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Watford 0-0 Southampton: Capoue’s shocking miss proves the (non)-difference

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  • Etienne Capoue missed a free header from two yards out (above video)
  • Both sides remain winless to begin the 2015-16 season
  • Watford’s point sees them jump three places in the league table, up to 11th
  • Southampton’s point sees them remain in 18th

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Shane Long nearly gave Southampton the lead in the 27th minute, when he weaved his way into the Watford penalty are from out on the right wing, avoided three Hornets defenders and tried to beat Heurelho Gomes inside his near post, but the Brazilian goalkeeper lurched to his left and made the stop.

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The best chance of the first half came Watford’s way in the 40th minute, when Ikechi Anya’s right-sided cross made its way into the penalty area and eluded four Southampton defenders on its way to the back post, where Odion Ighalo narrowly missed out on an easy tap-in.

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Etienne Capoue had the easiest scoring chance he’ll ever see in his career, but the French midfielder header the ball over the crossbar in the 66th minute. After a corner kick was whipped in by Alessandro Diamanti, Troy Deeney flicked the ball on at the near post, to Capoue at the back post. With Maarten Stekelenburg all the way across goal, Capoue headed his effort over from two yards out.