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Adams stunner seals win at Watford

premier-league Vicarage Road | Sat 30 Oct 3PM | Attendance: 20,869
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WAT vs SOU
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WAT vs SOU As It Happened

Key moments so far

  • Southampton claim first away victory in the league this season
  • A sublime Ché Adams strike the difference at Vicarage Road
  • Saints move to 14th in the Premier League table
  • HALF TIME: Watford 0-1 Saints

FULL TIME: Watford 0-1 Saints

It's nearly the end of October but Saints have finally claimed their first away win in the league this season. A sublime goal from Ché Adams was the difference at Vicarage Road as Ralph Hasenhüttl's men leapfrog Watford in the table. Next up, Aston Villa at St Mary's on Friday. Come on you Saints!

89’

Southampton substitution: Lyanco replaces Oriol Romeu

Stuart Armstrong now has the captain's armband. 

88’

Watford come close 

It opens up for Fletcher as he releases a shot on target. A vital save from McCarthy who sends the ball behind for a corner. 

86’

Saints closing in on first away league win

Saints are just five minutes away from claiming their first away victory in the league this season. It's a scrappy end to action here at Vicarage Road, but will we see more goals?

81’

Watford substitution: Ashley Fletcher replaces Jeremy Ngakia

79’

Southampton substitution: Ibrahima Diallo replaces James Ward-Prowse

Ward-Prowse passes the armband onto Romeu. 

76’

Yellow Card for Juraj Kucka (Watford)

Kucka gets shown a yellow card for a challenge on Redmond. 

75’

Watford looking for that late equaliser

Sarr crosses a ball into Cleverley who charges towards the front post but some strong defensive positioning from Bednarek means Cleverley can't quite get a touch. 

69’

Southampton substitution: Stuart Armstrong replaces Mohamed Elyounoussi

68’

Armstrong comes close

Armstrong dances himself into the box as he finds some space to release the shot, it takes a deflection and goes behind for a corner. Can Saints get an all important second goal?

64’

Redmond goes for goal

Redmond tries his luck as he fires the ball towards Foster but it gets a deflections and Saints are awarded another corner. 

58’

Yellow Card for James Ward-Prowse (Southampton)

Another challenge on Sarr sees another Saints player in the referees book, this time it's Ward-Prowse that sees yellow. 

56’

Solid goalkeeping from McCarthy

A moment of worry for Saints as Watford look increasingly dangerous in front of goal, Kucka strikes towards McCarthy but he stands firm and recovers the ball. 

55’

Yellow Card for Mohammed Salisu (Southampton)

Salisu finds himself in the books after a challenge on Sarr. 

55’

Attacking flare from Saints

A nice attacking move from Saints as they push forward, Walker-Peters sends a low ball into the box but Watford clear. 

51’

Armstrong comes close

Elyounoussi heads the ball down into the path of Armstrong who launches his shot towards goal but his effort goes wide. 

50’

Kucka tries his luck

Kucka launches an effort towards goal but it goes well over the crossbar. 

47’

Back underway ⏰

The hosts get us back up and running at Vicarage Road. 

46’

Watford substitution: Ken Sema replaces Juan Camilo Hernández Suárez

46’

Watford substitution: Tom Cleverley replaces João Pedro Junqueira de Jesus

HALF TIME: Watford 0-1 Saints

It's half-time at Vicarage Road and Saints have the lead over today's hosts. It was a sublime goal from Ché Adams that saw Ralph Hasenhüttl's men take the lead but there's been a number of missed chances to double it since. An important second-half ahead. Come on you Saints!

+1’

Yellow Card for João Pedro Junqueira de Jesus (Watford)

Pedro is carded for a clumsy challenge on Romeu. 

42’

Another chance for Saints

Armstrong has the chance to make it two for Saints but it's another missed opportunity as he launches the ball well over Foster's net. 

41’

Watford on the front foot

Saints dominated early on at Vicarage Road but Watford are really feeling their way into this game, another corner is looped in for the hosts as Saints scamble the ball away to hit the counter. 

38’

Watford searching for an equaliser

Another free-kick for Watford as Hernandez sends in the cross to a packed box in front of McCarthy but it's Saints who manage to get the clearance. 

36’

Adams fails to get a second

It's an inviting opportunity for Saints as Nathan Redmond slips Adam Armstrong in, he finds Ché Adams in the box but his header bounces into the ground and high into the air to go behind for a goal kick. 

34’

Walker-Peters clears off the line

Fantastic distribution from Ben Foster who releases King in mountains of space on the left, he eventually gets the ball away to Sarr who beats McCarthy with his shot. It's down to Kyle Walker-Peters who clears on the line for Saints. 

32’

Set pieces look threatening

Ward-Prowse launches the ball in from another set-piece, Troost-Ekong gets his head to the ball to clear behind for a corner. 

24’

Walker-Peters makes important tackle

Watford are searching for the equaliser and they look a threat before Walker-Peters makes a vital challenge to clear for Saints. 

GOALSCORER 10 Ché Adams

ADAMS STRIKES SAINTS AHEAD

What a beautiful goal from Ché Adams. He's released by Adam Armstrong, takes a touch and then fires the ball into the back of the net. Perfectly executed from Adams who nets his first Premier League goal of the season. 

20’

GOOOAL!!!

Ché Adams (20’) | 0 1

18’

Watford settling in

Hernandez wins Watford's first corner of the afternoon. He whips the ball into the box but it's safely retrieved by Alex McCarthy.

16’

Armstrong heads over

Saints are looking threatening on the left-hand-side, Kyle Walker-Peters launches the ball into the penalty area where Adam Armstrong is waiting but his header goes over. 

15’

Close for Watford

João Pedro releases Josh King in the box but he can't quite make the connection and the threat is cleared. 

13’

Captain's back 💪

The importance of James Ward-Prowse's return to the starting XI on display here already at Vicarage Road as Saints threaten through two consecutive dangerous set pieces. 

Free-kick for Watford

Ismaila Sarr surges forward and Oriol Romeu is forced to intercept as Watford are awarded a free-kick in dangerous position. Hernandez steps up to take the free-kick for Watford but his shot is deflected by the wall and it's an easy save for McCarthy. 

15.07

Southampton gain control early on

Another opportunity for Saints as Redmond finds space on the left, he finds Adam Armstrong but his shot is wide. 

15.06

Fast start from Saints

Nathan Redmond forces Foster into an early save at Vicarage Road. 

15.02

Underway at Vicarage Road 👊

Let's go, Saints!

15.01

FLASHBACK: Watford 3-4 Saints 😇

With just five minutes to go until kick-off, let's reminisce on Saints' visit to Vicarage Road back in 2017. 

14.56

against watford, they have a different shape and different ways to defend, to attack. it will be a completely different game for us. the thing is that we have learnt now how to play in different shapes and to switch the shape in the game when you need to."

ralph hasenhüttl
on watford challenge
14.15

Watford line-up confirmed

Starting XI: Foster, Ngakia, Troost-Ekong, King, João Pedro, Masina, Cathcart, Sissoko [c], Sarr, Hernández, Kucka.

Subs: Bachmann, Rose, Louza, Cleverley, Sema, Nkoulou, Gosling, Fletcher, Tufan. 

14.05

Saints line-up confirmed 😇

Starting XI: McCarthy, Livramento, Bednarek, Salisu, Walker-Peters, Romeu, Ward-Prowse [c], Elyounoussi, Redmond, A Armstrong, Adams. 

Subs: Forster, Lyanco, Perraud, Valery, Diallo, Tella, Walcott, S Armstrong, Long. 

14.01
VOTE NOW
After an impressive display at Chelsea in the week, who do you want to see keep their place in the starting XI?

After an impressive display at Chelsea in the week, who do you want to see keep their place in the starting XI?

The results so far:

  • Lyanco
    54%
  • Kyle Walker-Peters
    25%
  • Ibrahima Diallo 
    14%
  • Nathan Tella
    7%

FEATURE: From sand pitches to Saints 💯

From sand pitches to St Mary’s and from truant to tough-tackling talent, Mohammed Salisu discusses his rise to Premier League prominence.

13.31

Behind the scenes 📸

It's been a busy week for Saints who play their third game in the space of a week. Preparations have been in full swing at Staplewood as they go in search of their first away league win of the season.

13.15

STAT ATTACK 🔢

The 18-year-old defender has started each of Saints’ first nine Premier League games this season, since the turn of the millennium, the only two 18-year-olds to start the first 10 matches of a Premier League season are Micah Richards in 2006-07 for Manchester City and Phil Jones in 2010-11 for Blackburn Rovers.

13.00

FLASHBACK: Watford 1-3 Saints 🎥

Last time Saints traveled to Vicarage Road they emerged victors as Danny Ings bagged a brace and James Ward-Prowse netted a trademark free-kick.

12.45

[Hasenhüttl's] doing a very, very good job, his team play as a squad, they move all together and they know what they have to do, not only the first XI, also the team that played against chelsea, it was unbelievable."

claudio ranieri
on facing southampton
12.30

MATCH PACK: Watford vs Saints 😇

Find out all the pre-match stats and facts ahead of kick-off with our Match Pack.

12.17

Welcome to Vicarage Road 😇

It's the third matchday in a week as Saints travel to Watford in the Premier League. After narrowly missing out to Chelsea in the week on penalties, Saints will be looking to bounce back and claim all three points at Vicarage Road. Claudio Ranieri's side came back from 2-1 down to claim a 5-2 victory on the road at Everton last time out. A big game ahead, come on you Saints!

10.30

WAT vs SOU Line Ups

Watford

1
Ben Foster (GK)
5
William Troost-Ekong
15
Craig Cathcart
11
Adam Masina
2
Jeremy Ngakia
replace Ashley Fletcher (82′)
29
Cucho Hernández
replace Ken Sema (45′)
33
Juraj Kucka yellow card
19
Moussa Sissoko (C)
23
Ismaila Sarr
10
João Pedro yellow card
replace Tom Cleverley (45′)
7
Joshua King
16
Dan Gosling
3
Danny Rose
18
Ozan Tufan
26
Daniel Bachmann
12
Ken Sema
13
Nicolas Nkoulou
6
Imran Louza
8
Tom Cleverley
17
Ashley Fletcher

Southampton

1
Alex McCarthy (GK)
22
Mohammed Salisu yellow card
35
Jan Bednarek
2
Kyle Walker-Peters
21
Valentino Livramento
6
Oriol Romeu
replace Lyanco (90′)
24
Mohamed Elyounoussi
replace Stuart Armstrong (70′)
11
Nathan Redmond
8
James Ward-Prowse (C) yellow card
replace Ibrahima Diallo (80′)
9
Adam Armstrong
10
Che Adams goal
7
Shane Long
15
Romain Perraud
23
Nathan Tella
32
Theo Walcott
17
Stuart Armstrong
43
Yan Valery
27
Ibrahima Diallo
44
Fraser Forster
4
Lyanco

WAT vs SOU Match Stats

Watford

Head to Head Stats

Southampton
  • Possession (%)
    39
    comparison angle
    61
  • Shots
    10
    comparison angle
    12
  • Shots on target
    4
    comparison angle
    1
  • Corners
    5
    comparison angle
    8
  • Passes Complete
    198
    comparison angle
    364

Top Saints Player Stats

shots on target
Goals
1
Ché Adams
Ché Adams
shots on target
Shots On Target
1
Ché Adams
Ché Adams
chances created
Chances Created
2
Kyle Walker-Peters
Kyle Walker-Peters
passes completed
Passes Completed
66
Jan Bednarek
Jan Bednarek
tackles
Tackles
4
Mohammed Salisu
Mohammed Salisu
clearances
Clearances
6
Mohammed Salisu
Mohammed Salisu
saves
Saves
3
Alex McCarthy
Alex McCarthy