Tony Pulis took issue with the decision that led to Watford’s last-gasp equaliser and also the amount of injury time Michael Oliver played after watching West Bromwich Albion denied a first Premier League win in five outings.

The Baggies were heading for a 2-1 victory over the Hornets, but deep into stoppage time the referee penalised substitute James McClean for a foul on Richarlison. Jose Holebas took the resulting set-piece and Watford’s Brazilian forward headed home to snatch a share of the spoils in dramatic fashion.

“It was disappointing,” the Baggies boss said. “The challenge from McClean is a fair challenge. He plays the ball, he’s nowhere near the player and the referee has got a great view of it. That’s two games in a row where a decision that’s gone against us has cost us a goal.

“Having said that I still think we should have been more set up to make sure they didn’t counter-attack. To leave the other side of the pitch as empty for the lad to turn from one pass and run at us was disappointing.”

Asked if he thought McClean’s reputation had a bearing on Oliver’s decision, Pulis responded: “No. I just think it’s one that’s gone against us. It’s very, very disappointing.

“The other fact is first half he played a minute over, the second he played a minute over as well. He gave 94, they actually scored in the 95th minute, so little things like that have just gone against us.”