Che Adams helped Southampton leapfrog Watford in the table after securing one of the close football results of the weekend in the Premier League. After a resounding win last weekend, it was the second home loss in a row for new Watford manager Claudio Ranieri who replaces Xisco Munoz last month. Che Adams latched onto a pass from his striker partner Adam Armstrong to curl the ball into the top corner for the only goal of the game.
Watford: Foster (6), Ngakia (5), Troost-Ekong (5), Cathcart (6), Masina (6), Sissoko (6), Sarr (6), Joao Pedro (4), Kucka (7), Hernandez (4), King (6).
Subs: Cleverley (6), Sema (5), Fletcher (6).
Southampton: McCarthy (7), Livramento (8), Bednarek (7), Salisu (8), Walker-Peters (8), Elyounoussi (6), Ward-Prowse (8), Romeu (7), Redmond (7), Adams (8), Adam Armstrong (7).
Subs: Stuart Armstrong (6), Diallo (6), Lyanco (n/a).
Man of the match: Kyle Walker-Peters
Watford boss Claudio Ranieri: “We have to improve our defensive way together I know. I’m working for three weeks and the Southampton manager is working since 2018. You can see the difference of three years. We were too passive in the first half when I wanted to put them under pressure.”
Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl: “We were a little bit deeper in the second half but that’s normal. We changed the shape in the end and we got the three points. It’s an important win. We’ve had games where we could’ve scored more often but with more clean sheets, the game becomes easier. You then know you only have to score once. It’s a lot harder when you have to score two or three to win games. 1-0 is the result most managers love the most.”
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