Watford Earn late Draw with a Seeming Handball

Saturday 1439/4/26 - 2018/01/13
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Watford, Rabi'II 26, 1439, Jan 13, 2018, SPA -- Watford came from 2-0 down to earn a draw with Southampton but the Saints felt they had been robbed of the victory by what they saw as a clear late handball goal from Abdoulaye Doucoure, Reuters reported.
The Southampton players ended up surrounding the referee after Doucoure's 90th minute leveller. The Frenchman had stooped to meet Troy Deeney's headed pass but appeared to use his hand to divert the ball past Southampton goalkeeper Alex McCarthy.
James Ward-Prowse had earlier struck twice in the first half, in the 20th and 44th minutes, as Southampton looked set to end their dismal nine-match winless streak.
Yet lacklustre Watford brought on their totem Deeney at halftime and roused themselves after the break, Andre Gray heading home in the 58th minute before the late drama surrounding the home side's equaliser.
In the week that VAR was trialled in English football in FA Cup and League Cup ties, Doucoure's goal looked set to reignite the debate about the need for the technology to be used in the league to prevent similar incidents.
Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino was dismayed by what he felt was an "injustice."
-- SPA
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