Watford 0-3 Southampton- Report
Report of match 25th February 2012
Watford 0-3 Southampton- Report.
Lambert hits treble as Saints march on
Rickie Lambert scored a hat-trick as the npower Championship's leading marksman sent Southampton to the top of the table with a 3-0 win at Watford.
Lambert struck twice in the first half before sealing his treble with a second-half penalty, taking his tally to 19 league goals, as Saints extended their unbeaten run to six games.
West Ham started the day as leaders but their stalemate with Crystal Palace provided Nigel Adkins' side with the opportunity to leapfrog them and they took full advantage.
Watford handed a debut to Manchester United loanee Tomasz Kuszczak in goal but he was culpable for the opening goal, finding himself stranded as Lambert nodded in.
The keeper could do nothing with the second goal shortly afterwards as Lambert fired home from the edge of the box.
Carl Dickinson gave the striker a chance to wrap up his hat-trick when he fouled Tadanari Lee in the box and Lambert duly obliged by blasting in the penalty.
The first chance of the game very nearly fell to Troy Deeney when Kelvin Davis' rushed clearance came straight to him but the striker was unable to control the ball.
It was an error from Davis' opposite number which led to the game's opening goal in the 13th minute.
Debutant Kuszczak had ample time to get to Jose Fonte's cross but he hesitated and was caught out of position, allowing Lambert to loop his header over the goalkeeper.
The visitors were buoyed by the opening goal and Lambert managed to double their lead just eight minutes after his opener.
Adrian Mariappa failed to clear the ball and Saints broke quickly through Morgan Schneiderlin and Adam Lallana.
The latter used trickery to create some space and laid the ball back for Lambert, who emphatically drilled the ball into the bottom corner at the first time of asking.
Lallana came off injured at the end of the first half but it did not slow Southampton's attacking juggernaut.
Japanese striker Lee should have put the result beyond doubt early in the second half but he scooped a great chance over the crossbar.
The Hornets had offered little in front of goal but they should have pulled one goal back when Mark Yeates' cross was nodded wide by John Eustace. The Watford skipper was stretching and should have let the delivery reach debutant Marcello Trotta, who was well placed.
Lee raced through 19 minutes from time only to be denied by a fine Kuszczak save, but Dickinson pushed the striker in the aftermath and referee Tony Bates awarded a penalty.
Lambert rifled the spot-kick into the top corner of the net and out of Kuszczak's reach to complete his hat-trick.
|Competition: npower Championship Kick Off: 15:00 Venue: Vicarage Road Attendance: 13,424|
||0 - 3||Southampton
Lambert 13, 21, 72 (pen)
|-||Match ends, Watford 0, Southampton 3.|
|90+5||Second Half ends, Watford 0, Southampton 3.|
|90+4||Attempt missed. Jack Cork (Southampton) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.|
|90+2||Foul by John Eustace (Watford).|
|90+2||Tadanari Lee (Southampton) wins a free kick.|
|90||Offside, Watford. Chris Iwelumo is caught offside.|
|89||Attempt saved. Joe Garner (Watford) header from the left side of the box is saved. Assisted by Troy Deeney with a cross.|
|84||Substitution, Southampton. David Connolly replaces Rickie Lambert.|
|84||Substitution, Watford. Prince Bauben replaces Mark Yeates.|
|83||Foul by Jose Fonte (Southampton).|
|83||Chris Iwelumo (Watford) wins a free kick.|
|80||Attempt missed. Joe Garner (Watford) header from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Nyron Nosworthy with a cross.|
|78||Substitution, Watford. Chris Iwelumo replaces Alexander Kacaniklic.|
|77||Substitution, Southampton. Dean Hammond replaces Richard Chaplow.|
|77||Foul by Troy Deeney (Watford).|
|77||Jose Fonte (Southampton) wins a free kick.|
|72||Goal! Watford 0, Southampton 3. Rickie Lambert (Southampton) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top left corner.|
|72||Penalty conceded by Carl Dickinson (Watford) after a foul in the penalty area.|
|72||Penalty Southampton. Tadanari Lee draws a foul in the penalty area.|
|71||Attempt saved. Tadanari Lee (Southampton) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved.|
|70||Foul by Carl Dickinson (Watford).|
|70||Tadanari Lee (Southampton) wins a free kick.|
|67||Attempt missed. Troy Deeney (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Alexander Kacaniklic with a cross.|
|67||Foul by Jose Fonte (Southampton).|
|67||Joe Garner (Watford) wins a free kick.|
|66||Jason Puncheon (Southampton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.|
|62||Foul by Mark Yeates (Watford).|
|62||Danny Butterfield (Southampton) wins a free kick.|
|60||Foul by Rickie Lambert (Southampton).|
|60||Lloyd Doyley (Watford) wins a free kick.|
|59||Substitution, Watford. Joe Garner replaces Marcello Trotta.|
|56||Foul by Marcello Trotta (Watford).|
|56||Jose Fonte (Southampton) wins a free kick.|
|55||Attempt missed. Tadanari Lee (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Kelvin Davis.|
|55||Attempt missed. John Eustace (Watford) header from a difficult angle on the right misses to the right.|
|54||Jos Hooiveld (Southampton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.|
|54||Foul by Jos Hooiveld (Southampton).|
|54||John Eustace (Watford) wins a free kick.|
|53||Foul by Carl Dickinson (Watford).|
|53||Richard Chaplow (Southampton) wins a free kick.|
|51||Attempt missed. Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.|
|49||Offside, Watford. Troy Deeney is caught offside.|
|48||Attempt missed. Tadanari Lee (Southampton) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Richard Chaplow with a cross.|
|-||Second Half begins Watford 0, Southampton 2.|
|45+4||First Half ends, Watford 0, Southampton 2.|
|40||Foul by John Eustace (Watford).|
|40||Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) wins a free kick.|
|39||Offside, Watford. John Eustace is caught offside.|
|39||Foul by Jos Hooiveld (Southampton).|
|39||Troy Deeney (Watford) wins a free kick.|
|29||Substitution, Southampton. Jason Puncheon replaces Adam Lallana.|
|28||Foul by Tadanari Lee (Southampton).|
|28||John Eustace (Watford) wins a free kick.|
|27||Hand ball by Richard Chaplow (Southampton).|
|26||Attempt blocked. Alexander Kacaniklic (Watford) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mark Yeates with a cross.|
|24||Offside, Watford. Troy Deeney is caught offside.|
|21||Goal! Watford 0, Southampton 2. Rickie Lambert (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.|
|20||Foul by Alexander Kacaniklic (Watford).|
|20||Richard Chaplow (Southampton) wins a free kick.|
|17||Attempt missed. Jonathan Hogg (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.|
|16||Attempt saved. Rickie Lambert (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.|
|13||Goal! Watford 0, Southampton 1. Rickie Lambert (Southampton) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jose Fonte with a cross.|
|10||Hand ball by Tadanari Lee (Southampton).|
|3||Hand ball by Adam Lallana (Southampton).|
|1||Foul by Adrian Mariappa (Watford).|
|1||Tadanari Lee (Southampton) wins a free kick.|
|-||First Half begins.|
|-||Lineups are announced and players are warming up.|