as Southampton host Watford in the Premier League at St Mary's this afternoon. For Saints, it's an opportunity to bounce back from a really tough day at Manchester City last time out, while Watford are keen to redeem themselves too, having fallen to a surprise defeat to Newcastle United. Stay with us for all the build-up, team news, match updates and live commentary!

11.43

Saints vs WAT Line Ups

Southampton

1
Alex McCarthy (GK)
6
Wesley Hoedt
3
Maya Yoshida
21
Ryan Bertrand (C)
2
Cédric Soares
17
Stuart Armstrong
James Ward-Prowse (74′)
23
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
22
Nathan Redmond
Michael Obafemi (90′)
20
Manolo Gabbiadini
18
Mario Lemina
9
Danny Ings
Charlie Austin (40′)
4
Jannik Vestergaard
11
Mohamed Elyounoussi
5
Jack Stephens
61
Michael Obafemi
10
Charlie Austin
28
Angus Gunn
16
James Ward-Prowse

Watford

26
Ben Foster (GK)
21
Kiko Femenía
25
José Holebas
15
Craig Cathcart
6
Adrian Mariappa (C)
19
Will Hughes
Troy Deeney (40′)
16
Abdoulaye Doucouré
37
Roberto Pereyra
Andre Gray (68′)
14
Nathaniel Chalobah
10
Isaac Success
7
Gerard Deulofeu
18
Andre Gray
24
Ben Wilmot
33
Stefano Okaka
1
Heurelho Gomes
11
Adam Masina
27
Christian Kabasele
9
Troy Deeney

Saints vs WAT Match Stats

Southampton

Head to Head Stats

Watford
  • Possession (%)
    42
    58
  • Shots
    14
    12
  • Shots on target
    4
    6
  • Corners
    7
    6
  • Passes Complete
    210
    302

Top Saints Player Stats

Goals
1
Manolo Gabbiadini
Manolo Gabbiadini
Shots On Target
2
Manolo Gabbiadini
Manolo Gabbiadini
Chances Created
2
Ryan Bertrand
Ryan Bertrand
Passes Completed
38
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Tackles
5
Mario Lemina
Mario Lemina
Clearances
8
Wesley Hoedt
Wesley Hoedt
Saves
5
Alex McCarthy
Alex McCarthy