Troy Deeney accused Dan Gosling of “trying to do” Tom Cleverley and was also critical of referee David Coote following Watford’s frantic 3-3 draw with Bournemouth last night.

Four goals inside six minutes made the first half one for the neutrals, but after full-time both sides felt their opponents were fortunate to finish the game with all their players, as conversations focused on referee Coote's decision making, with Deeney being the most outspoken.

Firstly, Abdoulaye Doucoure's dangerous challenge on Ryan Fraser saw the Frenchman fortunate to only receive a yellow card, before a wild tackle by Gosling on Cleverley received the same punishment in the second half.

Following the game, the Hornets' captain did not hold back on what he thought of the referee's performance - and has subsequently been asked to explain his comments by the FA.

Speaking to television cameras, he said that he believed Gosling's challenge on Cleverley was intentional, before going on to further criticise Coote for not awarding Watford a penalty at the end of the match, suggesting the official “bottled it” when it came to big decisions.

He said: "You can't tell me that their boy hasn't tried to do Clevs. He knows it, they know it, hence the reason for the reaction.

"I think the referee, to be fair, bottled it on a few occasions. There's a handball right at the end, with Nate [Ake].

"I'm not one to hammer refs, you lot know that, but he bottled it on a few occasions today. Both teams should have had a man sent off."

Deeney's opinions were somewhat shared by his head coach Javi Gracia who believes both Gosling and Doucoure were fortunate to have stayed on the pitch.

However, the Hornets' boss also suggested Coote was a little coy with his cards when it came to the home side.

He said: "Doucoure was lucky, the same way Dan Gosling was lucky.

"I think there were similar fouls but there were only yellow cards for us."

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe seemed to be the only one who did not agree that Gosling and Doucoure were both fortunate to only receive yellow cards, as he stood by his midfielder in his post-match comments.

He said: "I don’t think it [Gosling's challenge] was dangerous. It's different to the Doucoure tackle and I don’t think it’s a red card.

"He hasn't got that in his game and I don't think it's the same type of challenge.

"I know Dan inside and out, he's not that type of player. That's not in his make up."

Howe also felt that Doucoure's challenge was reckless and could have caused a serious injury.

He said: "I do think it was a straight red card.

"Ryan was very fortunate not to pick up a serious injury, it's a very dangerous tackle and one you don't want to see at any level of football."