Controversial equaliser sees Watford fight back against Southampton

Southampton star Alex Mc Carthy insists Mauricio Pellegrino’s job is in safe hands

Mauricio Pellegrino insists that the manner of the mistake made by officials late on in Southampton's 2-2 draw against Watford is something he has "never seen before".

Meanwhile at Vicarage Road, Watford's Doucoure used his hand to score Watford's dramatic late equaliser - an incident that BBC Final Score pundit Kevin Kilbane called "an absolute disgrace".

VAR had been given a quiet debut in an FA Cup tie at Brighton & Hove Albion on Monday and a League Cup semi-final between Chelsea and Arsenal on Wednesday but it still resulted in much debate about how effective the trial had been.

But Andre Gray's 58th-minute goal handed Watford a lifeline, which they grabbed with both hands as Abdoulaye Doucoure netted in stoppage-time to snatch a share of the spoils.

However, it is still some way off from appearing in the Premier League.

Nine Premier League games without a win for Mauricio Pellegrino has seen the Argentine tipped as the next managerial casualty, but his side got off to the ideal start with Ward-Prowse handing them some breathing space in the opening half. "It's the luck of the draw", said Deeney. If VAR comes in we probably wouldn't get that but today we got it.

Yet Saints manager Mauricio Pochettino was still able to express his disappointment in measured terms.


"The last goal is something that surprised me because in the Premier League the level of referees is good".

"From the bench it is more hard to see but the referee and the linesman are closer".

"I understand Southampton are unhappy like I was not one time, more than one time when the mistake is against us".

The draw - and a win for West Brom - left Swansea still at the foot of the Premier League table, four points behind 17th-placed Bournemouth.

"My assistant says it's a very clear penalty and a red card also, so it's another decision that creates something important but what can we do? Nothing, only talk about this", said Carvalhal.

Unfortunately for Southampton, they aren't being used in the Premier League.

He said; "Watford's last-minute equaliser would have been ruled out in a matter of seconds by the VAR system - it was a clear handball".

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