Watford 1-3 Southampton: Danny Ings double keeps Hornets in trouble

Danny Ings is the second top scorer in the Premier League this season with 18

Danny Ings scored twice as Southampton deservedly beat Watford, who remain in deep relegation trouble after another uninspired performance.

Ings curled home the opener from 20 yards following Will Smallbone’s pass.

And he blasted home a second – his 18th Premier League goal of the season – after controlling Ben Foster’s poor throw before surging towards the box.

Watford were bereft of ideas going forward and did not manage a single shot on target.

They did score when Jan Bednarek turned a cross into his own net – but their hope of a comeback was brief as three minutes later James Ward-Prowse’s brilliant free-kick settled the game.

Watford, who have only won once in their past 11 games in all competitions, remain one point above the bottom three.

Saints manager Ralph Hasenhuttl said his side were not “100% safe” before kick-off but they now move to 40 points, 13 clear of the bottom three, surely ending any tiny bit of doubt.

Watford need to improve – and quickly

Watford’s preparations for the game were not helped by the omission of Andre Gray, Nathaniel Chalobah and Domingos Quina, with the club saying it was “to ensure the health and safety of all players, staff and officials”.

It came after Gray reportedly