Watford striker Cucho Hernandez forced Southampton to pay a heavy price for his sloppy defense with two first-half goals as the relegation-threatened side sealed a crucial 2-1 win in Sunday’s Premier League clash.
Results at St. Stadium Mary’s saw Roy Hodgson’s side end two consecutive defeats to secure the three points that lifted them up one place to 18th. Mid-table The Saints were forced to lose their third.
Watford scored in the 14th minute when Hernandez capitalized on a weak back pass from Southampton’s Mohammed Salisu and then headed the ball into the home net from a tight angle after rounding goalkeeper Fraser Forster.
Unmarked Hernandez doubled Watford’s lead 20 minutes later after establishing himself to volley home after picking up Juraj Kucka’s cross.
Watford had a number of chances to go 3-0 up but Southampton pulled one back just before half-time when Mohamed Elyounoussi capitalized on Che Adams’ header following captain James Ward-Prowse’s free kick.
Southampton continued to press after the break but Watford held on and capitalized on their luck at the end of time when a foul in the danger area when Ward-Prowse tumbled near the line for a free-kick. (OL-8)