Mark Hughes bemoans referees decision

first_imgSouthampton manager Mark Hughes has criticised the decision-making of referee Simon Hooper after his side’s controversial 1-1 draw with Watford at St Mary’s on Saturday.The Saints were 1-0 up thanks to Manolo Gabbiadini’s first-half goal when Charlie Austin thought he had doubled their advantage with a deflected strike midway through the second half.However, Mr. Hooper wrongly chalked it off after consulting his assistant on the sideline.“We should not be a test bed for new referees because unfortunately the likes of ourselves, Watford, will always get the referees who are learning their trade,” Hughes revealed to Sky.“There is no way that the referee today was going to be given the Manchester derby for proper reasons. But it is still just as important to us, so where do we go with it?“The only thing we can console ourselves with is they have held their hands up and said they made a mistake.Ralph HasenhüttlHasenhuttl wants Saints to be aggressive against Watford Obinna Echi – April 22, 2019 Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has demanded more urgency and aggressiveness from his players when they play Watford on Tuesday night.The Saints were dispatched by Ayoze Perez hat-trick…“But it is two points that we dearly needed and the consequences of a poor performance from them all, I have to say, then we have not got the points we deserved from the performance.”“And unfortunately that has cost us, in my view, the game because clearly at that point we have got into what we believe is a 2-0 situation where we are leading the game and there is about a quarter of an hour left.“At that point at 2-0, we would clearly have just seen the game out and won the game. As it was, it got chalked off and emotionally we have maybe exerted a little bit of energy and then all of a sudden Watford are encouraged and it changes the game.“So all we ask of the officials and all we ever ask from myself as managers, coaches, players, is that they get the match-defining moments, the ones that have a direct bearing on the result, right.“And unfortunately today they did not.”last_img

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