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6:00 PM

That's A Wrap

That's all from us here on Matchday Live, but keep an eye out for our Match Review page online shortly on watfordfc.com.



It includes exclusive post-match reaction from Troy Deeney and Stefano Okaka, a full match report, and extended highlights (available tomorrow).



Thanks for your support.

 

5:40 PM

Mazzarri - “When we lose we lose all together”

Head Coach Walter Mazzarri spoke to the broadcast media after the final whistle:

 

"First of all we have seen they are a very strong team and we saw this against Man Utd in the final. We made some mistakes in the defensive phase but they are a strong team.

 

"When we lose we lose all together. Yes there were some individual mistakes and I will speak about this to the players. Individual mistakes can happen to players and coaches.

 

"On the third goal we had the chance with Okaka and Behrami and we were a bit unlucky that they scored with the counter attack.

 

"The next two games are very important for us and we must prepare well to increase the gap from the bottom three."

5:30 PM

Deeney speaks post-match

The Golden Boys captain Troy Deeney spoke post-match to Sky Sports:

 

"We didn't capitalise on our good start. We sat back a bit. They played well but we should have taken advantage of good start. 

 

"They counter attacked well with good pace but it's frustrating to score 3 and not win.

 

"We are scoring but letting goals in. We need to take responsibility as players. We have two weeks now to train hard."

5:15 PM

Snapshot

A first Watford goal will be little consolation for Abdoulaye Doucoure tonight

4:55 PM - 90 MIN

FULL-TIME: Watford 3-4 Southampton

Goals from Deeney, Okaka, and Doucoure were not enough to stop Southampton from putting their League Cup Final defeat behind them at Vicarage Road.

 

Deeney put the hosts ahead after just four minutes with a delicate finish into the left-side of goal.

 

But the Saints scored with two coolly-taken shots from Tadić and Redmond to head into the break a goal to the good.

 

The Golden Boys were far from out of it though as Success made a near instant impact off the bench, teeing up Okaka to level the score with just over ten minutes remaining of normal time.

 

What followed was a mad flurry of late goals that left both ends of the Vic breathless.

 

First Gabbiadini and Redmond put the visitors 4-2 up, before Doucoure lessened the margin of victory with a goal in stoppage time, but Watford were unable to get into another goalscoring position before Referee Jonathan Moss blew for full-time.

4:52 PM - 90 MIN

Doucoure nets

Doucoure gets one back for the Hornets in added time with a scrappy finish from close-range. The Southampton defence had failed to deal with an in-swinging ball from Niang.

4:51 PM - 90 MIN

Goal!

Doucoure

Watford FC Watford FC
3 - 4
Southampton Southampton
4:48 PM - 90 MIN

Additional time

Four minutes added on here.

4:47 PM - 89 MIN

Substitution

Watford FC

Okaka

NO.33

Doucouré

NO.16
4:45 PM - 85 MIN

Substitution Southampton

Tadić

NO.11

Clasie

NO.4
4:44 PM - 85 MIN

Goal!

Redmond

Watford FC Watford FC
2 - 4
Southampton Southampton
4:43 PM - 85 MIN

Substitution Southampton

Gabbiadini

NO.20

Long

NO.7
4:42 PM - 83 MIN

Gabbiadini tucks home

Joy turns to despair as the Hornets let in a soft third goal.

 

Gabbiadini converts from just a few yards out after Gomes spilled a shot from distance from Boufal.

4:41 PM - 83 MIN

Goal!

Gabbiadini

Watford FC Watford FC
2 - 3
Southampton Southampton
4:40 PM - 83 MIN

Yellow card
Deeney (foul)

4:38 PM - 79 MIN

Okaka scores!

We said it was coming! 

Substitute Success rifles in a low cross, Okaka slams home. Watford grab the ball and sprint back for the restart. Come on you 'Orns! 

4:37 PM - 79 MIN

Goal!

Okaka

Watford FC Watford FC
2 - 2
Southampton Southampton
4:36 PM - 78 MIN

Substitution Southampton

Ward-Prowse

NO.16

Boufal

NO.19
4:34 PM - 75 MIN

Chance!

After a poor opening 25 minutes from the Hornets after the break, they're just starting to turn the heat up here. 

Deeney finds space at the back post and rifles it just wide. It's coming.

4:33 PM - 73 MIN

Good save!

Forster saves with his feet from Okaka. Cleverley had pounced on a loose ball and played the Italian in on goal.

4:33 PM - 73 MIN

Yellow card
Prodl (foul)

4:32 PM

Snapshot

Jose Holebas whips a driven ball into the area.

4:27 PM - 70 MIN

Substitution

Watford FC

Capoue

NO.29

Success

NO.10
4:18 PM - 61 MIN

Gomes to the rescue

Watford are in debt to their goalkeeper here. Gomes tips over Tadic's drive then gets down low to thwart Yoshida. 

4:09 PM

Snapshot

Valon Behrami battles it out with Steven Davis in midfield.

4:05 PM - 48 MIN

Deeney in the wars

Deeney battles with two Saints defenders for a header and comes out looking groggy. All okay though, the skipper carries on after some treatment. 

4:03 PM - 46 MIN

We're back underway!

The Golden Boys kick-off the second-half as they go in search of a leveller, come on you 'Orns!

3:48 PM - 45 MIN

HALF-TIME: Watford 1-2 Southampton

The Hornets saw a neat early Troy Deeney goal - his 105th for the club - cancelled out by Dusan Tadić as he fired in through a crowd of players on the rebound just before the half-hour mark.

 

Nathan Redmond then drifted in off the right side of the Southampton attack, and scored in off the post in first-half stoppage time to give the south coast club a lead they perhaps deserved on the balance of play.

3:47 PM - 45 MIN

Goal!

Redmond

Watford FC Watford FC
1 - 2
Southampton Southampton
3:45 PM - 45 MIN

Additional time

TWO minutes added on here.

3:44 PM - 45 MIN

Yellow card
Okaka (dissent)

3:39 PM

Snapshot

Prödl makes a brilliant clearance from a dangerous cross.

3:33 PM - 33 MIN

Yellow card
Gabbiadini (high foot)

3:28 PM - 28 MIN

Tadic draws Saints level

Dusan Tadic picks up a rebound inside the area and buries the ball in the far corner. Gomes claims an offside Southampton player was blocking his view, but nothing doing. 1-1. 

3:27 PM - 28 MIN

Goal!

Tadić

Watford FC Watford FC
1 - 1
Southampton Southampton
3:24 PM

Snapshot

Kaboul, who has previously played for Portsmouth, is getting stuck in against his old rivals from the south coast.

3:21 PM - 23 MIN

Handbags

Jack Stephens and Sebastian Prodl exchange shoves after a corner, prompting referee Jonathan Moss to call the pair together. Just a talking to, right decision. 

3:21 PM - 21 MIN

Okaka goes close

Holebas swings a cross in from the left and Okaka rises to meet it - but the Italian forward can't quite reproduce the headers we have seen from Success and Niang in previous games - the ball drifts just wide of the post.

3:19 PM - 18 MIN

Great clearance!

Cedric whips a neat cross in behind the Hornets' backline but Prödl does incredibly well to hook the ball away from goal and out towards the touchline.

3:17 PM

Snapshot

This was the moment Deeney put the Hornets ahead with a deft finish past Forster in the Southampton goal.

3:14 PM - 14 MIN

Yellow card
Cedric (foul)

3:11 PM

Snapshot

Deeney celebrates netting an early goal for the second game in a row. Get in!

3:04 PM - 4 MIN

Hornets Ahead!

The ball sits up for Troy Deeney in the area from a throw and the front-man lofts the ball into the far corner delightfully to draw level with Hornets legend Cliff Holton.

Get in! What a start! 

3:04 PM - 4 MIN

Goal!

Deeney

Watford FC Watford FC
1 - 0
Southampton Southampton
3:01 PM

We're underway!

The Golden Boys' 27th Premier League game of the season kicks-off, come on you 'Orns!

2:50 PM

Team Reminder

 

2:40 PM

Snapshot

The Watford players were wearing special t-shirts in their warm-ups in support of Disabled Access Day.

2:30 PM

Junior Hornet

 It'll be the first of many we hope!

 

First footy match! #watfordfc

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2:30 PM

Mazzarri to Sky Sports

“We as a club haven't put any limits as to where we can get. We need to play each game as if it's a final and give everything”

2:20 PM

Line-up reaction

 

2:10 PM

Arrivals

 

2:00 PM

TEAM NEWS

Two changes for Walter Mazzarri's Watford side as Sebastian Prödl and Stefano Okaka come in for the injured Daryl Janmaat and Mauro Zárate.

 

Adrian Mariappa returns to the matchday 18 for the first time since the Hornets trip to Old Trafford.

 

Youngster Carl Stewart is named on the bench and will make his Premier League debut for the Golden Boys if he comes on, having made his first-team debut in the FA Cup against Burton Albion.

 

Meanwhile, Southampton's starting eleven is unchanged from their League Cup final defeat to Manchester United.

 

Jordie Clasie comes in to replace Pierre-Emile Höjbjerg on the Saints' bench.

 

HORNETS: Gomes (GK); Kaboul, Prödl, Britos, Holebas; Cleverley, Behrami, Capoue; Niang; Deeney (c), Okaka.

 

Subs: Arlauskis (GK), Mariappa, Cathcart, Zúñiga, Doucouré, Stewart, Success.

 

SAINTS: Forster (GK); Cédric, Yoshida, Stephens, Bertrand; Davis (c), Romeu, Ward-Prowse; Redmond, Gabbiadini, Tadić.

 

Subs: Hassen (GK), Clasie, Long, Rodriguez, Cáceres, Boufal, McQueen.

 

1:55 PM

5 Minute Warning!

Team news at 2pm, Hornets fans!

1:40 PM

Snapshot

Fans have started to arrive at the Vic with just an hour and 20 minutes until kick-off.

1:30 PM

Sunny Smiles

We're not the only ones to have noticed - the sunshine seems to be putting everyone in a good mood!

1:20 PM

Instagram Snapshot

We like the look of the weather too - spring has arrived at Vicarage Road!

 

 

Watford Fc V Southampton...gorgeous day for a home game. #COYH #yellows #yellowarmy #watfordfc #footballselfie

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1:10 PM

The man in the middle

Jonathan Moss is the referee this afternoon and he's shown 105 yellow cards so far in the Premier League this season.

 

He has already overseen three Hornets fixtures this season, including the 0-0 draw with Middlesbrough pictured here.

1:00 PM

Two hours to go...

12:50 PM

“I Wish Zarate A Speedy Recovery” - Murphy

BBC Match of the Day pundit and Evening Standard columnist Danny Murphy has offered his sympathy to Mauro Zarate after the Argentine was injured in Watford's last match against West Ham.

 

He said: "I feel desperately sorry for Mauro Zarate. I have seen good friends suffer long-term injuries and the strength of character you have to show is enormous.

 

"I have seen friends positive one moment, in tears the next. It’s a horrendous time and I wish Zarate a smooth, speedy recovery."

 

You can read the rest of the column here.

12:40 PM

The Fan View

 

12:30 PM

Fine Lines

Goal line technology being tested before kick-off at The Vic. Maybe today could be the day it works in the Hornets' favour! 

12:20 PM

Heidar Header

Here's hoping for a bit of déjà vu this afternoon...

12:10 PM

Don't forget

You can pick up your copy of The Hornet from one of our official matchday programme sellers around Vicarage Road this afternoon.

 

This week's issue includes:

- An in-depth interview with Tom Cleverley, who is enjoying playing in yellow again.

- 'Watford Wire' keeps you up-to date with all the Hornets news you may have missed.

- Former skipper Gavin Mahon shares his Watford memories in our 'Defining Moments' feature. 

- It's Heurelho Gomes' turn for 'In The Hat', as he reveals the club he supported as a boy and that he wasn't always a goalkeeper!

- And under-18 goalkeeper Jamie Lacy talks about how luck and opportunity have shaped his career so far.

12:00 PM

Last time we met...

 

11:50 AM

ICYMI: Mazzarri on Zárate, Southampton & Gabbiadini

Watford Head Coach Walter Mazzarri spoke about what a blow it was to lose Mauro Zarate to injury, today's opposition and the Saints' in-form striker Manolo Gabbiadini in his press conference earlier this week.

 

11:40 AM

Action shot

Younes Kaboul warmed up his shooting boots in training earlier this week. The defender has scored twice for the Hornets so far, including the opener in Watford's 2-1 win away at Arsenal.

 

Costel Pantilimon meanwhile returned to training this week, having recovered from the injury he sustained in the game against Millwall.

11:30 AM

Played for both

Gregorz Rasiak enjoyed a career that took in spells at 13 different clubs, including today's visitors Southampton.

 

The Polish striker joined Watford on-loan from the Saints and played 25 times for the Golden Boys, scoring 10 goals in the process.

11:20 AM

Facts & Figures

11:10 AM

“They Will Be Angry” - Capoue

Etienne Capoue got the ball rolling for Watford at St. Mary's on the opening day of the season - scoring his first goal for the Hornets.

 

Speaking exclusively to watfordfc.com, the Frenchman is expecting a reaction from Southampton after their League Cup Final defeat last weekend.

11:00 AM

It's Matchday


A quick turnaround and we're back at The Vic for Southampton's visit. We'll be here throughout the day with the latest updates, photos, reaction and more, plus there's live commentary from around 2.30pm (refresh your browser around then).