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Furious Watford boss Mazzarri blanks Mark Hughes and aims blast at ref after Stoke loss

Watford 0 Stoke City 1

By Paul Burrows

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, 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.

And the Italian said: "I was very angry at that moment with the referee and the time he gave at the end. I went into the dressing room and gave Mark my hand. I forgot in that moment.

"But I was angry with the referee for not giving a lot of time and the decisions he gave. 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.

"It was an emotional game and I think he was a bit emotional afterwards. I've shaken hands with him since."

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.

Hughes added: "I thought we were good value at the end.

"Charlie Adam was excellent. I'd have to see the goal again before I can say if it is right or not, but the key thing from our point of view is that it is a winning goal."

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