Back to the bogey ground for Saints

10:49am Friday 24th February 2012

By Adam Leitch

SAINTS head to Watford tomorrow aiming to improve on a truly appalling record at Vicarage Road.

Nigel Adkins’ men could really do with a victory as fellow automatic promotion rivals West Ham and Birmingham both have home games.

But Saints head to Herfordshire looking for only their second ever win at Vicarage Road in 91 years!

Watford’s home stadium is one of the club’s biggest bogey grounds.

In twenty league and cup visits, Saints have lost 12 and drawn seven.

Their only ever victory came in March 1988 when defender Kevin Moore’s goal gave Chris Nicholl’s side victory.

Japanese international striker Tadanari Lee could be handed his first Saints league start tomorrow.

He replaced Billy Sharp against Derby at St Mary’s last weekend, and scored his first Championship goal for the club.

Now he will be hoping that has won him a place alongside Rickie Lambert as Saints look to keep the pressure on leaders West Ham.

They will certainly be looking to avoid some of the embarrassing results that have characterised recent visits to Vicarage Road.

Saints were thumped 5-2 by their lower division hosts in a League Cup tie during Steve Wigley’s miserable time in charge in 2004, while they were beaten 3-2 during Watford’s Premiership relegation season of 1999/2000.

Saints were also thumped 3-0 there in George Burley’s first game in charge on Boxing Day 2005.

But the biggest humiliation came in September 1980 when Watford, then in the second tier, humbled top flight Saints 7-1 in an amazing League Cup second round second leg tie.

Lawrie McMenemy’s men had won the first leg 4-0 at The Dell, but were stunned by Graham Taylor’s Hornets a week later.

Watford had won six successive league and cup games against Saints prior to their visit to St Mary’s earlier this season.

But Saints ended that particular run with a 4-0 romp, Lambert converting two penalties before Guly and Lee Homes completed the rout.

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