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BOURNEMOUTH v WATFORD RECAP: Missed chance for Cherries as Hornets fight for draw

AFC Bournemouth continue to mix their form in the Premier League.


Eddie Howe's Cherries drew 1-1 with fellow newcomers Watford at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday to make it two wins, two draws and two defeats in their past six top flight outings.

Glenn Murray scored his first goal for the Dorset club since joining from Crystal Palace in the summer with a 28th-minute header from a lovely Matt Ritchie cross on the striker's full debut.

The lead lasted only 17 minutes however as Hornets star Odion Ighalo scored his fifth of the season when accepting a gift from Bournemouth keeper Artur Boruc to slot home with ease on the stroke of half-time.

The home side really should have landed all three points when Etienne Capoue had been adjudged to have brought down Adam Smith late in the piece only for Murray to see his penalty wonderfully save by Heurelho Gomes in the 85th minute.

The draw leaves the Cherries in 15th position on the league table as Quique Sanchez Flores' Watford occupy 12th after recording their 10th point of the campaign.


MATCH OVERVIEW

AFC Bournemouth: 1 (Glenn Murray 28', missed penalty: Murray 85')
Watford: 1 (Odion Ighalo 45')
Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth - 11,187


TALKING POINTS

- Can Murray be an apt replacement for the injured Callum Wilson?

- Watford continue to pick up points. Can Sanchez Flores guide them to safety in his first season in England?


WHAT'S NEXT?


Bournemouth face the daunting task of taking on Manchester City at the Etihad on October 17 as Watford have an equally unenviable assignment when they host Arsenal following the international break.


TWITTER INSIGHT


QUOTES CORNER

Bournemouth boss Howe on the result:

"It's disappointing, we should have won the game and we feel we have dropped more points. The key moments in the game went against us."


Watford's Sanchez Flores on his side's showing:

"I am pleased as Bournemouth are a very tough opponent. I'm very happy with the response of my players and the performance of the team in the second half."


STATS SPECIALS
*Thanks to Opta


TEAM LEADERS

BOURNEMOUTH
Goals - Callum Wilson 5
Assists - Simon Francis 2
Clean sheets - Artur Boruc 1
Yellow cards - Five players on 2


WATFORD
Goals - Odion Ighalo 5
Assists - Troy Deeney 3
Clean sheets - Heurelho Gomes 3
Yellow cards - Four players on 2
Red cards - Valon Behrami 1

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