Hornet's crash and burn at Southampton
WATFORD'S RECENT progress was set back with a heavy defeat at St Mary's this afternoon.
Rickie Lambert did the bulk of the damage with two penalties before Guly Do Prado and Lee Holmes wrapped up the points for Nigel Adkins men.
Watford were robbed of the services of left-back Carl Dickinson prior to kick-off with the full-back suffering from illness.
In came centre-half David Mirfin for his league debut alongside Martin Taylor. Lloyd Doyley and Aidy Mariappa filled in at left and right-back respectively.
Southampton made two changes, bringing in striker Steve De Ridder and midfielder, Dean Hammond.
The 'Orns fell behind in the 22nd minute when Lambert was handed a controversial penalty with John Eustace deemed to have handled the ball.
Replays showed that the 'Orns skipper had not handled the ball. The Saints striker coolly dispatched the resulting penalty.
Lambert doubled his side's lead 10 minutes after half-time with a second penalty after Mariappa pulled the former Bristol Rovers man down. Once more he dusted himself down to convert from 12 yards.
The third was well finished by Brazilian Guly, who stroked past Rene Gilmartin with the outside of his left boot after Adam Lallana's pass.
With just two minutes to go, substitute Lee Holmes completed the job when he drove through Gilmartin from 20 yards.
Not a good afternoon for the Hornet's who missed a few chances of their own. The decision by Dyche to include a previously 'doubtful' Jonathan Hogg seems slightly misguided with the midfielder pulled off at half-time.
Furthermore Gilmartin's first busy afternoon in the Hornet's goal resulted in a sloppy fourth for the Saints.
Southampton: Davis; Richardson, Fonte, Hooiveld, Fox; De Ridder (Chaplow 64), Hammond, Cork (Schneiderlin 73), Lallana (Holmes 86); Guly, Lambert.
Not used: Bialkowski (GK) & Martin.
Watford: Gilmartin; Mariappa, Mirfin Taylor, Doyley; Yeates (Deeney 55); Eustace (c), Hogg (Jenkins 46), Forsyth; Garner, Sordell (Iwelumo 60).
Not used: Loach (GK) & Bennett.
Attendance: 23 574