Abdoulaye Doucoure saved the day for Watford with a controversial last-gasp leveller to share the spoils.
The Hornets looked to be heading for another defeat when Troy Deeney headed the ball to Roberto Pereyra allowing Doucoure to put the ball into the back of the net on the 90th minute- even if referee Roger East seemed to fail to spot the possibility of a hand ball.
Reuters Abdoulaye Doucoure secured a point at the death for Watford in controversial fashion Reuters The Frenchman appeared to handle the ball as he knocked it past goalkeeper Alex McCarthy Reuters James Ward-Prowse produced a precise finish through a number of bodies to break the deadlock on 21 minutes Getty Images – Getty James Ward-Prowse then doubled the advantage moments before half time
This should have been a day to remember the good old days at Vicarage Road on the first anniversary of the death of legendary manager Graham Taylor.
But the Hornets were unable to take inspiration from the fans' tributes in the stands.
Manager Marco Silva is now on thin ice having lost seven of their last eight Premier League games – especially given the Watford owners are hardly known for their patience.
He opted to stick skipper Troy Deeney, available for his first league outing since a four-match ban having also scored on his comeback in the FA Cup victory over Bristol City last weekend, on the bench.
Getty Images – Getty Southampton stars mob Ward-Prowse after he bagged his second Getty Images – Getty Ward-Prowse was also on target during last week's FA Cup win at Fulham
Instead he chose Andre Gray as his lone striker. Deeney though did come on at half time to replace Ben Watson.
These two sides shared the unwanted distinction of being the Premier League's bottom two in the form table with Southampton coming into this match without a win in their last nine.
But it was the visitors who took the lead after 21 minutes, Dusan Tadic flicking the ball on to James Ward-Prowse after intercepting a pass from Shane Long.
Wesley Hoedt floated the ball from 45 yards seven minutes later only for Watford keeper Huerelho Gomes to tip it over.
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