A scrappy own goal settled a bad-tempered game as Stoke City FC won 1-0 at Watford Football Club in the Premier League on Sunday.
A header from Charlie Adam came back off the post and cannoned off Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes’ legs into the net in the 29th minute.
Referee Bobby Madley gave 38 fouls - the most in any Premier League match this season - but missed a key one when Adam shoved Valon Behrami before the header.
“I think it was a foul actually, I pushed him,” Adam said.
Watford Football club manager Walter Mazzarri refused a handshake from counterpart Mark Hughes at the final whistle of a game in which his side collected five bookings. Two of them resulted in Miguel Britos being sent off in the 90th minute after the defender received a second yellow card for tugging back Xherdan Shaqiri.
“I was very angry at that moment with the referee and the time he gave at the end,” Mazzarri said. “I went into the dressing room and gave Mark my hand. I forget in that moment.
“But 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,” Hughes said. “It is something maybe the foreign managers don’t always do and they need reminding it is something we do over here.
“Mind you, British managers are in a minority these days so maybe we shouldn’t expect it. It was an emotional game and I think he was a bit emotional afterwards. He needed to be reminded, and I’ve shaken hands with him since.”
Despite Stoke City FC being depleted by injuries to Ryan Shawcross and Glenn Whelan as well as a suspension for Joe Allen, the patched-up side was still too much for lethargic Watford.
Stoke climbed up to 10th place, two places and two points behind Watford.