Sunday 9 December 2018

Mad Mazzarri snubs the handshake from Hughes

Walter Mazzarri
Walter Mazzarri

Walter Mazzarri snubbed a handshake from Mark Hughes and blasted referee Bobby Madley's display after Watford's 1-0 defeat by Stoke.

Overworked official Madley gave 38 fouls - the most in any Premier League match this season - but missed a key one when Charlie Adam shoved Valon Behrami for the winning goal. Even Adam admitted: "I think it was a foul actually, I pushed him," after his header came back off a post and went in off Hornets goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes.

Mazzarri refused Hughes' handshake at the final whistle of a bad-tempered game in which his side collected five bookings - two of which resulted in Miguel Britos being sent off in the final minute.

And the Italian said: "I was very angry at that moment. I was angry with the referee for not giving a lot of time and the decisions he gave. You have to look at the whole game; the fouls, the goal they scored and the yellow cards. Anyone can have a bad day. And this time he had a bad day."

Hughes was unimpressed after Mazzarri left him hanging on the touchline. "I'm a little disappointed," he said. "It is something maybe the foreign managers don't always do and they need reminding it is something we do over here."

Watford put in a lethargic display which was summed up when an injury to Younes Kaboul was followed by the ridiculous sight of substitute Christian Kabasele taking an age to get ready to come on, leaving his side playing with 10 men for almost five minutes.

There was a distinct air of farce about Stoke's goal as well. From Xherdan Shaqiri's 29th-minute corner, Adam's downward header struck the foot of the far post and bounced along the goal-line, hitting Gomes on the knee and rolling into the net.

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