Watford 2 Southampton 2: Abdoulaye Doucoure scores controversial late equaliser for Hornets with his hand

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Abdoulaye Doucoure saved the day for Watford with a controversial last-gasp leveller to share the spoils.

The Hornets looked to be heading for another defeat when Troy Deeney headed the ball to Roberto Pereyra  allowing Doucoure to put the ball into the back of the net on the 90th minute- even if referee Roger East seemed to fail to spot the possibility of a hand ball.

 Abdoulaye Doucoure secured a point at the death for Watford in controversial fashionReuters Abdoulaye Doucoure secured a point at the death for Watford in controversial fashion  The Frenchman appeared to handle the ball as he knocked it past goalkeeper Alex McCarthyReuters The Frenchman appeared to handle the ball as he knocked it past goalkeeper Alex McCarthy  James Ward-Prowse produced a precise finish through a number of bodies to break the deadlock on 21 minutesReuters James Ward-Prowse produced a precise finish through a number of bodies to break the deadlock on 21 minutes  James Ward-Prowse then doubled the advantage moments before half timeGetty Images – Getty James Ward-Prowse then doubled the advantage moments before half time

This should have been a day to remember the good old days at Vicarage Road on the first anniversary of the death of legendary manager Graham Taylor.

But the Hornets were unable to take inspiration from the fans' tributes in the stands.

Manager Marco Silva is now on thin ice having lost seven of their last eight Premier League games – especially given the Watford owners are hardly known for their patience.

He opted to stick skipper Troy Deeney, available for his first league outing since a four-match ban having also scored on his comeback in the FA Cup victory over Bristol City last weekend, on the bench.

 Southampton stars mob Ward-Prowse after he bagged his secondGetty Images – Getty Southampton stars mob Ward-Prowse after he bagged his second  Ward-Prowse was also on target during last week's FA Cup win at FulhamGetty Images – Getty Ward-Prowse was also on target during last week's FA Cup win at Fulham

Instead he chose Andre Gray as his lone striker. Deeney though did come on at half time to replace Ben Watson.

These two sides shared the unwanted distinction of being the Premier League's bottom two in the form table with Southampton coming into this match without a win in their last nine.

But it was the visitors who took the lead after 21 minutes, Dusan Tadic flicking the ball on to James Ward-Prowse after intercepting a pass from Shane Long.

Wesley Hoedt floated the ball from 45 yards seven minutes later only for Watford keeper Huerelho Gomes to tip it over.

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