Southampton turned in a simply woeful performance against Watford on Saturday afternoon, falling short to Marco Silva’s side in a 2-0 defeat.
Saints boss Mauricio Pellegrino rung the changes, handing starts to Sofiane Boufal and James Ward-Prowse, while also awarding Wesley Hoedt with his first appearance for the club following a £15.4m move from Lazio.
Truth be told, it was men against boys throughout. Watford won every second ball, were more lively, tried harder, played the better football, and ripped Saints apart. 2-0 flattered us.
The Hornets deservedly took the lead near the end of the first half, with Abdoulaye Doucouré firing a well-struck effort beyond Fraser Forster.
Watford then doubled their advantage in the second-half with another long-distance effort. Daryl Janmaat, who had only recently come on for Kiko Femenia, drove a strike beyond Forster to seal the game.
It was a bad day for Saints. I aim not to overreact, but that was a joke. It was a spineless display, with no energy or passion from our players. Something has to give in the coming weeks, otherwise we might just find ourselves in trouble.
Anyways, here are my player ratings from that painful showing.