Controversial Doucoure goal earns Watford a draw against Southampton

Aubrey Yates
January 13, 2018

James Ward-Prowse had scored twice in the first half before Andre Gray pulled one back - and Saints were crestfallen when Doucoure's equaliser was allowed to stand.

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.

Mauricio Pellegrino's side doubled their lead just before the interval when, after a quick counter attack, Dusan Tadic found Ward-Prowse with a slide-rule pass and the midfielder slammed home his second.

Though Marco Silva's charges fought back to earn a point.

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

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Deeney was involved in the controversial equalizer, heading the ball across the six-yard box where Doucoure arrived late to get in front of goalkeeper Alex McCarthy and push it into the net. It looked as though that would prove to be the highlight of the afternoon for home fans.

"I never see this type of mistake in the Premier League before", Pellegrino said.

- Watford have conceded 25 goals at Vicarage Road in the Premier League this season - the most of any side in home games.

- Southampton are winless in their last 10 games in the Premier League; their longest run without a win in the competition since January 2005 (also 10 games).

- Southampton conceded their 1000th goal in the Premier League following Watford's equaliser - becoming the seventh team in competition history to do so.

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