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  • Date:25 Feb 2012
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Vicarage Road Stadium
  • Attendance:13,424
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Goal!

Live Commentary

94mins

Effort from inside the area by Jack Cork misses to the right of the target.

93mins

Lloyd Doyley crosses the ball, save by Kelvin Davis.

92mins

John Eustace challenges Tadanari Lee unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Danny Butterfield.

90mins

Chris Iwelumo is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Kelvin Davis.

89mins

Troy Deeney sends in a cross, Joe Garner takes a shot. Save made by Kelvin Davis. Centre by Troy Deeney.

84mins

David Connolly is brought on as a substitute for Richard Lambert.

84mins

Mark Yeates goes off and Prince Buaben comes on.

84mins

Carl Dickinson produces a cross.

83mins

Jose Fonte gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Iwelumo. Carl Dickinson takes the free kick.

80mins

The ball is crossed by Nyron Nosworthy, Headed effort from inside the area by Joe Garner misses to the left of the goal.

78mins

Alex Kacaniklic leaves the field to be replaced by Chris Iwelumo.

77mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jose Fonte by Troy Deeney. Dean Hammond replaces Richard Chaplow. Kelvin Davis restarts play with the free kick.

75mins

A cross is delivered by Mark Yeates.

74mins

Corner taken by Mark Yeates from the right by-line played to the near post.

74mins

Troy Deeney crosses the ball, Jos Hooiveld makes a clearance.

72mins

Penalty awarded for an unfair challenge on Tadanari Lee by Carl Dickinson. Penalty taken right-footed by Richard Lambert and scored. Watford 0-3 Southampton.The assist for the goal came from Tadanari Lee.

71mins

Tadanari Lee takes a shot. Save by Tomasz Kuszczak.

70mins

Tadanari Lee fouled by Carl Dickinson, the ref awards a free kick. Kelvin Davis takes the direct free kick.

70mins

The ball is swung over by Mark Yeates, clearance by Danny Butterfield.

70mins

Corner taken right-footed by Mark Yeates from the left by-line to the near post, Daniel Fox manages to make a clearance.

68mins

Centre by Jason Puncheon.

68mins

The ball is sent over by Danny Butterfield, save made by Tomasz Kuszczak.

67mins

The ball is crossed by Alex Kacaniklic, Shot from deep inside the area by Troy Deeney clears the crossbar.

67mins

Foul by Jose Fonte on Joe Garner, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Lloyd Doyley.

66mins

Jason Puncheon receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

62mins

Mark Yeates challenges Danny Butterfield unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Kelvin Davis.

59mins

Marcello Trotta leaves the field to be replaced by Joe Garner.

58mins

Centre by Jonathan Hogg, save by Kelvin Davis.

57mins

Corner from left by-line taken by Mark Yeates.

57mins

The ball is swung over by John Eustace, clearance made by Danny Butterfield.

56mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jose Fonte by Marcello Trotta. Direct free kick taken by Kelvin Davis.

55mins

John Eustace produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand post.

55mins

A cross is delivered by Mark Yeates.

54mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on John Eustace by Jos Hooiveld. Jos Hooiveld receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. Lloyd Doyley restarts play with the free kick.

53mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Richard Chaplow by Carl Dickinson. Kelvin Davis takes the direct free kick.

52mins

The ball is crossed by Richard Chaplow, save made by Tomasz Kuszczak.

51mins

Morgan Schneiderlin takes a shot from a long way out which goes wide of the right-hand post.

49mins

The assistant referee signals for offside against Troy Deeney. Kelvin Davis restarts play with the free kick.

48mins

Lloyd Doyley crosses the ball, Kelvin Davis makes a save.

48mins

Carl Dickinson sends in a cross, clearance made by Daniel Fox.

48mins

The ball is sent over by Richard Chaplow, Strike from close range by Tadanari Lee clears the bar.

47mins

Centre by Jason Puncheon.

46mins

A cross is delivered by Daniel Fox, Adrian Mariappa makes a clearance.

43mins

A cross is delivered by Jason Puncheon, save by Tomasz Kuszczak.

40mins

Unfair challenge on Morgan Schneiderlin by John Eustace results in a free kick. Kelvin Davis restarts play with the free kick.

39mins

The offside flag is raised against John Eustace. Kelvin Davis takes the indirect free kick.

39mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jos Hooiveld on Troy Deeney. Free kick crossed by Alex Kacaniklic.

37mins

The ball is swung over by Troy Deeney, Jose Fonte makes a clearance.

36mins

The ball is sent over by Richard Lambert, Adrian Mariappa manages to make a clearance.

35mins

The ball is crossed by Lloyd Doyley, save made by Kelvin Davis.

35mins

Alex Kacaniklic produces a cross, Daniel Fox makes a clearance.

29mins

Jason Puncheon replaces Adam Lallana.

28mins

Foul by Tadanari Lee on John Eustace, free kick awarded. Adrian Mariappa takes the free kick.

27mins

The referee penalises Richard Chaplow for handball. Free kick taken by Mark Yeates.

26mins

Centre by Mark Yeates, Alex Kacaniklic takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Danny Butterfield. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Mark Yeates played to the near post, Jose Fonte manages to make a clearance.

24mins

The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Kelvin Davis.

21mins

Richard Lambert finds the net with a goal from just outside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Watford 0-2 Southampton.Assist on the goal came from Adam Lallana.

20mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Alex Kacaniklic on Richard Chaplow. Free kick crossed right-footed by Daniel Fox, Adrian Mariappa manages to make a clearance.

17mins

Shot by Jonathan Hogg from outside the box goes high over the target.

16mins

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Alex Kacaniklic, clearance by Daniel Fox.

16mins

Richard Lambert takes a shot. Save by Tomasz Kuszczak.

16mins

Daniel Fox crosses the ball, Adrian Mariappa manages to make a clearance.

13mins

Richard Lambert finds the net with a goal from inside the box low into the middle of the goal. Watford 0-1 Southampton.Jose Fonte provided the assist for the goal.

10mins

The referee penalises Tadanari Lee for handball. Direct free kick taken by Nyron Nosworthy.

6mins

The ball is sent over by Marcello Trotta.

3mins

Handball by Adam Lallana. Direct free kick taken by John Eustace.

1mins

Tadanari Lee fouled by Adrian Mariappa, the ref awards a free kick. Daniel Fox crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, clearance by Troy Deeney.

Match Preview

Pair primed for Hornets debut Tomasz Kuszczak and Marcello Trotta will be looking to make their Watford bows at home to high-flying Southampton. Kuszczak has arrived on loan from Manchester United and will challenge Scott Loach for the gloves while striker Trotta has signed from Fulham on a month-long deal and will also be aiming to start. Trotta's involvement could well depend on the fitness of fellow forward Troy Deeney who, having missed last weekend's 4-0 reverse at Crystal Palace with a hamstring injury, faces a late fitness test. Midfielder Sean Murray (thigh) will also be assessed having sat out at Selhurst Park while right-back Lee Hodson is expected to have overcome illness in time to keep his place at right-back. The Hornets have only lost one of their last 10 home matches at Vicarage Road. Southampton will check on Frazer Richardson, Jos Hooiveld and Guly do Prado ahead of the game. Right-back Richardson missed last weekend's 4-0 win over Derby due to a thigh injury and centre-half Hooiveld was substituted at half-time with a slight hamstring problem. Brazilian midfielder Guly was also missing against the Rams through illness. Versatile defender Danny Butterfield, who has not started a league game since October, is fit after a hamstring injury and could return to the squad. Japan international Tadanari Lee climbed off the bench to score his first goal for Saints against Derby so he may have earned a place in the starting line-up. Young midfielder Ben Reeves has joined League Two Dagenham on a month's loan.

Formation:442Manager: Sean Dyche

Watford

Formation: 442Manager: Nigel Adkins

Southampton

  • Tomasz Kuszczak
  • Lloyd Doyley
  • Adrian Mariappa
  • Nyron Nosworthy
  • Carl Dickinson
  • Mark Yeates
  • John Eustace
  • Jonathan Hogg
  • Alex Kacaniklic
  • Troy Deeney
  • Marcello Trotta
  • SUBS
  • Scott Loach
  • Chris Iwelumo
  • Dale Bennett
  • Prince Buaben
  • Joe Garner

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Match Report

Lambert hits treble as Saints march on Rickie Lambert scored a hat-trick as the npower Championship's leading marksman sent Southampton to the top of the table with a 3-0 win at Watford. Lambert struck twice in the first half before sealing his treble with a second-half penalty, taking his tally to 19 league goals, as Saints extended their unbeaten run to six games. West Ham started the day as leaders but their stalemate with Crystal Palace provided Nigel Adkins' side with the opportunity to leapfrog them and they took full advantage. Watford handed a debut to Manchester United loanee Tomasz Kuszczak in goal but he was culpable for the opening goal, finding himself stranded as Lambert nodded in. The keeper could do nothing with the second goal shortly afterwards as Lambert fired home from the edge of the box. Carl Dickinson gave the striker a chance to wrap up his hat-trick when he fouled Tadanari Lee in the box and Lambert duly obliged by blasting in the penalty. The first chance of the game very nearly fell to Troy Deeney when Kelvin Davis' rushed clearance came straight to him but the striker was unable to control the ball. It was an error from Davis' opposite number which led to the game's opening goal in the 13th minute. Debutant Kuszczak had ample time to get to Jose Fonte's cross but he hesitated and was caught out of position, allowing Lambert to loop his header over the goalkeeper. The visitors were buoyed by the opening goal and Lambert managed to double their lead just eight minutes after his opener. Adrian Mariappa failed to clear the ball and Saints broke quickly through Morgan Schneiderlin and Adam Lallana. The latter used trickery to create some space and laid the ball back for Lambert, who emphatically drilled the ball into the bottom corner at the first time of asking. Lallana came off injured at the end of the first half but it did not slow Southampton's attacking juggernaut. Japanese striker Lee should have put the result beyond doubt early in the second half but he scooped a great chance over the crossbar. The Hornets had offered little in front of goal but they should have pulled one goal back when Mark Yeates' cross was nodded wide by John Eustace. The Watford skipper was stretching and should have let the delivery reach debutant Marcello Trotta, who was well placed. Lee raced through 19 minutes from time only to be denied by a fine Kuszczak save, but Dickinson pushed the striker in the aftermath and referee Tony Bates awarded a penalty. Lambert rifled the spot-kick into the top corner of the net and out of Kuszczak's reach to complete his hat-trick.

Form Guide

    LWWDWL
  • Watford
  • VS
  • Southampton
  • LDDWDW

Last Meetings

  • Southampton
  • 4 - 0
  • Watford
  • 01/10/2011
  • Watford
  • 2 - 2
  • Southampton
  • 07/04/2009
  • Southampton
  • 0 - 3
  • Watford
  • 18/10/2008
  • Southampton
  • 0 - 3
  • Watford
  • 01/01/2008
  • Watford
  • 3 - 2
  • Southampton
  • 16/09/2007
  • Southampton
  • 1 - 3
  • Watford
  • 20/03/2006

Top Scorers

Watford

  • J Eustace 4
  • T Deeney 4
  • M Yeates 3
  • C Forsyth 3
  • C Dickinson 2
  • M Taylor 1
  • C Iwelumo 1
  • A Mariappa 1
  • J Garner 1
  • P Buaben 1
  • S Murray 1

Southampton

  • R Lambert 10
  • G Do Prado 10
  • A Lallana 8
  • D Connolly 6
  • J Hooiveld 4
  • R Chaplow 3
  • S De Ridder 3
  • M Schneiderlin 2
  • D Hammond 1
  • D Harding 1
  • B Sharp 1
  • T Lee 1
  • A Martin 1

Goals

Watford

    • Total goals 83
    • Goals per game 36
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 1 (For) 5 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 7 (For) 5 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 5 (For) 8 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 3 (For) 6 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 5 (For) 6 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 5 (For) 3 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 4 (For) 11 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Southampton

    • Total goals 105
    • Goals per game 58
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 7 (For) 1 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 9 (For) 3 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 5 (For) 2 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 4 (For) 7 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 7 (For) 4 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 6 (For) 4 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 10 (For) 4 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 6 (For) 4 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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