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Southampton played out a 1-1 draw with Watford at St. Mary’s on Saturday, with the Premier League strugglers robbed of a perfectly good goal by a poor offside decision from the officials.

Manolo Gabbiadini had opened the scoring for Saints in the first-half, courtesy of his first home Premier League goal in over a year.

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The hosts thought they had taken the lead just after the hour-mark, when Charlie Austin fired home from inside the box.

However, after a significant delay, and while Austin and his team-mates were celebrating, ref Simon Hooper disallowed the goal after wrongly thinking the ball had gone in off Maya Yoshida, who was in an offside position.

The decision would prove crucial in the game, with Jose Holebas nabbing a late equaliser for Watford to give the visitors a share of the points.

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After the game, an outraged Austin didn’t hold back in front of the cameras…

Can’t blame him, really!

The draw sees Mark Hughes’ side in 17th spot, kept out of the drop-zone by goal difference only.

Watford, on the other hand, go seventh.


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Alan Duffy