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Deeney admits defending was ‘Sunday League at best’ after incredible 3-3 draw at Bournemouth

Troy Deeney has admitted that he and his Watford teammates were not happy with their defending in the entertaining 3-3 draw with Bournemouth.

A Deeney brace gave Watford a 2-0 lead before the half-hour mark at the Vitality stadium, before Bournemouth pulled level with two goals in three minutes through Nathan Ake and Callum Wilson.

A minute later, Watford’s Ken Sema restored the lead for the visitors, before Scotland international Ryan Fraser levelled the scores to make it 3-3 before the break in what was an exhilarating game of Premier League football.

The scores would remain that way for the rest of the game, and speaking afterwards, Hornets captain Deeney admitted that both sides’ defending was ‘Sunday League’ standard:

“It was an interesting game to be involved in. The defending from both teams was Sunday League at best to be honest. Both teams will look at it as points dropped.’’ Deeney told the BBC after the game.

“I didn’t feel we were fully in control. It was an end-to-end game. It could have been 6-6. As entertainers were happy, but not as professionals. The only people that are happy are the fans.

“Abdoulaye Doucoure probably did get lucky [to not be sent-off]. But you can’t tell me that their boy did not try to do Tom Cleverley. They know it. We know but the referee bottled it on a few occasions today.”

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