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2019-20 English Premier League
  • Danny Ings (78')
  • James Ward-Prowse (83')
  • Ismaïla Sarr (24')

Ward-Prowse seals Southampton comeback win over Watford

James Ward-Prowse struck a stunning free kick seven minutes from time as Southampton fought back from a goal down to beat fellow strugglers Watford 2-1 on Saturday and record their first home Premier League win this season.

Southampton came into the game with the weakest defence in the league, and it sprung another leak midway through the first half as Ismaila Sarr chased down a ball over the top and clipped it confidently into the net to put the visitors ahead.

The goal by the powerful Senegalese 21-year-old was just the ninth of the season for Watford, making them the least-potent attack in the Premier League behind Norwich and Everton, who have scored 13.

With Southampton pouring forward, second-half substitute Shane Long had a shot cleared off the line before Danny Ings bundled the ball home from close range in the 78th minute after Moussa Djenepo's brilliant run set up the chance.

Fired up by the equaliser, Denmark midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg won a free kick on the edge of the area and Ward-Prowse smashed it into the top corner, sending the home crowd into raptures.

The win moved Southampton above Norwich into 18th place on 12 points while Watford remained bottom on eight.

"To go 1-0 down tonight and then to come back and win the game like that shows the character of the lads. We're all together, the fans, you could tell by the atmosphere, it was great at the end," Ings said.

"I always say it's underrated how much the fans mean to you at home games. We've got to make other teams not want to be here when we're playing them, and tonight I thought the fans were unbelievable."

English Premier League Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Liverpool 26 +46 76
2 Manchester City 25 +36 51
3 Leicester City 26 +28 50
4 Chelsea 25 +9 41
5 Sheffield United 26 +4 39
6 Tottenham Hotspur 25 +8 37
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 26 +3 36
8 Everton 26 -4 36
9 Manchester United 25 +7 35
10 Burnley 26 -9 34
11 Arsenal 25 -2 31
12 Newcastle United 25 -12 31
13 Southampton 26 -16 31
14 Crystal Palace 26 -9 30
15 Brighton & Hove Albion 26 -7 27
16 AFC Bournemouth 26 -14 26
17 Aston Villa 25 -15 25
18 West Ham United 25 -13 24
19 Watford 26 -16 24
20 Norwich City 26 -24 18