Doucouré hands Watford controversial late draw to deny Southampton

For a team shorn of form and under gripping pressure to avoid the kind of defeat that would drag them into trouble, Watford needed a helping hand from somewhere – anywhere – to ease their predicament as they trailed to Southampton in the 90th minute. Salvation came with a suspicion of handball as Abdoulaye Doucouré appeared to bat in a late equaliser.

A happy ending for Watford was far from on the cards at half time as Southampton bounced off the pitch with a solid and deserved 2-0 advantage. Mauricio Pellegrino looked dumbstruck as he took in the late blow.

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