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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 29 +45 82
2 Manchester City 28 +37 57
3 Leicester City 29 +30 53
4 Chelsea 29 +12 48
5 Manchester United 29 +14 45
6 Wolverhampton Wanderers 29 +7 43
7 Sheffield United 28 +5 43
8 Tottenham Hotspur 29 +7 41
9 Arsenal 28 +4 40
10 Burnley 29 -6 39
11 Crystal Palace 29 -6 39
12 Everton 29 -9 37
13 Newcastle United 29 -16 35
14 Southampton 29 -17 34
15 Brighton & Hove Albion 29 -8 29
16 West Ham United 29 -15 27
17 Watford 29 -17 27
18 AFC Bournemouth 29 -18 27
19 Aston Villa 28 -22 25
20 Norwich City 29 -27 21