Southampton beat Watford 1 – 0

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Southampton beat Watford 1 – 0. Scotland forward Adams latched on to an Adam Armstrong pass before turning on the edge of the box and curling the ball into the top corner in the 20th minute. Che Adam’s superb strike was the difference as Southampton held on against Watford at Vicarage Road for their first away league win of the season.

Watford came close to an equaliser midway through the first half when Saints defender Kyle Walker-Peters cleared Ismaila Sarr’s effort off the line. And in the closing stages Southampton keeper Alex McCarthy saved brilliantly, diving to his right to keep out Ashley Fletcher.

But the Saints ran out winners, recording just their second Premier League victory of the season and moving above their hosts in the table. Saints punish sloppy Hornets
Watford were booed at full-time, albeit by a minority of supporters, in what was just Claudio Ranieri’s third game in charge.

The hosts have now failed to win any of their past four home league games, and equalled their top-flight record of 20 consecutive matches without a clean sheet. They were very nearly behind inside the first minute with Craig Cathcart almost diverting a Nathan Redmond cross into his own net.

And Saints, who had won just one of their past 17 away league games coming into this fixture, continued to dominate after going in front, almost netting a second through an Adams header midway through the first half.

The visitors were good value for their win, with Watford unable to stop their opponents carve open chances at will, and will count themselves lucky they lost by just the odd goal. Watford fail to grab rare chances
Things could have been different if Sarr’s shot with the score at 1-0 in the 32nd minute had not been kept out by a combination of the near post and Saints defender Walker-Peters.

And even after Southampton had been on top for large periods, Watford had a chance to come away with a late point, McCarthy keeping out Fletcher’s low shot late on.

The hosts have now managed just four goals at home in the league, and were a shadow of the clinical side who thrashed Everton 5-2 last time out.

The result means the Hornets sink to a seventh defeat in all competitions this season and now sit just three points clear of the relegation zone in 16th. Southampton are one point better off in 14th.

Source – BBC News

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