12/02/2015: Saints U21s 3-2 Watford U21s

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Saints U21s progressed to the semi-finals of the cup with another impressive performance against Watford. Martin Hunter's side will come up against Derby at home in the next round for a place in the final.

The clash presented fans with another opportunity to see some up and coming youngsters, but there was also some first team interest. Filip Djuricic - fresh off making his senior debut a night earlier against West Ham - started in behind Sam Gallagher, who lined up as a centre forward in his 3rd match since his comeback from injury.

Saints made an explosive start to the game, taking a 2nd minute lead. Filip Djuricic played a neat through ball to Jake Sinclair on the edge of the area. Sinclair beat the offside trap before dinking the ball over the onrushing keeper.

Saints looked comfortable in possession for the most part, building from the back. Ryan Seager curled the ball just over the bar from outside the area on 19. A few minutes later Djuricic combined with Sinclair again, with the latter shooting straight at the keeper.

Saints left gaps in front of defence early on, leaving the back four with a tough task at times. The quartet stood up well to most of Watford's attacks, but were caught out down the left on 35 when Niall Mason gave away possession. Bernard Mensah strode into the area before slotting low past Paulo Gazzaniga. Saints briefly lost their attacking rhythm, but ended the half strongly, with Hesketh shooting low at the keeper, having been fed by Djuricic.

Saints made a flying start to the 2nd half, scoring straight from kick-off. Seager's cross was palmed out by the Watford keeper. Djuricic had his first effort blocked on the line, before finishing at the second attempt. The Serbian had the ball in the net once again on 58, only to see it ruled out for offside.

On 63 Gazzaniga got down well to save from a Watford free-kick. The Hornets attempted to get the ball forward quickly, but weren't quite as slick as the home side. The third Saints goal resulted from the best move of the match. Sinclair turned his man on the halfway line before driving forward. He then fed Jake Hesketh, who cut the ball across goal for substitute Josh Sims, who completed a simple tap in. Seager had an effort ruled offside on 88. Hesketh also went close in stoppage time before Watford pulled one back. There was no time for them to push for an equaliser however.

Player Comments

Gazzaniga: Might have done better for the first Watford goal. Standard of kicking mixed

Mason: A few good pieces of defensive play, but distribution often wayward and forward runs a bit predictable

Cook: Looked a bit nervy early on, but did improve. Usually took the simple option in possession

McCarthy: Looked confident bringing the ball out from the back and showed his usual leadership qualities

Wood: Possibly Saints' best player. Strong going forward and some great last ditch tackles

Gape: Provided energy in midfield and made some intelligently timed runs

Flannigan: Back in midfield having sat on Ronald Koeman's bench for the last two first team games. Forced off with an early injury. Expected to be out until next season

Seager: Looked sharp throughout

Djuricic: Made space for himself with a great first touch. Technically ability obvious. Heavily involved in most of the chances until he came off

Sinclair: Displayed some good skill in and around the box. Involved in a couple of the goals

Gallagher: Struggled to get into the game. Didn't really impose himself on proceedings


Hesketh: Classy as ever on the ball. Always positive

Sims: Impressed in the time he was on. Pace and skill opened up the Watford defence on numerous occasions

Little: Started a couple of attacks

Match Details

Saints - Sinclair (1) Djuricic (46) Sims (82)

Watford - Mensah (35) Folivi (90)


Saints: Gazzaniga, Mason, Cook, McCarthy, Wood, Gape, Flannigan (Hesketh 18), Seager, Djuricic (Little 68), Sinclair, Gallagher (Sims 76)

Subs not used: Britt, Mugabi

Watford: Gilmartin, Young (Ammann 66), Doherty, O’Nien, Savic, Johnson, Lewis, Byers, Mensah, Folivi, Martin

Subs not used: Rowan, Kyprianou, Otudeko, Obi

Previous Match Reports

11/02/2015: Saints 0-0 West Ham
07/02/2015: QPR 0-1 Saints
01/02/2015: Saints 0-1 Swansea
24/01/2015: Saints 2-3 Crystal Palace
17/01/2015: Newcastle 1-2 Saints
15/01/2015: Saints U21s 2-0 Norwich U21s
14/01/2015: Ipswich 0-1 Saints
12/01/2015: Fulham U21s 1-2 Saints U21s
11/01/2015: Man United 0-1 Saints
04/01/2015: Saints 1-1 Ipswich
01/01/2015: Saints 2-0 Arsenal
28/12/2014: Saints 1-1 Chelsea
26/12/2014: Crystal Palace 1-3 Saints
20/12/2014: Saints 3-0 Everton
16/12/2014: Sheffield United 1-0 Saints
13/12/2014: Burnley 1-0 Saints
09/12/2014: Saints U18s 2-1 West Ham U18s
08/12/2014: Saints 1-2 Man United
03/12/2014: Arsenal 1-0 Saints
01/12/2014: Saints U21s 1-0 Man United U21s
30/11/2014: Saints 0-3 Man City
24/11/2014: Aston Villa 1-1 Saints
08/11/2014: Saints 2-0 Leicester
01/11/2014: Hull 0-1 Saints
29/10/2014: Stoke 2-3 Saints
25/10/2014: Saints 1-0 Stoke
18/10/2014: Saints 8-0 Sunderland
05/10/2014: Tottenham 1-0 Saints
29/09/2014: Saints U21s 2-0 Norwich U21s
27/09/2014: Saints 2-1 QPR
23/09/2014: Arsenal 1-2 Saints
20/09/2014: Swansea 0-1 Saints
13/09/2014: Saints 4-0 Newcastle
12/09/2014: Tottenham U21s 3-2 Saints U21s
30/08/2014: West Ham 1-3 Saints
26/08/2014: Millwall 0-2 Saints
23/08/2014: Saints 0-0 West Brom
22/08/2014: West Ham U21s 1-2 Saints U21s
17/08/2014: Liverpool 2-1 Saints
09/08/2014: Saints 0-1 Bayer Leverkusen
31/07/2014: Brighton 1-3 Saints
25/07/2014: Bournemouth 0-1 Saints
21/07/2014: Swindon 0-1 Saints