Watford 0-0 Southampton (23.08.2015) Live Commentary

90+3′
We have been watching a regular game with only a few moments to stir the crowds. The players surely have higher capabilities, they just needed to motivate themselves to a better performance. It was a very tight match, with not much between the two teams. Both sides tried to prevail using combination football.
90+3′
 
The referee is checking his watch and blows his whistle for the end of this match.
90+2′
Alessandro Diamanti (Watford) aims a cross from the side into the penalty area in order to find one of his teammates, but he fails, and the situation doesn’t bear fruit.
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Fourth official shows 2 min. of added time.
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The attendance is 20166.
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Steven Caulker (Southampton) leaps highest around the penalty spot to meet a cross from the free kick and produces a promising goal-bound header. Heurelho Gomes pulls off a comfortable save to deny the effort directed to the middle of the goal.
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Ben Watson (Watford) holds his head in his hands after wasting a promising chance. He creates himself some space to latch on to the rebound and from the edge of the box, he fires the ball into the stands. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for Southampton.
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Alessandro Diamanti (Watford) whips in the resulting set piece which has been cleared.
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Valon Behrami (Watford) goes off the pitch and Ben Watson (Watford) comes on.
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Shane Long (Southampton) produces an effort from the edge of the box, but doesn’t hit the ball properly and sends it yards over the bar. The ball goes out-of-play and Watford will have a goal kick.
83′
Victor Wanyama (Southampton) attempts to surprise the keeper with a nice shot, but it lacks more accuracy and goes way wide of the left post.
83′
Shane Long (Southampton) has a sight of goal, fires from distance to the bottom left corner and forces a good save out of Heurelho Gomes (Watford).
82′
Odion Ighalo (Watford) spurns a big chance! He makes himself some space to meet a cross, and from near the penalty spot sends a header which goes well wide of the left post!
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Graziano Pellè (Southampton) will be replaced by Jay Rodriguez (Southampton).
78′
Troy Deeney (Watford) finds himself in an offside position and the referee stops play after the linesman raises his flag.
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Ikechi Anya (Watford) puts a dangerous cross into the box, but the corner is cleared by the first man.
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Cedric Soares (Southampton) pounced on a rebound on the edge of the box and his shot goes by a whisker over the crossbar. The ball goes out-of-play and Watford will have a goal kick.
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Victor Wanyama (Southampton) receives a low pass just outside the box and drills a fine strike towards the middle of the goal. Heurelho Gomes (Watford) pulls off a reflexive save to block his effort. Nice piece of goalkeeping skill, indeed.
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Cedric Soares (Southampton) serves in a nice cross, but Heurelho Gomes (Watford) punches the ball away.
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The game has come to an end for Steven Davis (Southampton). He has contributed as much as he could today. He will be replaced by the fresh legs of James Ward-Prowse (Southampton).
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Allan Nyom (Watford) sends the ball into the box from the side of the pitch, but his cross is blocked.
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Alessandro Diamanti (Watford) attempts to surprise the keeper with a shot from distance, but it lacks more accuracy and it goes high over the crossbar. The ball goes out-of-play and Southampton will have a goal kick.
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Troy Deeney (Watford) blasts the ball from just outside the box, but his attempt is blocked by the defender.
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Etienne Capoue (Watford) meets a cross inside the box, but he can’t placed his header well as it goes just over the bar.
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Alessandro Diamanti (Watford) goes over to take a corner kick after one of the defenders makes a good clearance.
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Andre Marriner blows his whistle. Who will be penalised? Now it is clear. Oriol Romeu (Southampton) is said to have used an excessive force while attacking.
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Steven Davis (Southampton) is forced to stop his attacking move after the linesman signals for offside.
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Jose Manuel Jurado (Watford) is unable to feed an accurate cross into the box.
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What a great effort! Cedric Soares (Southampton) decided to unleash a long-range shot and despite he hits it very well, it zooms only inches wide of the right post. We could have witnessed a magnificent goal.
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Alessandro Diamanti (Watford) decided to speed play up with a short corner kick.
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Ikechi Anya (Watford) delivers a promising cross into the box which is cleared. The ball is out-of-play. Watford win a corner kick.
59′
Etienne Capoue (Watford) probably picked up a minor injury, but it looks like he will be able to continue in the match.
58′
 
A break in play now as Etienne Capoue (Watford) needs to receive treatment.
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Oriol Romeu (Southampton) makes it easy for the referee to show him a yellow card.
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Jose Manuel Jurado (Watford) plays in a hopeful cross, but it doesn’t find its way to any of the attacking players. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for Southampton.
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Southampton seem to be finding their feet as they enjoy some possession. They are waiting for the right moment to create new attacking opportunities.
55′
Shane Long (Southampton) swings a cross into the box, but is far too close to Heurelho Gomes (Watford), who smothers the ball.
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Steven Davis sends a lovely ball from the corner and into the path of Shane Long (Southampton), whose close-range header flashes just over the bar.
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Corner kick. It will be taken by Steven Davis (Southampton).
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Graziano Pelle (Southampton) meets a delivery on the edge of the penalty area and finishes to the top right corner. He didn’t put enough power into the effort, and Heurelho Gomes (Watford) pulls off an easy save. The ball goes behind for a corner. Southampton will have an opportunity to endanger the opposition’s goal.
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Jose Manuel Jurado (Watford) produces a dangerous lofted cross into the box which is intercepted.
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This corner kick is taken with a short pass by Alessandro Diamanti (Watford).
49′
Troy Deeney (Watford) decides to strike the ball towards goal, but his effort fails to threaten the goalkeeper after being blocked by one of the defenders. Watford get a corner.
48′
A crossfield pass from Cedric Soares (Southampton) failed to find any of his teammates. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for Watford.
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Alessandro Diamanti (Watford) takes a shot from the edge of the box, but it’s not a big threat for the goalkeeper as his effort is blocked by a defender.
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Here is a change after the half-time break. Jose Holebas (Watford) is replaced by Alessandro Diamanti (Watford).
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After the half-time break we are back again. The players are back out on the pitch, and the second half is underway.
45+3′
Not the best game in the world so far but certainly not the worst either. Chances have been few. There wasn’t any evident superiority on either side during the first half. Both teams are attempting to play possession play.
45+3′
 
That’s all for the first half. The referee blows his whistle, and players are heading into their locker rooms.
45+2′
A great teamplay by Watford as they control the ball with a lot of short passes. Patience is the key if they want to find a gap in the defence to score.
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We will have 2 min. of added time.
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Jose Manuel Jurado (Watford) fails to produce a decent cross from the corner kick. The ball goes well out-of-play.
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Ikechi Anya (Watford) crosses into the box from near the side line, but he doesn’t hit it as he wanted, and it’s averted by the well-organized defence. The referee points to the corner flag. Watford are given a corner.
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Cedric Soares (Southampton) sends a cross into the box, but Heurelho Gomes (Watford) comes off his line to gather the ball.
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Ikechi Anya (Watford) clips a neat ball into the box in the direction of Odion Ighalo (Watford), but he can’t get on the end of a pass. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for Southampton.
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Steven Davis (Southampton) whips a long ball in from the free kick which is intercepted by Heurelho Gomes (Watford).
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Valon Behrami (Watford) pulls the jersey of one of the opposition players, and Andre Marriner blows his whistle for a foul. Free kick. Southampton will probably try to move the ball towards the opposition’s goal.
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Graziano Pellè (Southampton) was little bit too fast and was in an offside position when his teammate provided a pass.
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Shane Long (Southampton) takes the corner kick, but Heurelho Gomes (Watford) reads it well and stops the effort.
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The assistant referee points to the corner flag, Southampton are going to take it. Shane Long (Southampton) sends a cross into the box that is cleared.
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What a chance that is! Shane Long (Southampton) squanders a huge opportunity as he latches on to a perfect cross from the side, and produces a bullet header from around the penalty spot which goes well wide of the left post!
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Matt Targett (Southampton) serves in a nice cross, but the defence clear the danger.
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Watford are playing an excellent possession football by exchanging some long passes at the moment.
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Jose Holebas (Watford) produces a shot from a very promising position outside the penalty area, but it was only blocked by a self-sacrificing defender.
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The whistle blows and Victor Wanyama (Southampton) is booked for infringement.
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Shane Long (Southampton) runs with the ball towards the keeper and pulls the trigger from close range, but Heurelho Gomes (Watford) anticipates his intention and makes an amazing save to thwart the effort that was directed to the bottom right corner.
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Ronald Koeman is forced to make a change. Sadio Mane (Southampton) is not able to carry on due to injury. He is replaced by Shane Long (Southampton).
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Jose Holebas (Watford) decides to strike the ball towards goal, but his effort fails to threaten the goalkeeper after being well blocked by one of the defenders.
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Ikechi Anya (Watford) received a clever through ball which could have put him in a promising position, but the defence was alert to the danger.
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Matt Targett (Southampton) fails to deliver a cross from free kick. His attempt is thwarted by the opposition’s defence.
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A break in play now as Sadio Mane (Southampton) needs to receive treatment.
21′
Andre Marriner interrupts the game. One of the players from Watford got the ball, but his effort is judged as a rough play. Southampton are given a free kick. Will they create any chance from that?
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Sadio Mane (Southampton) has picked up a minor injury, but it looks like he will be able to continue.
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The game is interrupted now, Sadio Mane (Southampton) picks up a knock and the physio has to come.
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Like an avalanche. Sadio Mane (Southampton) is penalised for his attacking foul. Andre Marriner has a clear vision and blows the whistle. Sadio Mane (Southampton) is arguing, but the referee’s decision cannot be changed.
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Steven Davis (Southampton) attempts to scoop the ball into the box through the defence, but one of the defending players produces a timely intervention.
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An unsuccessful cross into the box by Sadio Mane (Southampton). The opponent’s defence clears the ball away to safety.
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Neat passing move from Southampton in order to create new attacking opportunities.
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Victor Wanyama (Southampton) slides a pass forward, but one of the defenders cuts it out.
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A cross into the penalty area from Ikechi Anya (Watford) would have to be more accurate in order to create a goal-scoring opportunity for his team. The ball goes out-of-play and Southampton will have a goal kick.
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Cedric Soares (Southampton) hasn’t suffered any serious injury which wouldn’t allow him to stay on the pitch. He’s back in the game now.
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Cedric Soares (Southampton) is clearly asking for some medical attention with his painful gestures. How serious is his injury is yet to be found out.
10′
An offensive foul by Etienne Capoue (Watford) was seen by Andre Marriner who didn’t hesitate to blow the whistle.
10′
Ikechi Anya (Watford) whips the ball into the penalty area, but one of the defenders is alert and spanks it away.
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Allan Nyom (Watford) receives a precise pass on the edge of the box and shoots. His poorly placed shot flies way wide of the left post. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for Southampton.
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Odion Ighalo (Watford) commits an offensive foul and referee Andre Marriner immediately signals a set piece. Southampton win a free kick and they are able to continue with another attacking move.
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Southampton enjoy period of possession as they are exchanging some passes and waiting for an opportunity to strike.
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Jose Manuel Jurado (Watford) with a teasing cross into the area, but Maarten Stekelenburg (Southampton) intercepts the ball.
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Jose Manuel Jurado (Watford) delivers a poor cross from a free kick as one of the defenders comfortably clears it away.
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Sadio Mane (Southampton) fails to pick a body out in the box with a over-hit cross to the back post.
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The players are out at last! Southampton will take the kick-off.
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