Southampton stun Watford with five-minute comeback to win crucial relegation clash
Southampton’s survival hopes were revived with a surprising five-minute comeback as they beat fellow strugglers Watford 2-1 at St Mary’s. In a vastly uninspiring first 70 minutes, Ismaila Sarr gave the Hornets the lead as the south coast side struggled to muster a threat. In a vastly uninspiring first 70 minutes, Ismaila Sarr gave the Hornets the lead as the south coast side struggled to muster a threat.
Everton lost ground in the race for seventh place in the Premier League as they were held to a goalless draw by Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. The result lifted Marco Silva's Everton into eighth in the table, although they are now four points behind Wolves, who won 2-1 at Watford on Saturday.
Chris Hughton was left frustrated after his Brighton side were held to a 0-0 draw at home to Watford in the Premier League on Saturday. Brighton had 16 shots compared to Watford ’s five, but Ben Foster was in inspired form and left the Amex Stadium with his clean sheet intact, splitting the points for each
Watford ended a run of three defeats with a goalless stalemate against Crystal Palace at Vicarage Road.
New head coach Nigel Pearson was watching from the stands as caretaker boss Hayden Mullins oversaw duties from the dugout for the second game running.
Watford started as the brighter side with waves of attacks down their right flank, but early promise from £40million signing Ismaila Sarr petered out and neither side managed a shot on target before the half-time whistle.
The second half proved more lively with Mullins' side imposing superiority for the lion's share as Gerard Deulofeu found his groove and combined effectively with Sarr.
But Wilfried Zaha proved a regular menace, bursting from midfield and frequently being floored with tactical fouls from Watford, which resulted in several heated exchanges throughout the game.
Watford almost collected all three points at the end, but substitute Andre Gray's run was blocked and taken on by Troy Deeney, whose deflected shot fell to Sarr - but Vicente Guaita nudged the ball to safety to secure the point.
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