Controversial goal baffles Boothroyd

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Watford manager Adrian Boothroyd admitted that he had "never seen anything like it" after watching his side go behind to an incredibly controversial goal in the 2-2 Coca-Cola Championship draw with Reading.

Reading took the lead in the 13th minute when linesman Nigel Bannister farcically flagged for a goal instead of a corner after the ball crossed the goal-line wide of the goal following a challenge between John Eustace and Royals striker Noel Hunt.

Boothroyd said: "I've never seen anything like it. It's like a UFO landing a mistake like that."

"I've been to see the referee and in fairness he's only going on what the linesman says. He's working in a team and if someone comes in his ear telling him it's a goal then I suppose he's got to give it," he added.

"I thought it was a goal-kick. What do you say to that? It was a strange sort of feeling because I was trying to calm my team down and get them going but all I could think was 'what was that for?'"

"But these things supposedly even themselves out. So by the time I get to Fergie's age you won't believe how much luck I will be getting."

Steve Coppell admitted that he had no idea why the goal had been given and again called for video evidence to be brought into the game.

He said: "The game is crying out for video evidence and it has been for a long time.

"It's obvious. Rugby League puts us to shame with how referees can call for replays.

"I was in the stand at the time and I haven't seen it since. But when the whistle went I wondered what it was for as I couldn't see a foul."

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