Controversy runs through Southampton draw with Watford

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  • Gabbiadini puts hosts ahead
  • Watford denied PK shout
  • Saints have Austin goal ruled out
  • Holebas ties it

Jose Holebas’ deflected 82nd minute strike salvaged a point for Watford against Southampton on Saturday.

Manolo Gabbiadini had given Saints a first half lead, and both teams were denied goals before Holebas’ marker.

The point gained gives Watford 20, and 7th place. Southampton is 17th with 8 points.

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Saints took a lead from a surprising source, well, as surprising as a striker goal can be for a viewer.

Gabbiadini took advantage of a Roberto Pereyra miscue and hammered a shot home for 1-0.

Striker Danny Ings left the match with an injury in the 40th minute, replaced by Charlie Austin.

Watford’s second half began well, and the Hornets believed they’d won a penalty when Nathaniel Chalobah was taken down by Nathan Redmond. No call came, however, and it was a fortunate let-off for Saints.

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Maya Yoshida had a hard shot deflected out for a Saints corner, their fifth of the game, in the 63rd minute.

Austin looked to have made good on Southampton’s threats in the 66th, but it was pulled back while Saints were deep in celebration.

Watford found its equalizer when a ball fell to Holebas outside the 18, and his shot took a wicked turn to beat Alex McCarthy.

Gabbiadini curled a ball into the hands of Ben Foster moments later.

Newcastle top Watford, grab long-awaited win

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  • Magpies get first win
  • Watford allows first goal in 3 matches
  • Subs Ki, Perez combine for winner

Ayoze Perez’s second half goal was enough for Newcastle United to win its first Premier League match of the season and emerge from the drop zone with a 1-0 defeat of Watford at St. James’ Park on Saturday.

The Magpies now have six points, while Watford has 19 and sits eighth.

The win avoids the worst start in Newcastle history.

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The opening 10 minutes belonged to Newcastle, but the Magpies couldn’t maneuver inside the final third.

At the other end, Watford then won a series of corners but found Newcastle very willing to block shots and clog lanes.

Newcastle’s Mo Diame dribbled into space and ripped a shot that Ben Foster parried, and Watford dealt with his rebound cross.

Kenedy intercepted a Craig Cathcart pass but saw Adrian Mariappa slide to block his in-tight effort. Watford countered off the ensuing corner, but Gerard Deulofeu missed the far post.

Watford’s 12th attempt was its first on target, as DeAndre Yedlin helped allowed an Isaac Success shot saved by Martin Dubravka.

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The Hornets dealt with two Newcastle chances off a 46th minute free kick, and Matt Ritchie‘s ensuing free kick was blocked only to see the Magpies keep possession.

Roberto Pereyra hit the bar at the other end before Dubravka stopped his rebound effort.

The Magpies, however, broke through off a set piece, Perez nodding a Ki Sung-Yueng free kick past Ben Foster. The under-fire Spaniard plugged his ears in celebration, and it was 1-0 to Newcastle.

Newcastle came close to making it 2-0, but instead nearly lost their lead on a counter attack thanks to a poor pass from left back Paul Dummett.

Premier League player Power Rankings: Week 10

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The latest Premier League player Power Rankings have arrived.

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There are plenty of new entries after the performances in Week 10, while three players remain in our top five.

Remember: this is a list of the top 20 performing players right now in the Premier League and based on them actually playing in the previous Matchweek. If they didn’t play due to injury or suspension, they aren’t going to make this list. Simple.

Let us know in the comments section below if you agree with the selections.

  1. Ross Barkley (Chelsea) – Up 11
  2. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – Up 2
  3. Riyad Mahrez (Man City) – Even
  4. Roberto Pereyra (Watford) – New entry
  5. Anthony Martial (Man United) – Down 2
  6. Raheem Sterling (Man City) – New entry
  7. Sadio Mane (Liverpool) – New entry
  8. Jordan Pickford (Everton) – Down 2
  9. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) – Up 1
  10. David Silva (Man City) – Up 6
  11. N’Golo Kante (Chelsea) – Down 2
  12. Fernandinho (Man City) – New entry
  13. Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) – New entry
  14. Jorginho (Chelsea) – Down 2
  15. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Everton) – Down 2
  16. John Stones (Man City) – Down 1
  17. Paul Pogba (Man United) – Up 3
  18. Ben Foster (Watford) – New entry
  19. Mat Ryan (Brighton) – New entry
  20. David Brooks (Bournemouth) – New entry

Clinical Watford ease by Huddersfield

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  • Pereyra, Deulofeu, Success score
  • Ben Foster denied Huddersfield with fine saves
  • Huddersfield still without a win

Watford beat Huddersfield Town 3-0 at Vicarage Road on Saturday but that didn’t tell the whole story.

Superb goals from Roberto Pereyra and Gerard Deulofeu put Watford in front but they had goalkeeper Ben Foster to thanks for keeping out several chances from Huddersfield. Issac Success wrapped up the win late on as the Hornets secured their second-straight win.

With the victory they now have 19 points, while Huddersfield slip to last place in the PL with just three points on the board.

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Huddersfield came flying out of the traps early on with Alex Pritchard coming close and Ben Foster forced into some fine stops from distance.

However, it was the home side who took the lead and it was a wonderful goal to make it 1-0. Pereyra picked the ball up on the left flank, wandered inside past several Huddersfield players and then slotted home to continue his fine form. What a sublime individual goal.

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Another fantastic goal soon had Watford 2-0 up as Deulofeu cut in from the right and then drilled a shot in at the near post which Jonas Lossl will be disappointed to have let in.

Huddersfield responded well as Chris Loewe’s long-range strike was touched onto the bar by Ben Foster but Watford almost went 3-0 up as Deulofeu’s shot clipped the outside of the post after another mazy run. Huddersfield continued to threaten as Foster was a busy man.

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Watford had a good chance early in the second half but Will Hughes was denied by Lossl and at the other end Huddersfield kept creating chances and Issac Mbenza’s low shot was saved by Foster.

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The Hornets wrapped up the win late on as Success won a free kick which was played short to Kiko Femenia who crossed for Success to tap home.

AT HALF: Salah puts Liverpool ahead; Watford has 2

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Watford has scored a pair of beauties, while Liverpool’s only been rewarded once for its dominance against Cardiff City as five 10 a.m. ET kickoffs have reached halftime in the Premier League.

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Southampton 0-0 Newcastle United [STREAM]

Two sides in dreadful need of some flash have seen a lot of blocked shots, and most possession to the winless visitors.

Liverpool 1-0 Cardiff City [STREAM]

The Reds look set to have a field day, with Mohamed Salah‘s goal coming on a partially blocked attempt after the Bluebirds blocked Liverpool’s first two shots of the sequence. Seems like it’s not about if, but about how many.

Fulham 0-1 Bournemouth [STREAM]

The Cottagers wobbly defense conceded a penalty through Timothy Fosu-Mensah, and Callum Wilson converted the chance he won.

Brighton and Hove Albion 0-0 Wolves [STREAM]

Nothing to be found at the Amex.

Watford 2-0 Huddersfield Town [STREAM]

Gerard Deulofeu and Roberto Pereyra have both scored beauties at Vicarage Road. Pereyra struck first off a terrific dribble, and Deulofeu hammered his strike over Jonas Lossl to make it 2-0.