Watford earn late draw against Southampton

Supporters held up their scarves as the players walked out onto the field on Saturday

Supporters held up their scarves as the players walked out onto the field on Saturday

- The Hornets have recovered eight points from losing positions at Vicarage Road in the Premier League this term - only Everton (9) have rescued more on home soil.

"When you are winning 2-0, you expect your opponent to play very direct and it's something that's hard to defend because maybe they are a little bit better than us in this aspect".

The south coast side were not the only Premier League club left regretting the absence of a VAR on Saturday.

Again the issue was an "unseen" handball, with Newcastle's Mohamed Diame appearing to block the ball illegally after Swansea's Mike van der Hoorn had flicked it towards goal. "Nothing, only talk about this", Swansea manager Carlos Carvalhal told the BBC.

Watford fought back after the break, with Gray nodding in and Doucoure stealing the headlines in more ways than one, leaving the visitors to wish VAR was in use. "He's got his hand up by his head - it's as clear a handball as you're ever likely to see".

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James Ward-Prowse scored Southampton's goals in the 20th and 44th minutes, with Watford jeered off by its own fans at halftime.

Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino was dismayed by what he felt was an "injustice".

"I think we have to try (VAR) and analyse if it's possible to help the sport to make better decisions, even for the referee".

Pellegrino sent on Mario Lemina as he looked to stem the tide and Southampton did initially stabilise, helping to quieten the expectant home crowd until Doucoure had the final say, turning in Deeney's header across goal and evading the attentions of referee Roger East.

"They'll feel like it's a loss", he said.

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

How does VAR work?

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

It will be used in the return leg of Chelsea's League Cup tie with Arsenal and implemented in every round of the FA Cup and some further replays, based on broadcaster TV picks and whether the host for each tie is in the Premier League.

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.

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Amid speculation some sort of VAR could be in place at this year's World Cup in Russian Federation, the problems in France included both a failure to make a referee's watch vibrate to confirm a goal had been scored and the reverse issue, when the match official's watch vibrated when the ball was held by a goalkeeper well before it had crossed the line.

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