Watford's Troy Deeney admits VAR would have ruled out equaliser

Watford's Troy Deeney admits VAR would have ruled out equaliser
From ESPN - January 13, 2018

Troy Deeney admitted Watford's controversial equaliser against Southampton would not have stood if a Video Assistant Referee had been in attendance.

Abdoulaye Doucoure secured a 2-2 draw for the Hornets with a blatant handball in the final minute.

The French midfielder stooped to nod Deeney's header back across goal into the net -- but the ball missed his head and he swept it home with his hand.

BBC pundit Martin Keown said Doucoure had "done a Maradona,"and even Watford skipper Deeney admitted his side were fortunate.

The new VAR system has had a fairly gentle introduction in the past week, but it would have been the centre of attention at Vicarage Road.

"If VAR had come in we probably would not get that but today we got it. It's the luck of the draw," Deeney told Sky Sports. Yet how referee Roger East and linesman Derek Eaton missed Doucoure's sucker punch was a mystery.

Saints manager Mauricio Pellegrino was remarkably restrained given the decision had cost his side a first Premier League win in 10 matches.

"My feeling is like the players, we are a little bit sad," he said. "The last goal is something that surprised me because in the Premier League the level of referees is good. It's clear (handball).

"Everybody makes mistakes but the problem is at this level you have a lot to play for so we are disappointed.


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