Southampton’s attack, which mustered its first shot on target in added time, continued to stay silent as they fell 2-0 to unbeaten Watford at St Mary’s.
Abdoulaye Doucoure and Daryl Janmaat each beat Fraser Forster in similar fashion either side of the break — both down low and to the corners.
Mauricio Pellegrino tinkered with his line-up due in part to the international break and handed Wesley Hoedt his Southampton debut whilst Sofiane Boufal also started in place of Dusan Tadic.
Despite the changes, Saints have still returned just three goals through five games across all competitions. All three, however, came against West Ham.
Doucoure brought to life a rather stagnant opening half when he gathered the ball following a soft clearance, before volleying into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.
Brazilian Richarlison looked poised to make it 2-0 to the visitors just three minutes later, but his right-footed effort was deflected into the side netting.
Doucoure, who had struggled for regular action last season, nearly added to his tally after running onto Andre Gray’s flick-on only to fire high over the bar.
Southampton came to life for a 10-minute stretch nearing the hour mark without return.
Nathan Redmond was able to Sofiane Boufal into space, but the attempt from the Moroccan was blasted over, before Redmond fired into the side netting from a tight angle.
Janmaat, however, doubled Watford’s lead minutes after his introduction when a mighty strike from 35 yards out beat Forster to the bottom corner on 66 minutes.
Watford continued to control the play with Southampton trying to salvage something out of the game by throwing on Charlie Austin and Shane Long.
But neither had any great impact, and Cedric Soares forced Gomes into his first real action of the game when he stung the 36-year-old’s gloves in added time as Saints limped to the finish.
Southampton: Forster, Bertrand, Hoedt, Stephens, Cedric, Romeu, Davis (c), Redmond, Ward-Prowse (Tadic 46), Boufal (Austin 71), Gabbiadini (Long 69).
Unused subs: McCarthy (GK), McQueen, Yoshida, Lemina.
Watford: Gomes (c), Femenia (Janmaat 62), Kaboul (Mariappa 61), Kabasele, Holebas, Doucoure, Chalobah, Carrillo, Cleverly, Richarlison, Gray (Deeney 84).
Unused subs: Karnezis (GK), Success, Watson, Capoue.
Goals: Doucoure (39), Janmaat (66).