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Header from deep inside the area by Chris Iwelumo goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
Lee Holmes challenges Ross Jenkins unfairly and gives away a free kick. Craig Forsyth takes the direct free kick.
A goal is scored by Lee Holmes from outside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Southampton 4-0 Watford.Assist on the goal came from Frazer Richardson.
The ball is delivered by Lee Holmes, save by Rene Gilmartin.
Foul by Craig Forsyth on Guly Do Prado, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Dean Hammond. Adam Lallana goes off and Lee Holmes comes on.
Richard Chaplow takes a shot. Save by Rene Gilmartin.
Frazer Richardson takes a shot. Save made by Rene Gilmartin.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joe Garner by Dean Hammond. Free kick crossed left-footed by Craig Forsyth, save by Kelvin Davis.
Adam Lallana takes a corner.
Effort on goal by Richard Lambert from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.
Daniel Fox takes a inswinging corner.
Free kick awarded for a foul by John Eustace on Morgan Schneiderlin. Indirect free kick taken by Morgan Schneiderlin.
Richard Chaplow has an effort at goal from the edge of the box striking the post.
Guly Do Prado fouled by Ross Jenkins, the ref awards a free kick. Dean Hammond takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Iwelumo on Jose Fonte. Kelvin Davis takes the free kick. (Southampton) makes a substitution, with Morgan Schneiderlin coming on for Jack Cork.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Craig Forsyth, Richard Lambert manages to make a clearance.
Guly Do Prado fires in a goal from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Southampton 3-0 Watford.Assist by Adam Lallana.
Shot from outside the area by Troy Deeney misses to the left of the goal.
Craig Forsyth takes a shot.
Chris Iwelumo fouled by Jose Fonte, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by John Eustace.
Richard Chaplow produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.
The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Rene Gilmartin.
Guly Do Prado delivers the ball.
Richard Chaplow on for Steve De Ridder.
Steve De Ridder has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Troy Deeney.
Craig Forsyth takes a shot. Save made by Kelvin Davis.
Shot from outside the box by Richard Lambert misses to the left of the goal.
The ball is crossed by Craig Forsyth.
John Eustace fouled by Guly Do Prado, the ref awards a free kick. David Mirfin takes the indirect free kick.
Mark Yeates goes off and Troy Deeney comes on.
Adrian Mariappa concedes a Penalty for a foul on Richard Lambert. Booking for Adrian Mariappa for unsporting behaviour. Penalty taken right-footed by Richard Lambert and scored. Southampton 2-0 Watford.Assist by Frazer Richardson.
The ball is swung over by Daniel Fox, Lloyd Doyley makes a clearance.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Adam Lallana, Jose Fonte has a header from inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Adam Lallana from the left by-line to the near post, Martin Taylor makes a clearance.
Centre by Frazer Richardson, David Mirfin manages to make a clearance.
Adam Lallana delivers the ball, Martin Taylor manages to make a clearance.
Corner taken left-footed by Daniel Fox to the near post, clearance made by Joe Garner.
Richard Lambert challenges David Mirfin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by John Eustace.
Ross Jenkins on for Jonathan Hogg.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Daniel Fox, save made by Rene Gilmartin.
The ball is swung over by Frazer Richardson.
The official flags Joe Garner offside. Kelvin Davis takes the indirect free kick.
Jack Cork gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marvin Sordell. Jack Cork is cautioned. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Mark Yeates.
Adam Lallana takes a shot. Save made by Rene Gilmartin.
Shot from just outside the area by Steve De Ridder goes over the bar.
Joe Garner gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jack Cork. Free kick taken by Jose Fonte.
Adam Lallana takes a shot.
Lloyd Doyley challenges Steve De Ridder unfairly and gives away a free kick. The ball is sent over by Daniel Fox, Header from close in by Richard Lambert hits the post.
John Eustace is penalised for handball and concedes a . Penalty taken right-footed by Richard Lambert and scored. Southampton 1-0 Watford.The assist for the goal came from Steve De Ridder.
Joe Garner concedes a free kick for a foul on Jose Fonte. Free kick taken by Kelvin Davis.
Mark Yeates decides to take the corner short.
Joe Garner takes a shot. Save by Kelvin Davis.
Craig Forsyth has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Jonathan Hogg takes a shot. Kelvin Davis makes a save.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jack Cork on Jonathan Hogg. David Mirfin restarts play with the free kick.
Header from close range by Adrian Mariappa misses to the right of the target.
Saints skipper pushing for start
Dean Hammond could be restored to the Southampton starting line-up for the visit of Watford.
The midfielder and Saints captain was confined to the bench as the npower Championship leaders were beaten 2-1 at Cardiff on Wednesday night.
Left-back Dan Harding will be assessed having missed the last five matches with a knee injury, while long-term absentees Radhi Jaidi and Lee Barnard are also close to returning.
Veteran defender Jaidi has been out all season with a knee injury and striker Barnard has yet to appear due to an ankle problem, but both are back in training.
Centre-half Dan Seaborne is still out as he recovers from a head injury sustained during an assault outside a nightclub earlier this month.
Sean Dyche is likely to stick with a winning line-up when he takes his Watford side to the npower Championship leaders.
The Hornets boss made one change in midweek as out-of-form goalkeeper Scott Loach was dropped to the bench in favour of Rene Gilmartin, who made his first ever league start for the Hertfordshire club.
And despite going behind against Millwall at Vicarage Road, Watford hit back to prevail 2-1 late on.
Dyche has no major new injury problems to contend with ahead of the trip to St Mary`s, where Saints are yet to drop any points so far this season.
Midfielder Piero Mingoia has joined defender Lee Hodson (both knee) on the sidelines, although the pair are unlikely to have made the matchday 16 in any case. Long-term absentee Stephen McGinn also continues to miss out with a knee problem of his own.
Four-star Saints on top
Rickie Lambert's brace of penalties and strikes from Guly Do Prado and Lee Holmes ensured Southampton went into the international break at the top of the npower Championship table following their 4-0 victory over Watford.
Lambert, who took his goals tally for the season to 10, had a hand in - then converted - a spot kick in either half before Guly and Holmes put the gloss on the victory.
The Saints kept their 100% record after five games at St Mary's intact and they have now made their best start to a league season in 52 years although they started sluggishly this afternoon.
Adrian Mariappa, Jonathan Hogg and Joe Garner all had chances to put the visitors in front before John Eustace, under pressure from Lambert, handled in the area.
The much-travelled striker duly slotted home and he made no mistake when he was presented with another opportunity after half-time when he was hauled down by Mariappa.
Guly ensured there was no way back for Watford with a fine finish, while substitute Holmes wrapped up the win with a magnificent strike from long range late on.
However, it was the mid-table visitors who made the better start, surprisingly, with Mariappa heading wide early on.
Hogg shot straight at Kelvin Davis from the edge of the area, while the Saints goalkeeper superbly tipped over from Garner's lob.
To their credit, Nigel Adkins' men weathered the early onslaught and took the lead against the run of play thanks to free-scoring Lambert's 22nd-minute penalty.
The striker slotted past Rene Gilmartin for his ninth goal of the season after Eustace had handballed in the area as he and Lambert battled to reach De Ridder's cross.
Lambert could have doubled his and Southampton's tally immediately after but his header from Daniel Fox's right-wing free-kick struck the post.
The hosts were clearly in the ascendancy and Adam Lallana's volley from just outside the box thundered against the crossbar.
The midfielder then forced Gilmartin to make a fine save from his header as the Saints ended the half strongly.
A scrappy period ensued after the interval although Lambert won another penalty when he was brought to the ground by Mariappa after trying to latch on to Frazer Richardson's cross.
The 29-year-old once again fired left to put his side two goals to the good after 55 minutes and he nearly had a hat-trick but his 25-yard strike fizzed wide.
The Hornets refused to lie down, though, and Davis had to be at his best to deny Craig Forsyth after the midfielder had cut in from the right.
But their resistance was quelled when Guly picked up Lallana's pass before placing the ball into the right corner in the 70th minute.
Richard Chaplow struck the post from the edge of the area, while Richardson forced another fine save from Gilmartin as Southampton laid siege to the Hornets' goal.
And they were rewarded two minutes from end as Holmes' fantastic curling effort from 25 yards ensured an emphatic win.
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