Watford 2-2 Southampton

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

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

The midfielder broke the deadlock after 20 minutes as Southampton sought revenge for September's 2-0 loss to the same opponents at St Mary's Stadium.

A sheepish Marco Silva, the Watford boss, admitted: "I don't need to talk about the goal".

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 James Ward-Prowse handing them some breathing space in the opening half.

Cape Town - A controversial stoppage-time goal saw Watford overturn a two-goal deficit to secure a 2-2 draw with Southampton at Vicarage Road on Saturday.

Troy Deeney was introduced at the interval, marking his return to league action after a four-match ban following his dismissal against Huddersfield Town last month. But for long ball, second ball, they've got strong players and every single action is risky.

Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino has come under fire
GETTY Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino has come under fire

A long ball found Daryl Janmaat in the area and he crashed a shot off the crossbar.

Molla Wague then mistimed his jump when well positioned to connect with substitute Roberto Pereyra's delivery as Watford continued to turn the screw.

The Southampton players ended up surrounding the referee after Doucoure's 90th minute leveller, which was the 1000th league goal that the Saints had conceded in the Premier League era.

Southampton protested long and hard to referee Roger East but to no avail, with a draw leaving them just one point above the relegation zone. It is their longest winless run since the 2008-09 season under Joe Kinnear and also Alan Shearer (eight games).

- Dusan Tadic recorded his 27th Premier League assist for Southampton in this game - only Matt Le Tissier (64) has made more for the Saints in the competition.

The case for VAR was strengthened following Watford's extremely dodgy goal against Southampton.

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