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Steven Davis denied late winner for handball by Nathan Redmond in clash with Leicester

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Highlights of the Carabao Cup fourth-round match between Leicester and Southampton

Highlights of the Carabao Cup fourth-round match between Leicester and Southampton

Southampton boss Mark Hughes insisted on getting it wrong after Steven Davis was denied a final winner in his Carabao Cup clash at Leicester.

The Saints substitute thought he had scored in 82nd minute of Tuesday's fourth-round tie, but referee Roger East disapproved the goal for a handball by Nathan Redmond in the build-up as the ball deflected on his hand and in Davis' path.

Leicester went on to win 6-5 on penalties to set up a quarter-final match against Manchester City, but Hughes insists the decision was wrong, despite being available in the Carabao Cup ties this season.

"We've had a perfectly good goal," he said Sky Sports.

"It does not matter if it's judged by video or by the referee. The referee, in fairness to him, actually said if it was not for VAR, he would have given it as it happened so quickly

"I am an advocate of VAR, I have to say, but sometimes when you slow things down, deliberate handball looks like a little bit more easy to spot."

Mark Hughes was left frustrated at The Power Power Stadium

Mark Hughes was left frustrated at The Power Power Stadium

The incident came just over a fortnight after Southampton striker Charlie Austin made a vociferous plea for VER to be used in the Premier League after Watford.

"In recent weeks, we have demanded it be done immediately, so we can not complain too much," Hughes added in his post-match press conference.

"But if the guys behind the screen looking at a situation slow it down to nth-degree, then something that is not deliberate in real time then deliberate when it is not.

"From our point of view, it is a valid goal that should have stood and we should have won the tie. I suppose the system is the better it will get."

Goalkeeper Danny Ward is mobbed by his Leicester team-mates after their penalty-shoot-out win

Goalkeeper Danny Ward is mobbed by his Leicester team-mates after their penalty-shoot-out win

However, Leicester manager Claude Puel joked that he is a fan of the technology after it helped make his side in the Carabao Cup.

"After this game, I wish we had VAR all the time," he said.

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