Manolo Gabbiadini has become the first Southampton player to score in his first four games for the club. Their next job will be buying an equally poised defender
By Martin Laurence for WhoScored?, part of the Guardian Sport Network
Southampton went to Vicarage Road on Saturday and beat Watford 4-3, a scoreline that flattered the home team. Southampton were comfortably the better side. They dominated possession, with 62%, and were productive with it, hitting the target with 11 of their 20 shots. The victory marked only the second time – and the first since September – that they have recorded back-to-back league wins this season, after their 4-0 demolishing of Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.
Scoring four goals at Watford was the perfect response to their disappointing League Cup final defeat to Manchester United – for which they received plenty of plaudits, most notably from José Mourinho. Southampton have struggled on the road recently – they lost away at Swansea, Burnley, Southampton in January – but the arrival of Manolo Gabbiadini on deadline day has emboldened the team.
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