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Hornet's crash and burn at Southampton

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.

Half-time: 1-0

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.

Full-time: 4-0

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

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Writer:Tom Bodell
Date:Saturday October 1 2011
Time: 6:19PM


Despite the fact that Gilmartin may have done slightly better with the fourth both John Marks and Steven McGinn made a point of saying how well Gilmartin had done and that he made 2 really good saves in the second half.
01/10/2011 21:51:00
Good. Still don't think he's the answer.
01/10/2011 22:35:00
I really hate to see my team lose, the players are working hard, I know I harp on, but please, bring in some one capable of assisting Dyche with team tactics, we haven't got any.
03/10/2011 19:00:00
The fact we dominated the game for the first 25 minutes creating a couple of good chances and limiting theirs until a shocking penalty decision went against us shows our game plan was awful does it. Get real!
04/10/2011 10:56:00
Like I keep on... We need better leadership from the top... S D is NOT the man in my view... He doesn't know when to change things on the pitch when things aren't going to plan... We have no plan B... Most of the time we have no plan A... Change or we will go down & no one wants that... There is still time...
04/10/2011 17:00:00
I definitely agree that we have no plan B & I definitely agree that he needs an experienced No.2 in the Burkinshaw mould. Our most successful period with an experienced manager was when Aidy Boothroyd had Burkinshaw alongside him.
04/10/2011 17:54:00
Chris, what is it with you? Perhaps your the one that should get real! I am not calling for Dyche to go, I have said I don't think we will go down, I point out that we don't defend at corners, No man left up front for corners, but your quick to say that you don't concede as much with every one back and yet we do. I don't see any quality movement at corners or free kicks, , yes, we can string a pass or two, but if your telling me that the football on offer is an improvement of the last 3 years. I don't always agree with 1881 but I read what he says and I don't knock him and yet, if i or someone else point out what We think is wrong, you are totally dismissive. 25 mins and creating 2 chances, great news, but the game is 90 mins long, they took 4 chances, we didn't take any. Get a life mate
04/10/2011 19:54:00
Re. leaving men up at corners. Don't know why we don't because the more we leave up the more they have to leave back. Odd.
04/10/2011 22:11:00
We have no flare or any player who can do something out of nothing.. Maybe M S is the nearest to it but otherwise we have nothing... We are dire... Forest sacked there manager because of there view that they need a change... They are rubbish but we were worse when we played them... We are in need of a change... QUICKLY...
05/10/2011 08:36:00
You would advocate sacking Dyche then yes?
05/10/2011 11:26:00
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