Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Doucoure grabs contentious equalizer for Watford in EPL

Doucoure grabs contentious equalizer for Watford in EPL

Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino has called for the introduction of VAR in the Premier League following the "injustice" of his side's 2-2 draw with Watford.

"My feeling is like the players, we are a little bit sad", he said.

"This is one of the situations VAR will in the future say "clear penalty" - it will be clear".

Swansea felt they should have been awarded a first-half penalty in a 1-1 draw at Newcastle that left the Welsh club rooted to the foot of the table.

Speaking on the BBC, Sportsmail's Martin Keown commented: 'Doucoure's done a Maradona there, it's like he's gone to high-five the keeper - that's how high his hand was'.

'I played the header so I didn't see it, ' Deeney said last night.

"I won't speak to the referee. Southampton desperately needed this win, and the officials have robbed them - it's really poor".

It was missed by referee Roger East, though, and the goal stood to see Watford complete a dramatic comeback, the Hornets having been 2-0 down at half-time.

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Had Southampton preserved their one-goal lead it would have been their first Premier League win in 10 matches. To live [with] this injustice is really hard. I think we have to try the technology because in every single team sport the technology helps us to make better decision and why not football.

The home side were trailing to two James Ward-Prowse goals but substitute Troy Deeney rallied his bedraggled teammates and set up a goal for Andre Gray and then Doucoure's controversial leveller.

He confessed: "Southampton will feel like it's a loss".

"If VAR had come in we probably wouldn't get that but today we got it".

How does VAR work?

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson was satisfied with how officials handled Glenn Murray's late victor as Brighton progressed to the fourth round of the FA Cup in what was the first competitive game in England to have the technology available.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte and Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger questioned aspects of VAR after their goalless draw but their criticism was based on technical matters surrounding its use rather than the concept of the system itself.

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