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Southampton 1-1 Watford

 Published on: 11th November 2018   |   By: Jake Levison   |   Category: Watford FC

Jose Holebas grabbed a late equaliser for Javi Gracia’s men as Watford left St Mary’s with a share of the spoils this afternoon.

Manolo Gabbiadini put the home side ahead after twenty minutes, but the Greek left back ensured the Saints’ run without a Premier League win continued with his deflected equaliser eight minutes from time.

Watford had started the brighter of the two sides and might have taken the lead after four minutes but Gerard Deulofeu dallied on the ball in the penalty area.

Southampton gradually took a foothold in the game and the Italian striker swept the home side in front after 20 minutes when a Bertrand corner was only half-cleared.

Captain Ryan Bertrand was lucky not to be dismissed early in the second half after a cynical foul on Abdoulaye Doucoure in the first 45 minutes.

The game was tinged with controversy with Watford furious not to be awarded a second half penalty following Ryan Bertrand’s challenge on Nathaniel Chalobah while Southampton striker Danny Ings also had a goal ruled out for offside.

Speaking to the BBC after the game, Southampton striker Charlie Austin said the officials had cost his team three points.

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