Watford striker Troy Deeney admits Abdoulaye Doucoure's controversial equaliser against Southampton would not have stood if VAR was in place
- Troy Deeney admitted Watford got away with one in the draw with Southampton
- Abdoulaye Doucoure punched in a 90th-minute equaliser at Vicarage Road
- Deeney admitted the goal would not have stood if VAR was being used
- VAR has been trialled in the FA and Carabao Cups but not in the Premier League
Abdoulaye Doucoure punched in a 90th-minute equaliser to fire up the Premier League's video technology debate as Troy Deeney admitted Watford got away with one.
Doucoure converted Deeney's cross with his hand to level up against Southampton - but referee Roger East failed to spot the foul.
After the virtual assistant referee (VAR) was trialled in the FA and Carabao Cups this week, the Premier League was left lacking.
Watford's Abdoulaye Doucoure converted with his hand to make it 2-2 against Southampton
'I played the header so I didn't see it,' Deeney said last night. 'If VAR comes in we probably wouldn't get that. But today we got it.'
Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino called for Premier League chiefs to push on and try the technology after the injustice robbed his team of a first league win in 10 matches.
He also questioned why football has been left behind in adopting measures to help the game's officials.
Troy Deeney admitted the controversial goal would not have stood if VAR was being used
Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino called for Premier League chiefs to try technology
'I've never seen this type of mistake in the Premier League before,' Pellegrino said. 'To live this injustice is really hard.
'I think we have to try (VAR) and analyse if it's possible to help the sport to make better decisions, even for the referee.
'In every single team sport technology helps us to make better decicisions. Why not football? We have to try and then analyse.'
Speaking on the BBC, Sportsmail's Martin Keown commented: 'Doucoure's done a Maradona there, it's like he's gone to high-five the keeper - that's how high his hand was.'
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