This season, Welshman took only one league victory, and additional questions will be asked for his suitability for the role during the upcoming international break.
The first goal of Manol Gabbiadini in the season looked like releasing pressure on Hughes on Saturday, but Watford – enjoying his best start in the season of the best season – hit decisive delays.
Holbrook's effort was discarded past Alec McCarthy to give Hornets a share of gas and prolong Saints' victories in eight league games.
Watford was punished for some early missions after 20 minutes when Danni Ings chose Roberto Pereira's corner pocket, and the loose ball falls to Gabbiadini to slide past Ben Foster's 12 meters.
Gerard Deulofeu was rejected by McCarthy from a serious angle only after half an hour before Foster made a great stop in his legs to prevent Stuart Armstrong's 10-meter effort.
Watford was supposed to have a sentence just an hour ago when Ryan Bertrand collapsed Nathaniel Chalobah, but Austin was convinced he had put 20 minutes of full time work out of the result, only because of the discouraged effort to shut down after Maia Ioshida – achieved no contact with the ball – entered the offside position.
The importance of this decision was made eight minutes after the Holebas strike shifted McCarthy's past from Cedric Soares to draw Watford's level.
It could be even worse for Southampton – and Hughes – but McCarthy's corner-breaker reflects on safety from the cross-bar in the final stages, which means they stay out of the bottom three by goal.
What it means? Hughes is under serious pressure
The dismissal of Vice President Les Reede in Southampton this week led to pressure on Hughes. The failure to win the second Premier League victory in the season could mean that former head of Stoke Citia is no longer in a hot spot after an international break. Watford's impressive start in the season continues, in the meantime, Javi Gracia will be disappointed that they have not caught all three points in the final stage.
Gabbiadini earns his chance
In her second season of the Premier League, the 26-year-old showed a cold head to play under Foster because of what was so close to being the decisive goal for his side.
Deulofeu's dissolution is almost costly
He was lively at an early stage but would destroy two occasions when he shot right at McCarthy. Had he scored, Hornets could take all three points in Hertfordshire.
Key Facts Opta
– Southampton lost only one of their last 11 matches against Watford in all competitions (V5 D5).
– The Saint failed to win any of their first six home at home in one league season in the first four levels of English football for the first time.
– Watford failed to keep a clean sheet in 11 of the last 12 games in the Premier League.
– Manolo Gabbiadini scored his first goal in the Premier League at St. Marie from October 2017 to Nevcastle, 391 days ago.
– Southampton's open goal was first in the Premier League, who was not in a white one 615 minutes after Pierre-Emile Hoybjerg rose in September against Brighton and Hove Albion.
Southampton will give up this late strike when they visit other Fulham colleagues after an international break, while Grazia's side welcomes Liverpool to Vicarage Road.