Southampton can feel very hard done-by after only managing a 1-1 draw at home to Watford at St. Mary’s Stadium.
Manolo Gabbiadini had put Southampton ahead in the first half, and should have gone two ahead in the second-half were it not for an erroneous decision by the assistant.
Maya Yoshida was ruled offside for Charlie Austin’s goal despite not being involved in the play, before Watford equalised in the final ten minutes through a Jose Holebas goal to take home a point.
Southampton manager Mark Hughes criticised referee Simon Hooper, citing his lack of match experience in his post-match interview:
“It is not good enough, the performance of the referee. All we want in a game is the key match-defining moments to be correct. It is a skill, a talent and a referee has to have that or they won’t be at this level. The ref today is a little inexperienced.”
Ruing the disallowed goal, Hughes spoke about how such a huge decision completely changed the game for Southampton.
“At 2-0 the game is over. It is unfortunate and a bad mistake. He admitted it on the pitch. I mean for goodness sake, he needed a bit of help. These decisions affect what we are trying to do here.
“People will say they should have had a penalty, it doesn’t matter. Our keeper could’ve saved it. Our goal went in and was ruled out. At 2-0 we could manage the game out, the momentum when the goal was chalked off went to them.”
Charlie Austin went on an incredible rant live on television in the aftermath of the decision, calling it a “joke”.
Saturday’s disallowed goal is bound to stick in the craw of Southampton players and fans for quite some time as it means the team have still not won a league game since September 1st.
Southampton are now 17th in the Premier League.