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Controversial equaliser sees Watford fight back against Southampton

James Ward-Prowse scores against Watford

Abdoulaye Doucoure bundled home a controversial 90th-minute equaliser as Watford fought back from 2-0 down to draw with Southampton.

Doucoure used his right hand to divert Troy Deeney's header past Alex McCarthy from close range to snatch a point for the Hornets.

Two goals from James Ward-Prowse had given the Saints a 2-0 lead at half-time as they looked to be on course to end a run of nine Premier League games without a win.

But Watford came out stronger in the second half, largely thanks to the introduction of captain Deeney at the break.

They pulled a goal back two minutes before the hour mark as Andre Gray followed up to head home after McCarthy turned Daryl Janmaat's shot onto the crossbar.

And Doucoure's late intervention meant the game finished all-square.

More to follow

What's next?

Watford travel to Leicester City on Saturday (15:00 GMT), while Southampton have an extra day to prepare for the visit of Tottenham (16:00 GMT).

The pair will meet again later this month in the fourth round of the FA Cup, this time at St Mary's on 27 January (15:00 GMT).

Line-ups

Watford

  • 1Gomes
  • 2Janmaat
  • 13Wagué
  • 27Kabasele
  • 22Zeegelaar
  • 16Doucouré
  • 23WatsonSubstituted forDeeneyat 45'minutes
  • 28Carrillo
  • 8CleverleySubstituted forPereyraat 35'minutes
  • 11Richarlison
  • 18GraySubstituted forOkakaat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Prödl
  • 6Mariappa
  • 9Deeney
  • 25Holebas
  • 30Karnezis
  • 33Okaka
  • 37Pereyra

Southampton

  • 13McCarthyBooked at 81mins
  • 2SoaresBooked at 90mins
  • 5Stephens
  • 6Hoedt
  • 21Bertrand
  • 14RomeuBooked at 79mins
  • 23HøjbjergBooked at 31mins
  • 16Ward-ProwseSubstituted forSimsat 90+3'minutes
  • 11TadicBooked at 87minsSubstituted forBoufalat 90+2'minutes
  • 8DavisSubstituted forLeminaat 63'minutes
  • 7Long

Substitutes

  • 18Lemina
  • 19Boufal
  • 20Gabbiadini
  • 26Pied
  • 35Bednarek
  • 39Sims
  • 44Forster
Referee:
Roger East
Attendance:
20,018

Match Stats

Home TeamWatfordAway TeamSouthampton
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home16
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Watford 2, Southampton 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Watford 2, Southampton 2.

Foul by Daryl Janmaat (Watford).

Mario Lemina (Southampton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Southampton. Josh Sims replaces James Ward-Prowse.

Substitution

Substitution, Southampton. Sofiane Boufal replaces Dusan Tadic.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Christian Kabasele.

Booking

Cédric Soares (Southampton) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Watford 2, Southampton 2. Abdoulaye Doucouré (Watford) with an attempt from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Troy Deeney with a headed pass.

Booking

Dusan Tadic (Southampton) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Marvin Zeegelaar (Watford).

Shane Long (Southampton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Christian Kabasele (Watford).

Shane Long (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Hand ball by Marvin Zeegelaar (Watford).

Foul by Molla Wagué (Watford).

Dusan Tadic (Southampton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Booking

Alex McCarthy (Southampton) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Oriol Romeu (Southampton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Stefano Okaka (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Oriol Romeu (Southampton).

Attempt missed. Stefano Okaka (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Troy Deeney with a headed pass.

Abdoulaye Doucouré (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Oriol Romeu (Southampton).

Foul by Stefano Okaka (Watford).

Wesley Hoedt (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Troy Deeney (Watford).

Jack Stephens (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Daryl Janmaat (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a set piece situation.

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Stefano Okaka replaces Andre Gray.

Abdoulaye Doucouré (Watford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Southampton).

Attempt missed. Andre Gray (Watford) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Daryl Janmaat with a cross.

Attempt missed. Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Southampton) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Ryan Bertrand.

Roberto Pereyra (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mario Lemina (Southampton).

Foul by Troy Deeney (Watford).

Oriol Romeu (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) because of an injury.

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