James Ward-Prowse

Watford 2-2 Southampton: Handball goal earns point

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  • Ward-Prowse scores two
  • Doucoure equalizer controversial
  • Watford remains top half

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James Ward-Prowse‘s first brace in nearly two years only helped Southampton to a draw, as a handled late goal from Watford sprung a 2-2 result at Vicarage Road on Saturday.

Andre Gray and Abdoulaye Doucouré scored for the Hornets, the second a very late and extremely controversial goal as Watford moved 10th with 25 points.

Saints are just a point above the drop zone with the draw. Ward-Prowse’s only other Premier League brace came Jan. 16, 2016 against West Brom.

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Mauricio Pellegrino‘s men gave hm a positive start with a goal before the half hour mark, as Shane Long‘s cutback pass deflected to Ward-Prowse for a neat driving finish.

It was Long’s work again that cued up the second goal, his run feeding Dusan Tadic. The Serbian playmaker opted to find Ward-Prowse rather than shoot and it was 2-0 just before the break.

Gray pulled one back for Swans when he was first to a rebound off Daryl Janmaat‘s cross bar rip. And Doucoure’s controversial moment earned the point.

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Brighton 1-1 Southampton: Southern spoils split

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  • Saints take lead off free kick
  • Gross sets up Murray equalizer
  • First league meeting since 2012

Steven Davis and Glenn Murray traded goals as South Coast Derby spoils were split between Brighton and Hove Albion and Southampton at the Amex Stadium on Sunday.

Saints move ninth with 13 points, while the hosts sit 11th with 12.

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James Ward-Prowse presided over a sixth minute free kick as Saints looked for first blood. The effort struck the bar, but Davis was got to the rebound to head into the yawning goal. 1-0, 7′.

The hosts had most of the ball in a bid to respond quickly, though incisive efforts were few and far between as the game reached the half hour mark.

Saints established some possession after 30 minutes, and Dusan Tadic won a corner with a deflected attempt in the 34th minute.

The Seagulls were back at it before halftime, though, with Anthony Knockaert missing the goal before chipping a cute back post pass that was headed over frame.

Murray made it 1-1 early in the second half when he took advantage of a back post size mismatch with Cedric and nodded a cross past an offguard Fraser Forster.

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Southampton 0-0 Manchester United: Romero robs Saints

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  • Romero saves PK
  • Saints lively
  • Fellaini limps off

Southampton couldn’t get by Sergio Romero, as Manchester United held the hosts to a scoreless draw at St. Mary’s on Wednesday.

Romero stopped a Manolo Gabbiadini penalty and made a handful of outstanding saves as sixth-place United picked up its 66th point of the season.

Southampton sits eighth with 46 points, and finishes the season at home Sunday to Stoke City.

United lost Marouane Fellaini to a leg injury in the second half, another obstacle to overcome ahead of next week’s UEFA Europa League final against Ajax in Sweden.

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United started Axel Tuanzebe, Phil Jones, Eric Bailly, and Matteo Darmian at the back, and that’s far from their ideal group of backs.

So it wasn’t a big surprise when Southampton had their moments in the United half, although the Red Devils stopped most threats from getting too near to goalkeeper Sergio Romero.

The exception was a fifth minute penalty, as Bailly handled a ball inside the 18 to give Gabbiadini a chance to put Saints ahead. His stuttering run-up led to a weak low crack that Romero palmed away. Scoreless.

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Phil Jones hip checked Cedric Soares after an Anthony Martial giveaway to give Southampton a 20-yard free kick from the right.

Dusan Tadic cracked an arrow to the left of the wall, but Romero flew to punch it away.

Romero dove to his other side to make an outstanding save on James Ward-Prowse in the 59th minute, as Saints continued to knock.

Wayne Rooney and Chris Smalling combined to produce a chance for Juan Mata, whose contested shot curled wide of the frame.

Dribbling toward the 18, Martial shaped an in-stride shot beyond Fraser Forster but off the post with about 20 minutes to play.

Southampton 3-0 Leicester City: Saints swarm from start to finish

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Southampton dominated from beginning to end, putting a stop to their four-match losing streak thanks to a 3-0 win over Leicester City at St. Mary’s. James Ward-Prowse and Jay Rodriguez both hit first-half goals as the Foxes remain without an away win in Premier League play this season, while Dusan Tadic finished it off late from the spot.

The game’s first opportunity fell to Southampton, who had pushed forward more in the opening 10 minutes. A cross from the left by Nathan Redmond picked out Dusan Tadic in the area, and the Serbian rose high above Christian Fuchs, but his header from close range soared just above the bar.

The Saints flooded Leicester’s box as they pressed high early, and they worked a shot for Pierre-Emil Hojbjerg on nine minutes in that he blasted into the stands. Hojbjerg had a better chance as Tadic fizzed a low ball across the box on 19 minutes, and it deflected across to the far post where Redmond had a shot, but Kasper Schmeichel slid low to make the save.

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It remained all Saints as the clock ticked past 25 minutes, and they eventually found the deserved goal. Cedric Soares burst down the right edge of the box, and he clipped the ball to Ward-Prowse who hammered the a curling ball past Schmeichel into the back of the net, a beautiful finish to put Southampton up 1-0 with England manager Gareth Southgate in attendance.

Leicester never truly built themselves into the game in the first half as they continue to search for their first away win of the season. Five minutes before halftime, Southampton pushed the game further out of reach with a second. A free-kick by Ward-Prowse came barreling in, and Maya Yoshida got a head to it, pushing the ball towards the post where Rodriguez was there to crash it into the net.

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There was a worry after the break for Southampton as Virgil van Djik went down injured and had to come off. With Jose Fonte already sold this window, it forced the club to bring on 22-year-old Jack Stephens. They had a chance to put the game away on the hour mark as Fuchs sent Hojbjerg clean through, but he put it wide with just Schmeichel to beat.

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The Foxes slowly began to work themselves into things with 20 minutes to go, but it was too little too late. Wes Morgan somehow missed for Leicester with a great chance on the half-volley. He was relieved down the other end as it appeared Morgan had put the ball in his own net for a third Southampton goal, but referee Michael Oliver disallowed it for offside after conferring with the assistant. Replays showed Maya Yoshida may have his arm in an offside position, but otherwise there was little to suggest the flag should have gone up.

The Saints did get one last goal as Morgan barreled over Shane Long in the penalty area, earning him a yellow card and forcing Michael Oliver to point to the spot. Tadic obliterated the ball, pummeling it into the top right corner from the spot for his second goal of the season and Southampton’s third of the day.

With the win, Southampton moved above both Bournemouth and Burnley into 11th, while Leicester City remains just five points above the relegation zone in 15th position. On the season, Leicester has garnered just three points on the road, with draws against Tottenham, Stoke City, and Middlesbrough, having lost all the rest.

At the Half: Clinical Southampton leading 2-0 over Leicester City

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Southampton leads Leicester City 2-0 with 45 minutes gone by in the early Sunday Premier League matchup at St. Mary’s.

James Ward-Prowse hit a fantastic half-volley for Southampton’s first after 25 minutes, and Jay Rodriguez doubled the lead five minutes before the break on a set-piece. The Champions have been poor, still searching for their first away win in Premier League play this season.

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Danny Drinkwater and Nampalys Mendy have been unable to hold possession for the narrow Leicester City attack, while Ryan Bertrand and Nathan Redmond have successfully provided width for the hosts.The goal for Rodriguez is his fourth of the season and first since scoring a brace at Bournemouth in mid-December.

Both teams need a win in a bad way. Southampton is hoping to end a four-match losing streak, while Leicester City sits just five points above the relegation zone. To this point, the Foxes simply haven’t been able to match the attacking intent of Southampton at St. Mary’s. 45 minutes remain, can the Champions find a way back in?