Sky Bet Championship: Watford boss Sannino angry over late equaliser at Millwall
Watford boss Giuseppe Sannino wasn't surprised to see his team concede another late goal after their draw with Millwall.
Last Updated: 12/04/14 6:54pm
Lewis McGugan put the visitors ahead inside the opening 20 minutes but Steve Morison, who was introduced by Lions boss Ian Holloway at half-time, equalised.
Almen Abdi thought he had had the final say when he restored the Hornets' lead four minutes from time, but Martyn Woolford struck in the fifth minute of stoppage time to nick a point for the hosts.
The result left Watford - victims of late equalisers against both Blackburn and Burnley in recent weeks - seven points adrift of the Sky Bet Championship play-offs, and left Sannino managing expectations.
"I'm not shocked," he said. "I'm angry because it's happened again. It's happened many times. If you take away all of the stoppage time from this season, we could be much higher in the table.
"This season could be a real lesson for us, more of a learning curve for everyone, and next year we could find we've learnt a lot from this season.
"It was a tough game to come and play in. Millwall need points so it was always going to be tough, but we should have scored more in the first half when we were on top.
"What is disappointing is when you score so late yourselves and then don't go on to win the game.
"It's difficult because when we need to step up our performance for the play-offs we come up short. Today's draw leaves a big gap to the play-offs, so it's difficult."
Millwall are now unbeaten in four games and just one point from safety, although they have not managed a home win since January.
Lions boss Holloway had feared the worst when Abdi scored, but he was ecstatic to see the equaliser go in - especially given his treatment from the Watford faithful.
"I thought it was going to be one of those days," he said. "It looked like it was over, but I'm really chuffed with that result.
"It looked like 'good night' at 2-1, but the great thing about this club is that they keep fighting and I hope the fans can be as proud of the players as I am.
"I gestured 2-2 at the away fans at the end. They were giving me stick all game. I don't think I'll be sending them a Christmas card.
"If we can put a sequence together, we've got a chance. I need a strong set of players and I think we're growing. If you have got that mental capacity, you'll never surprise. Let's hope it's not too late.
"I think the nervousness has gone out of us a little bit and that bodes well for the last four games. I like the way we're applying ourselves at the moment."