IAN Holloway has laughed off his two-fingered salute to Watford fans.
The Lions boss was subjected to abusive chants from the away end throughout Saturday's clash at The Den but had the last laugh when Martyn Woolford hit a last-minute equaliser.
Holloway then gestured to the 1,369 Hornets supporters at the final whistle – but insisted he had simply been signalling the final scoreline.
While Holloway pointed out that his hand was turned the 'polite' way round, he admitted: "I knew what I was doing."
He added: "I said it was '2-2' because they were calling me something that you should not be called. Is that tongue in cheek? Of course it is.
"I used the same hand twice. Is there anything wrong with that?"
Holloway suspects Watford fans are still sore from their defeat to his Crystal Palace side in the Championship play-off final last year
"It must be sour grapes. I did my job and they didn't like it," he said.
"I have never done anything else against them, so that must be it. How narrow-minded are they? Any chance of saying 'well done'? It's just rubbish.
"That is what I don't like about football. You should be gracious in defeat, so if that's what they want to do just because I managed to beat them then they can jog on.
"I just don't understand it – Watford fans are meant to be nice people.
"I don't know who they were in the away end and I won't be sending any of them a card at Christmas, but I don't really care because we got a vital point.
"They were lucky to be 2-1 up in the first place.
"I don't think a ground should be allowed to sing something like that, not with young people in the crowd.
"If I'm going to get in trouble, I do apologise, but my excuse is '2-2' and I probably should have turned my hands the other way. I knew what I was doing though.
"If people can't see the funny side of that…the fourth official did, he was laughing his head off! If I've offended anybody I don't care because they've offended me by screaming at me.
"It was not a lewd gesture at all – it was the score. How finicky are we getting if you can't have a little bit of banter?
"Was I fighting with their dugout? Do I bring the game into disrepute? I don't think so, I think I make the game a nicer place to be.
"It is a bit of banter, we needed the points and I'm still jovial. I got a point, they got a point, so what's wrong with that?
"What's last year got to do with anything? Oh well, I enjoyed my day.
"If Mr Mourinho can run the length of the pitch and shout some instructions into someone's ear, and I can't gesture the score to some Watford fans, then it's a bit silly, isn't it?"