Che Adams’ magnificent curling strike earned Southampton a 1-0 victory at Watford as they claimed their first away win of the season.
Adams put Southampton ahead on 20 minutes when he controlled Adam Armstrong’s pass with his back to goal and found the top-right corner with minimal backlift for his second touch.
Kyle Walker-Peters cleared Ismaila Sarr’s effort off the goalline to preserve the visitors’ lead.
In the second half, Watford’s Juraj Kucka forced Alex McCarthy into a low save before Adam Armstrong missed an opportunity to double Saints’ lead.
Watford had two late chances to draw level but substitute Ashley Fletcher was denied by McCarthy before Kucka headed wide.
Southampton climb above Watford into 14th with 11 points. Watford are one point behind them in 16th.
Watford: 7 Nov v Arsenal (A)
Southampton: 5 Nov v Villa (H)