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From Emlyn Begley
Dele Alli rescued a late point for Tottenham to deny visitors Watford a first Premier League win of this season amid video helper (VAR) confusion.
Together with the hosts desperately seeking a way back Hornets keeper Ben Foster flapped together with Alli, at an cross.
The assistant referee decided it and reviewed the purpose was correctly given. The huge display, however, suggested that the decision wasno purpose. After a spell of hardship, the goal stood.
For large intervals before Allis intervention, it had appeared like the side of Mauricio Pochettino were planning to suffer a fifth defeat in six matches.
Watford, who dropped Danny Welbeck to an hamstring injury, took the lead once Abdoulaye Doucoure swept the cross of home Daryl Janmaat.
Plus they had a penalty appeal turned down by referee Chris Kavanagh – along with the VAR – when Jan Vertonghen brought down Gerard Deulofeu.
But, their wait for a first Premier League win proceeds despite coming agonisingly close and they remain bottom.
Watford will feel hard done by following more VAR controversy.
It seemed like they should have had a penalty when 1-0 up in the first half since Vertonghen leg brought Deulofeu from the box down.
The VAR decided Spurs escaped rather than awarding a punishment, Chris Kavanagh had not made a error. Just oneconclusion was changed from the VAR in the Premier League all season – like offside together using reversals down to factual events.
It seemed as if the Hornets had been supplied a reprieve when the big screen statedno goal from the equaliser of Alli – though Kavanagh made apparent the goal had burst.
Players are not permitted to touch the ball before scoring with their arms – accidentally – under the new laws. It was decided, however, the goal should stand with all the call that was marginal deeming the ball had come Allis shoulder off.
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