Danny Ings scored two objectives and James Ward-Prowse netted a free-kick as Southampton defeated Watford 3-1 within the Premier League.
Final Up to date: June 29, 2020, 12:08 AM IST
Watford supervisor Nigel Pearson warned his facet of the perils of relegation if they don’t cease “gifting” factors away after a 3-1 dwelling defeat by Southampton on Sunday.
Danny Ings produced two fantastic finishes to additional his case for the Premier League Golden Boot as Saints realistically secured their top-flight standing for one more season by reaching 40 factors.
A foul day for the Hornets started earlier than kick-off when three gamers had been excluded from Pearson’s squad for breaching coronavirus protocols.
Watford mentioned Andre Grey, Nathaniel Chalobah and Domingos Quina weren’t included to guard “the well being and security of all gamers, employees and officers” after Grey hosted a birthday celebration on Friday with greater than the permitted six people current.
On the sector, Pearson’s males have additionally had a poor begin to the Premier League resumption with only one level from their first three video games leaving them nonetheless only a level above the drop zone.
“We had been second greatest for too lengthy,” mentioned Pearson. “You may’t concede objectives like items to your opponents, it makes the job even more durable.”
Watford are the one facet this season to beat champions Liverpool within the Premier League and in addition beat Manchester United early in Pearson’s reign after taking cost in December.
With bottom-of-the-table Norwich, Newcastle and fellow strugglers West Ham to return in three of his facet’s subsequent 4 video games, Pearson stays assured Watford shall be secure in the event that they discover their greatest kind.
“We’re not reaching the varieties of performances we all know we’re able to,” he added. “We now have video games left the place it’s in our personal arms, the place we will guarantee our personal future within the Premier League.”
Ings might have been representing England this month at Euro 2020 had the coronavirus pandemic not delayed that match for a yr, however he has picked up the place he left off earlier than the three-month stoppage.
The previous Liverpool ahead brilliantly made area for himself on the sting of the field earlier than curling into the far nook on 16 minutes to present Saints a deserved first-half lead.
Watford gave themselves a mountain to climb when Ben Foster’s poor throw was pounced upon by Ings to drill dwelling his 18th Premier League purpose of the season and transfer inside considered one of Jamie Vardy as the highest scorer within the division.
“I simply need to rating as many objectives as I can,” mentioned Ings on his possibilities of beating out the likes of Vardy, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane to the Golden Boot.
Jan Bednarek’s personal purpose briefly gave the hosts hope of a comeback.
Nonetheless, Southampton restored their two-goal benefit inside three minutes as James Ward-Prowse curled a superb free-kick into the highest nook.