Southampton closed the gap on their relegation rivals with a 2-1 win against Watford on Saturday evening.

Ismaila Sarr nearly opened the scoring after a loose pass from Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, but he made no mistake when presented with another golden opportunity as he raced onto a heavy touch from Jack Stephens and converted.

The Senegal international nearly had another, but Alex McCarthy denied him with a low save to his right before touching the ball away from the winger’s path after a cross from Gerard Deulofeu.

Southampton turned in a much-improved performance in the second half and found themselves in front after a period of pressure eventually paid dividends.

Moussa Djenepo carried the ball to the by-line and then towards goal before finding Danny Ings with a low cross, levelling the scoreline.

Saints were not done there, though, and secured a pivotal three points as James Ward-Prowse struck a free-kick beyond the clutches of Ben Foster in the Watford goal to make it 2-1.

Andre Gray’s late volley had Southampton fans with their hearts in their mouths, but the hosts finally secured a win on home soil.

Here are four findings from the victory.