Controversial equaliser sees Watford fight back against Southampton


James Ward-Prowse took his goal tally to three goals in two games

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).

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