Watford FC received a major blow in their hopes for Premier League survival after they were comfortably beaten 3-1 against Southampton at Vicarage Road on Sunday afternoon.
A brace from Danny Ings and a tremendous free kick from James Ward-Prowse allowed the Saints to cruise to victory, despite an own-goal from Jan Bednarek giving the Hornets some hope late in the second half.
Nigel Pearson was forced to leave out Andre Gray, Domingos Quina and Nathaniel Chalobah from the matchday squad as a health and safety precaution, whilst Roberto Pereyra and Abdoulaye Doucoure returned to the starting eleven.
After a quiet opening 15 minutes, Danny Ings kept up his sensational goalscoring form two minutes later when he managed to wriggle his way through past a few Watford defenders and fire his effort beyond Ben Foster, giving Southampton an early lead. 0-1.
The Hornets were lacklustre in the first half with little to no chances to shout about, Ismaila Sarr had half a chance after a Will Hughes free kick fell kindly for him, but the Saints got bodies in the way to block his effort.
Ings got his and Southampton’s second in the 70th minute after a poor throw out from Ben Foster fell straight in the path of the forward allowing him to dribble into the box and unleash a driven effort beyond the goalkeeper to get his eighteenth league goal of the season. 0-2.
There was hope for Watford in the 78th minute when Holebas’s cross went towards Danny Welbeck but Bednarek inadvertently deflected the ball into his own net. 1-2.
The belief was short-lived though, when Ward Prowse’s inch perfect free kick from 20-yards out left Foster flat-footed and with no chance of stopping the effort. 1-3.
The result leaves Watford in danger of being overtaken by West Ham and Bournemouth who both have a game in hand over the Hornets.
It doesn’t get any easier for Nigel Pearson and his men as their next game is a trip to Stamford Bridge to face fourth-placed Chelsea on Saturday July 4, who will be keen on continuing their good form after winning all three games since the restart.
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