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Watford 0-0 Southampton

By Mandeep SangheraBBC Sport
Southampton striker Graziano Pelle (left) and Watford midfielder Etienne capoue
Graziano Pelle (left) and Etienne Capoue had the best chances for their sides

Watford and Southampton served up an uninspiring draw as they both remain without a league win after three games of the top-flight season.

Hornets midfielder Etienne Capoue had the best chance of the game only to head over from two yards.

Watford 0-0 Southampton: Saints clean sheet pleases Koeman

Ikechi Anya also sent in a dangerous cross for Watford striker Odion Ighalo but he failed to connect.

Graziano Pelle had a rare Saints chance but his angled shot was tipped over the bar by goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes.

Relive Watford's draw against Southampton

Europa League hangover?

To say this was not a classic would be a bit of an understatement as both sides lacked a goal threat and cancelled each other out.

Southampton drew 1-1 in the first leg of a Europa League qualifier at home to Danish side FC Midtjylland on Thursday and lacked an attacking spark, especially after forward Sadio Mane went off injured early on.

Following this performance, Saints manager Ronald Koeman may be concerned at the impact of combining the demands of a domestic season with a European campaign if they qualify for the group phase of the Europa League.

On the plus side, Koeman employed a formation using three centre-backs and his side kept their first clean sheet in nine Premier League games.

Wasteful Watford

The Hornets scored 91 goals in the Championship last season as they achieved promotion but have yet to get off the mark in two home games this campaign.

Chances were at a premium in this game and when they did come the home side's way they lacked the ruthlessness to take them.

Anya twice delivered threatening crosses into the Southampton six-yard box in the first half and the first evaded everyone while the second went through the legs of Ighalo at the far post.

The heatmap shows Watford failed to mount a serious threat on the Southampton goal (left)
The heatmap shows Watford failed to mount a serious threat on the Southampton goal (left)

Man of the match - Ikechi Anya (Watford)

Watford's Ikechi Anya
There were not many who caught the eye but Ikechi Anya gets it as he was the player with the most attacking intent

Manager reaction

Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores:

"We tried to win but it was impossible. They changed their plan and it was difficult.

"We had maybe two or three chances. It was difficult to create opportunities because they played well and defended with five players."

Watford 0-0 Southampton: Quique Flores satisfied with point

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman:

"We played a little bit different than the first two games because we had to be defensively better. In my opinion, it always starts at the back and at least we had our first clean sheet of the season.

"One of the key points of last season was that we had a strong defensive organisation."

Southampton's Sadio Mane and Victor Wanyama have been linked with moves to Manchester United and Tottenham respectively but Koeman added: "We know have to deal with speculation over our players.

"Again, no-one is for sale. Everyone stays at Southampton. We want to bring in another defender."

The stats you need to know

  • Watford failed to have a shot on target in this match, with all 13 of their efforts being blocked or off target.
  • Troy Deeney has only scored two goals in his last 11 appearances for Watford.
  • The Saints have won just one of their last nine Premier League games (won one, drew three, lost five), but this was their first clean sheet in that run.

What next?

Watford will travel to Preston on Tuesday for a League Cup second-round match. Southampton face a trip to Denmark to play FC Midtjylland in the second leg of their Europa League qualifier on Thursday with the tie poised at 1-1.

Line-ups

Watford

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Gomes
  • 2Nyom
  • 5Prödl
  • 15Cathcart
  • 25HolebasSubstituted forDiamantiat 45'minutes
  • 29Capoue
  • 8BehramiSubstituted forWatsonat 86'minutes
  • 21Anya
  • 24Ighalo
  • 7Jurado
  • 9Deeney

Substitutes

  • 3Britos
  • 11Forestieri
  • 19Layun
  • 22Abdi
  • 23Watson
  • 32Diamanti
  • 34Arlauskis

Southampton

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 22Stekelenburg
  • 26Caulker
  • 6José Fonte
  • 3Yoshida
  • 2Cédric Soares
  • 12WanyamaBooked at 28mins
  • 14RomeuBooked at 57mins
  • 33Targett
  • 8DavisSubstituted forWard-Prowseat 72'minutes
  • 19PellèSubstituted forRodriguezat 79'minutes
  • 10ManéSubstituted forLongat 25'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Davis
  • 7Long
  • 9Rodriguez
  • 11Tadic
  • 15Martina
  • 16Ward-Prowse
  • 20Juanmi
Referee:
Andre Marriner
Attendance:
20,166

Match Stats

Home TeamWatfordAway TeamSouthampton
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home13
Away14
Shots on Target
Home0
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away2
Fouls
Home10
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Watford 0, Southampton 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Watford 0, Southampton 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Steven Caulker (Southampton) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by James Ward-Prowse with a cross.

  4. Post update

    Cédric Soares (Southampton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Ben Watson (Watford).

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ben Watson (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a set piece situation.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Cédric Soares (Southampton).

  8. Post update

    Alessandro Diamanti (Watford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Watford. Ben Watson replaces Valon Behrami.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Shane Long (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Cédric Soares.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Shane Long (Southampton).

  12. Post update

    Etienne Capoue (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Victor Wanyama (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Shane Long (Southampton) right footed shot from long range on the left misses to the left.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Odion Ighalo (Watford) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jurado with a cross.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Cédric Soares with a cross.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Southampton. Jay Rodriguez replaces Graziano Pellè.

  18. Post update

    Offside, Watford. Craig Cathcart tries a through ball, but Troy Deeney is caught offside.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Graziano Pellè (Southampton).

  20. Post update

    Valon Behrami (Watford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

As It Stood

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2Leicester32107437
3Man Utd32102027
4Crystal Palace32016426
5Liverpool22002026
6Swansea31205325
7Everton31115414
8Norwich31115504
9Chelsea311157-24
10West Ham31026603
11Watford30302203
12Bournemouth310245-13
13Arsenal210123-13
14Aston Villa310223-13
15Stoke302134-12
16Tottenham302134-12
17Newcastle302124-22
18Southampton302125-32
19Sunderland301248-41
20West Brom301226-41
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