Mauricio Pellegrino Was Unhappy About Southampton Performance



Long-range strikes Against Abdoulaye Doucouré and Daryl Janmaat Finished Southampton's unbeaten start to the season and lifted Watford to the top four. The goals secured a victory for the mobile Hornets where Saints' struggles in front of goal continued. Doucouré pounced soon before half-time from outside the penalty area and Janmaat hit a second-half cracker four minutes after coming on as a replacement. Southampton drew a blank for the third time in their four Premier League matches this season. "Obviously I am unhappy with our performance said the Southampton manager, Mauricio Pellegrino. "However, to score goals isn't only for the strikers." His side has issues to address in the back, also. There was no Virgil van Dijk from the group -- after failing to secure a move to Liverpool, the club captain is building up his fitness -- so in his absence, Wesley Hoedt, another, was handed his debut. Richarlison created the first opening that was decent through the first half when he evaded two defenders before seeing his shot.

Neither goalkeeper was pressured into action until seven minutes before half-time when Southampton only half-cleared a ball in their penalty area. It dropped to Doucouré out 20 yards and the midfielder lashed a volley into the corner past Fraser Forster. There were boos from some of the Southampton loyal as their side trudged harsh given they were unbeaten this effort -- off. The home side staged a short revival after the period but failed to get the most out of their opportunities: Sofiane Boufal sliced his shot over and Nathan Redmond hit the side-netting. A Watford defense already struck by injuries was stretched further when Younès Kaboul and Kiko Femenía both limped off on the hour, but instead of knocking the visitors from their stride the fluctuations paid immediate dividends as among the replacements, Janmaat, expertly found the net from 25 yards. And the second aim is an excellent finish, a moment sometimes you may not expect."

Pellegrino delivered on Shane Long and Charlie Austin in desperate search of a target but the only cheers from the home crowd were the ironic ones who encircle Southampton's first shot on goal, from Cédric Soares, which came in stoppage time. "I'm here because the team was in trouble last season," said Pellegrino. "If everything was perfect there would be another manager here."



As Marco Silva continued his impressive start with the 27, two strikes from distance gave Watford a success. First Abdoulaye Doucoure Daryl Janmaat both capitalized to score from 25 yards as the Saints were bereft low of creativity on unconvincing Southampton clearances.The new developments of Watford, like their supervisor, continue to impress. Richarlison was catchy throughout and his standing strengthened with another display as the deal of the summer.Both teams started the game from their opening three league matches with a success and two draws. However, it was. Meanwhile, the Southampton side of Mauricio Pellegrino was booed off as signs of progress and their hunt for momentum since his summer appointment continues.

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