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WATFORD v SOUTHAMPTON RECAP: Scoreless stalemate has Hornets and Saints both searching for win

Watford and Southampton played out a 0-0 draw at Vicarage Road on Sunday.

Quique Sanchez Flores' Hornets had the better of the chances in Hertfordshire but Odion Ighalo and Etienne Capoue were unable to hit the back of the net as both teams continue to look for their first win of the Premier League season.

The draw leaves Ronald Koeman's Saints sitting 18th on the table with two points with Watford occupying 12th having drawn all three of their fixtures upon their return to the top flight.


Watford: 0
Southampton: 0
Vicarage Road, Watford - 20,166

Debuts: WAT - Alessandro Diamanti (club)


- Can Watford turn their decent displays into wins soon? Does Flores have a competitive unit on his hands?

- Are Southampton starting to crack after losing a host of key players over the past two summers?


Watford make the unenviable trip to league leaders Manchester City on Saturday following their shock 1-0 loss to Preston North End in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night as Southampton prepare for their Europa League play-off second leg against FC Midtjylland on Thursday night prior to Sunday's home encounter with Norwich.



Southampton's Koeman in the importance of a clean sheet:

"You like to win but after five goals conceded a clean sheet was something to chase," Koeman said.

"We have had to make a lot of changes defensively since the start of the season so that was a positive."

Watford boss Flores on his side's missed opportunities:

"We had a very good chance in the first half with Ighalo and we had a good chance in the second half with Capoue. But it's football."

*Thanks to Opta


Goals - Miguel Layun, Odion Ighalo 1
Assists - Troy Deeney 1
Clean sheets - Heurelho Gomes 2
Yellow cards - Jose Holebas, Troy Deeney, Allan Nyom 1

Goals - Graziano Pelle, Shane Long 1
Assists - Cedric Soares, Dusan Tadic 1
Clean sheets - Maarten Stekelenburg 1
Yellow cards - Steven Davis, Graziano Pelle 2

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