Pellegrino aggrieved by Watford injustice

By SFC Media time Sat 13 Jan Watford v Saints
Photo by Matt Watson | Mauricio Pellegrino

Mauricio Pellegrino admitted feeling a sense of injustice after Southampton were denied victory by a controversial equaliser at Watford.

Pellegrino’s men produced a fluid first-half performance capped by a brace from James Ward-Prowse to lead 2-0 at the interval.

Saints looked on course for three points even after Andre Gray halved the deficit, but Abdoulaye Doucouré clearly handled in scoring a cruel last-gasp equaliser for the Hornets.

“You want there to be justice for everyone, but today was an injustice for us,” said the boss.

“I thought we played a really good first half. We showed we can be dangerous in open play on the counter-attack, and in defence for most of the game we played well.

“When you are winning 2-0, you expect your opponent to play very direct and it’s something that’s difficult to defend because maybe they are a little bit better than us in this aspect.

“You have to put an extra body in front of the back four, which means you have one less body in front of them.

“We did ok – most of the time we did well because I don’t remember many chances for Watford in the second half, just long balls and some crosses.

“But we didn’t have the good luck that you need to win.”

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