Two thumping goals from midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure and substitute Daryl Janmaat handed Southampton their first Premier League defeat of the season as Watford beat the Saints 2-0 at St Mary’s on Saturday.
Both sides came into the game unbeaten after one win and two draws in their opening three matches, but Watford looked stronger from the off and took the lead in the 38th minute when Doucoure thumped the ball past Fraser Forster after a Watford throw-in.
Southampton probed for an equaliser but instead Watford substitute Janmaat dealt the killer blow, rifling the ball low into the corner from well outside the penalty area shortly after coming on as a second-half sub for James Ward-Prowse.
Southampton full back Cedric Soares forced Heurelho Gomes into a smart save late on with one of Southampton’s few efforts on target, but Watford’s defence held firm to secure their third clean sheet in four games.
Reporting by Philip O'Connor,; Editing by Neville Dalton