Padraig Whelan

James Ward-Prowse sets sights on breaking Matt Le Tissier record

James Ward-Prowse took his free-kick tally to five for Southampton with his late strike to sink Watford on Saturday evening.

He pounced from a sweetly-struck dead ball in the closing stages to beat the Hornets and ultimately lead to Quique Sánchez Flores’ dismissal.

That now has him closing in on Saints legend Matt Le Tissier’s record of seven free-kicks for the club.

Speaking about that possibility, the 25-year-old revealed that it is something that is on his mind.

“I’ve spoken to him a few times about it and he’s backed my to beat it,” Ward-Prowse admitted, quoted by the Southern Daily Echo.

“It is nice to have that in the back of my mind.

“But more importantly, the free-kick meant that we won the game. That’s what is most important above any records.

“This can be a season-changing week and if we win one or two more then we’re in striking distance of where we want to be.”

Southampton’s win over Everton has moved them to within two points of Everton in 17th.