Watford's Bachmann claims Downes apologised for winning goal
Source: Dailyecho

WATFORD goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann claimed Flynn Downes "apologised" to him for how he scored Southampton's winner.

The West Ham loanee netted only his second goal for the club in the 99th minute of Saturday's 3-2 win.

The Hornets dugout were incensed as only a minimum of seven minutes of added time had been signalled by the fourth official.

Downes also appeared to handle the ball as he controlled and turned in a corner delivery from substitute Ryan Manning.

The result meant Saints moved within eight points of Championship leaders Ipswich Town but left the visitors distraught.

Speaking after the match, Bachmann said: "We're a little bit heartbroken and I'm baffled honestly.

Daily Echo: Daniel Bachmann spoke to club media after the matchDaniel Bachmann spoke to club media after the match (Image: PA)

"Football obviously relies on mistakes or there are no goals but that's a tough one to take.

"Flynn Downes came up to me after, apologised and just said 'You know, you would do the same in our situation or any situation'.

"It's just a tough one. The time as well, it was two minutes over the added time and there were no stoppages or anything so it's baffling.

"There is a handball and I am lost for words because it is so clear and obvious," he continued.

"And the red card on Ryan Porteous - it's close to assault, to be honest, he's (Sekou Mara) done the Haymaker on him.

"We can be proud of ourselves for coming from two goals down and a terrible start. It is a fantastic reaction and we've limited their chances.

"We can be a lot better as well. We have shown character, but we know quality-wise that we can be better."

On his interaction with Downes, Bachmann added: "I went up to him and said, 'Come on mate, what are you doing?'

Daily Echo: Flynn Downes and Saints celebrate a crucial winFlynn Downes and Saints celebrate a crucial win (Image: Stuart Martin)

"He went, 'Sorry mate, you would do the same'. He has got a point with what he is saying. They are trying to win a football game.

"They are in a promotion race. They will do everything they can to win, and this weekend they have gotten away with that.

"They are a good team and there is no denying that. They keep the ball well and they seem like a great group of lads.

"I have nothing against them whatsoever. It is just a tough one to take for us."