A RAGING Charlie Austin slammed “ridiculous” refereeing in an extraordinary interview after Southampton were denied just their second win.
Austin’s late strike was disallowed by referee Simon Hooper as Maya Yoshida was adjudged to have been offside.
Charlie Austin gave a furious post match interview after Southampton were denied a win[/caption]
Watford scored a late equaliser through Jose Holebas leaving Saints sitting just above the relegation zone on goal difference.
Austin fumed to Sky Sports: “It’s ridiculous, they shouldn’t be in the game.
“We scored a perfectly good goal that was ruled out for offside. The officials cost us two points. They said it was offside, that is a joke.
“People go on about VAR, they clearly need help. If this is the best, most-watched league in the world then give them all the help they need. It is a joke.
Austin described a decision to disallow his goal as ‘ridiculous’[/caption]
Austin’s goal would have seen Saints get their second win of the season[/caption]
“Sure there are many positives, we worked hard, we deserved three points and we would have got that had we not been let down by the official.
“We feel like we have been let down. I started well, worked hard to be up 1-0 at half-time and we stuck to the plan.
“We didn’t get beat but we should have gotten away with three points going into the international break.
“The performance was there, we can take that away and we should manage the game. I’m angry is what it is, we should have won 2-0.”
Austin called for the introduction of VAR in the Premier League[/caption]
Hooper adjudged Austin’s goal to have been offside[/caption]
Austin raged at referee Simon Hooper at St Mary’s[/caption]
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Manolo Gabbiadini had given Southampton the lead as Mark Hughes’ side looked for just their second win of the season.
Their last home win came in April and Saints are hovering dangerously above the relegation zone.
Watford, meanwhile, are now seventh in the Premier League table.
Holebas’ goal was his second of the season with Javi Gracia’s side preventing a fifth defeat of the season.