Jose Holebas scores the equalizer and Southampton draws 1-1 with Watford at St Mary's

The long wait of the saints for another home victory continues after being blocked for a 1-1 draw at Watford.

Before they play St Mary's, their sad past will extend to a lonely home victory in a solar year.

It was a frustration again as a game they were supposed to win only yielded one point.

The Saints had a worrying moment after just four minutes, when Gerard Deulofeu entered behind the back line.

Fortunately for Saints he had to take a shot from an angled position on the right and Alex McCarthy was able to make the shot in his near post.

Watford was causing trouble every time they poured forward and Isaac Success was only prevented by a good block from Wesley Hoedt.

Manolo Gabbiadini, playing wide on the right in a 4-2-3-1, had the first attempt for the saints, but his curling shot from just outside the area went over the bar.

Hoedt came even closer to the 19th minute when he had a free header from a corner with eight yards, but could only choose the goalkeeper.

However, the saints broke the stall only a minute later.

Once again it was poor Watford defending himself from the corner of Ryan Bertrand on the way out, while Roberto Pereyra inexplicably failed to free himself and was faced by Danny Ings. The free ball fell on Gabbiadini who had the simple task of sweeping the house.

Watford's rhythm during the break seemed so dangerous, but their willingness to defend with a great effort was certainly questionable and so the Saints had a lot of reasons to be optimistic if they could contain the threat they were facing.

Deulofeu tested them as he took the lead and worked with McCarthy on another cross from close range on the right in the 32nd minute, but once again the goalkeeper reacted and saved.

Maya Yoshida approaches to double the advantage of the Saints two minutes later with a header from 12 yards but directs it slightly to the side.

McCarthy was again forced to keep out Watford while Pereyra concluded with a 20-yard shot.

The Saints had another glorious chance to get a cushion before the end of the first half, when Bertrand's low cross perfectly matched Stuart Armstrong, but his first time attempt was directed to Ben Foster who made the rescue.

Both sides were forced to suffer an injury due to injury five minutes before the interval, while Danny Ings left the field to be replaced by Charlie Austin while Troy Denney turned up for Will Hughes for Watford.

The saints began the second period with a great purpose and Gabbiadini reached a breath from a goal while curling a shot of 25 meters wide.

On the other side, Denney shows her threat by aiming a cross towards the near post, but it's a fairly normal stop for McCarthy on goal.

Watford had a huge appeal for a penalty reduced to 58 & nbs; when Nathaniel Chalobah went down under the challenge of Bertrand with the second-place shot saved by McCarthy.

It sounded like a good scream, but the umpire Simon Hooper did not let go.

There were wild celebrations by Charlie Austin after he thought he had scored in 66 minutes. Nathan Redmond returned the ball to Austin, whose shot took a detour to find his way into the net.

However, Yoshida swung back out of the trajectory of the ball as he traveled to the door and was stopped for offside despite not interfering with the game, which meant he was not allowed.

It also cost Saints, while Watford equalized eight minutes from the end.

The Saints were seated deep when James Ward-Prowse's network moved to Jose Holebas just outside the area.

He punched a fierce low shot that took a huge detour out of Cedric Soares and gave McCarthy no chance.

And it almost worsened three minutes later when a header in the middle of a crowded group of players from corner Holebas hit the crossbar.

At the final whistle there were whistles for Saints after the umpteenth error in converting an advantage into a victory.


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