Southampton manager launches cheeky dig at Watford after controversial five-goal thriller winner

Southampton manager launches cheeky dig at Watford after controversial five-goal thriller winner

Southampton earned a last-gasp win over Watford – then landed a social media knockout.

The Saints kept their hopes of automatic promotion alive when Flynn Downes scored in the ninth minute of added time to claim a 3-2 victory over the Hornets.


Downes scored a spectacular winner in controversial fashion at St Mary’sCredit: Getty

The midfielder’s effort was controversial to say the least, not only because it came two minutes into the allotted seven minutes of added time.

With a corner whipped into the box, Downes, on loan from West Ham, appeared to control the ball with his hand before finding the back of the net.

The Watford manager wasn’t too happy with what he saw, sharing a post about the goal that read: “Goal. Southampton. Downes controls it (with what looks like his hand) and puts it past Bachmann .”

But while Watford perhaps had a right to feel aggrieved, they were certainly put in their place when the Southampton administrator simply responded with a picture from a match six years earlier.

During a Premier League match between the two clubs in January 2018, Watford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucouré saved a 90th-minute equalizer for the Hornets by using his hand to put it beyond Alex McCarthy.

Sharing the image, Southampton’s message on X garnered welcome praise from fans who loved their cheeky dig.

A fan sent a message: “Justice.”

Another supporter commented: “We truly have the best administrator,” while a third added: “And everything has become quiet there.” »

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Downes strike has revived Southampton's hopes of automatic promotion


Downes strike has revived Southampton’s hopes of automatic promotionCredit: Getty

“The admin screwed the other admin,” said this Southampton fan, while a fifth said: “The admin just made it 4-2!”

Southampton’s victory could have a huge impact on their hopes of securing automatic promotion.

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Although they still occupy fourth place in the table, Russell Martin’s team are only seven points behind the top two with five matches remaining.

Crucially, the Saints have two games in hand at Ipswich and Leeds, with a game in hand against Leicester.

With trips to Leicester and Leeds still to come in their remaining matches, victory over Watford set up an exciting end to the Championship promotion race.



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