McCarthy: Penalty Decision Probably Fired Us Up

Last updated : 08 February 2004 By Mad Reporter
Defender Phil Babb's second half tackle on Watford striker Heidar Helguson was clearly outside the box but referee Mr Probert pointed to the spot and Neil Cox scored from the penalty to put Watford two goals up with just 22 minutes to play.

However, Marcus Stewart pulled a goal back from a corner and then Darren Byfield celebrated his debut by hitting the equaliser after 86 minutes.

"I thought we started very well," McCarthy said after the 2-2 draw.

"Ray Lewington was going mad next to me but then Watford scored a goal and could very well have had a second.

"They had plenty of shots and played extremely well but once we went two goals down to what should not have been a penalty I couldn't see us getting a point.

"I didn't think it was a foul, let alone in the box.

"Yet in a way it fired us up and we got a couple of goals back.

"I didn't think it was a fortunate point but we didn't deserve all three. I would have taken them though!"