VAR marrs Tottenham equaliser in draw against Watford
Tottenham Hotspurs needed a late goal to get a point at home against Watford in the Premier League but was marred with VAR controversy with the wrong decision shown on the screen.
Watford Abdoulaye Doucoure swept home Daryl Janmaat’s cross for the lead but Tottenham looking to end a run of five defeats were rescued as Dele Alli rescued a point for Spurs.
After a VAR review of the goal, it was correctly awarded. However, initially, the big screen wrongly indicated a ‘no goal’ verdict with the referee pointing to the center circle.
Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino on the VAR fiasco stayed off the issue
“It’s nothing to do with us, it’s dependent on the Premier League. We don’t manage that situation. But of course, I understand that it was a little bit confusing and it was tough for Quique because he thought it was no goal. But it’s not Tottenham’s responsibility, it’s the Premier League’s responsibility and of course like everyone, maybe the guy who pressed the button made a mistake. Everyone can make a mistake”.
“The most important thing is when you check the goal, it was a goal, it came off his shoulder and I think it was legal. Nothing to say, but I can understand that for Watford, Quique and their players I feel so, so bad”.
The Spurs manager added the draw showed fight and character
“It was so important in the way that we achieved the point in the end, the team was fighting, we showed character. We have quality but when you are in this type of situation the most important thing is the character you need to show”.