Watford Drops Critical Match Against Southampton
After losing to Burnley last Thursday, it seems that the Hornets’ season remains in trouble following their 3-1 loss to Southampton on Sunday. The club remains at the 16th spot of the Premier League table with a point above the bottom four teams and six games left for them.
Will Hughes was fuming mad about the team’s loss for the second straight game. He knew that allowing Danny Ings to score a double along with James Ward-Prose’s free-kick was the main problem for the team, and they didn’t do much to help themselves at all.
That tough result saw them falling down for the second straight game in the season return. That could have been the worst thing possible for them if only the rest of the relegation teams won in their games in the same matchday. It seems that the Hornets’ luck continues to live on for now.
‘It’s simply not good enough’, Hughes said of their tough loss to Southampton. ‘It’s a disappointing result and a disappointing performance. We know we’ve not been good enough and we didn’t deserve anything out of the game. It’s frustrating because everything we’ve been good at when we’ve won games, like keeping compact and team shape, it just wasn’t there’.
Watford had eight shots in the game, but only one was really on target. They committed too many fouls in the game, and yet they failed to stop Ings from drilling goals in the 16th and 70th minute, which proved to be futile for them in the long run.
Ward-Prose’s goal in the 82nd minute proved to be the dagger that the Hornets needed to confirm their defeat. Southampton had 11 shots and seven of those were on target. This kind of stats was clearly a flash of the former Hornets under Quique Sanchez Flores.
‘Since the manager came in, he’s built things around us working as a team and it’s worked because we’ve put in good performances and won games, so we have to get back to that as soon as possible’, Hughes calmly said of the team’s status right now. ‘We have to re-group and we have to better, it’s as simple as that’.
Words: Paul Daniel Flores