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Summary

  1. Deeney heads Watford in front again
  2. King equalises for Bournemouth just after the break
  3. Kabasele heads in Watford's opener from a corner
  4. Gomes makes two acrobatic saves to deny Bournemouth

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By Jack Skelton

All times stated are UK

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FULL-TIME

Bournemouth 2-2 Watford

And that's your lot. A thoroughly entertaining game, the second 2-2 draw of the season between these sides but you feel neither will be satisfied.

Bournemouth have now just won one game in seven.

Watford have now gone seven Premier League games without a win.

DISALLOWED GOAL

Bournemouth 2-2 Watford

It's in from Charlie Daniels! But Lee Mason spots a handball from Steve Cook in the build-up to take the ball out of Gomes' hands.

The hosts should have no complaints about that one, pretty blatant from Cook.

Lee Mason
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Bournemouth 2-2 Watford

There's been some late drama at the Vitality this season, will there be anymore?

Crucial clearance from Janmaat on Pugh's cross. Steve Cook to launch a long throw... It results in a corner.One last chance...

Bournemouth 2-2 Watford

Four minutes of added time. Jordon Ibe tricking his way down the right and finding Callum Wilson with the cross but he heads wide.

SUBSTITUTION

Bournemouth 2-2 Watford

An attacking change for the visitors now as Odion Ighalo comes on for Abdoulaye Doucoure. Is there a winner here? Not long of normal time to go.

SUBSTITUTION

Bournemouth 2-2 Watford

Craig Cathcart is on for Christian Kabasele, who limps off in agony and anger.

GOAL - Bournemouth 2-2 Watford

Benik Afobe

Crucial goal for Eddie Howe and Bournemouth.

Christian Kabasele is down injured for Watford but the Cherries play on, Andrew Surman threads a brilliant ball through for Benik Afobe to run on to and the substitute makes no mistake, tucking it into the bottom corner.

Watford will protest about the player down, but it wasn't a head injury and the hosts were within their rights to play on.

Afobe
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SUBSTITUTION

Bournemouth 1-2 Watford

Final roll of the dice for Bournemouth - Marc Pugh is on for Ryan Fraser.

Bournemouth 1-2 Watford

It's just not quite happening for the hosts, this time Kaboul standing strong to stop the ball reaching a well-placed Benik Afobe.

Kitchen sink time for the Cherries, they have to throw everything at this one.

YELLOW CARD

Bournemouth 1-2 Watford

Younes Kaboul tries too hard to delay the game though as he boots the ball away in the corner and he's shown a yellow card by Lee Mason for time wasting.

Bournemouth 1-2 Watford

Watford don't look too flustered out there at the moment. They're happy to shepherd this win to the final whistle.

SUBSTITUTION

Bournemouth 1-2 Watford

Double substitution for the hosts - Joshua King is replaced by Benik Afobe and Jordon Ibe is on for Junior Stanislas.

Two attacking replacements - can they make the difference?

Bournemouth 1-2 Watford

Moving towards the final 15 minutes of this game - any way back into it for Bournemouth?

Plenty of possession and nice ideas as Steve Cook curves the ball across the box but no-one is one the end of it again.

Bournemouth 1-2 Watford

Desperation from Joshua King as his shot from long-range is so off target it goes out for a throw.

YELLOW CARD

Bournemouth 1-2 Watford

Jose Holebas goes into the book - his 10th caution of the season.

He'll now miss the FA Cup tie with Millwall and a Premier League game against Arsenal.

Bournemouth 1-2 Watford

You feel for Tyrone Mings out there, any time Watford apply some pressure, the centre back seems to cede possession or give away a corner. 

Bournemouth 1-2 Watford

When Barack Obama was inaugurated as US President in 2009, Bournemouth were 23rd in League Two.

They started today 11th in the Premier League.

The Cherries have come a long way but need to come back from a goal down again in this game.

GOAL - Bournemouth 1-2 Watford

Troy Deeney

Bournemouth. Defending. Yikes.

It's another corner, curled right under the nose of Artur Boruc but despite the attentions of the goalkeeper and three Cherries defenders, it's Troy Deeney who gets the decisive touch, his glancing header finding the net.

Nice finish. Dire defending.

Deeney
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SUBSTITUTION

Bournemouth 1-1 Watford

Daryl Janmaat enters the fray for the first time since picking up a groin injury on Boxing Day.

Striker Stefano Okaka is the man to come off. A shift in formation for the visitors - Janmaat goes to the right side of midfield.

Bournemouth 1-1 Watford

Another decent potential opening for Bournemouth as Joshua King is slipped in but Watford get two men across in time to squeeze the ball out for a throw.

Fraser is almost in shortly after but Younes Kaboul is alert and Daniels' cross is fired well over.

Bournemouth 1-1 Watford

Another corner for the hosts but it's all a bit scrappy as King can't sort his feet out in the area and Watford hack it long.

CLOSE!

Bournemouth 1-1 Watford

A flurry of activity here - first Bournemouth want a penalty for handball against Doucoure but Lee Mason is having none of it. Didn't look intentional. 

Moments later Ryan Fraser works himself free on the left, cutting on to his right foot and forcing Gomes into a save, with the ball flashing across the face of goal.

Corner to Bournemouth but nothing doing as Watford eventually clear.

Bournemouth 1-1 Watford

Bournemouth and composed defending are utterly foreign to each other right now. This time Adam Smith skies an attempted clearance straight up, forcing Artur Boruc to punch away.

CLOSE!

Bournemouth 1-1 Watford

Well it was all Bournemouth but that defence still opens up when pushed.

This time it's Holebas cutting inside on to his supposedly weaker right foot before unleashing a powerful effort that Boruc needs to touch around the post.

It may have been going wide anyway but the Cherries keeper needed to make sure.

Bournemouth 1-1 Watford

Tide. Turned. Bournemouth well on top now and the home crowd a lot more vocal.

King is down briefly but back on his feet now.

GOAL - Bournemouth 1-1 Watford

Joshua King

A lovely goal from the Cherries and the perfect start to the second half.

Adam Smith drifts in from the right, bursting clear of the Watford defence to square the ball for Joshua King to steer in to the empty net.

Brilliant from Smith. King couldn't miss. Only his second goal in 15 Premier League appearances but a crucial strike.

Joshua King
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Bournemouth 0-1 Watford

Bournemouth get an early corner... but it's poor from Stanislas and doesn't beat the first man.

KICK-OFF

Bournemouth 0-1 Watford

We're back under way at the Vitality Stadium.

Bournemouth 0-1 Watford

Bournemouth had 60% possession in that first half, making over 100 more passes than Watford.

But that counts for little if you continue to be as shaky in defence as Bournemouth have been here.

Bournemouth 0-1 Watford

Bournemouth 0-1 Watford

A strange half in many ways. The Cherries on top in the early stages before their defensive frailties came back to haunt them, conceding a needless corner, that led to a sloppy goal.

Watford hadn't threatened much before that but then grew in stature and caused plenty of panic, if little end product, in the Bournemouth box for a while.

But Eddie Howe's side looked the better team again towards the break. 

It's all set up for an intriguing second half.

Eddie Howe
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HALF-TIME

Bournemouth 0-1 Watford

Stanislas has a fairly tame effort that Gomes easily holds just before the break.

Gomes shouts for his team to push up, revealing a fetching green mouthguard.

And that's the half-time whistle.

Bournemouth 0-1 Watford

Agonising for Andrew Surman as he just fails to get his shot away when free in the box.

More neat interplay between Wilshere and Stanislas on the edge of the area opens Watford up as the ball is slipped towards Surman, but he can't connect.

Bournemouth 0-1 Watford

The hosts are looking much better again now, controlling possession and looking for that opening.

GREAT SAVE!

Bournemouth 0-1 Watford

Another acrobatic tip over from Gomes, similar to the first save. This time it's Junior Stanislas driving at the Watford defence, his cross deflected up and looping in, only for Gomes to extend a limb and scoop it over.

Perhaps poor positioning in the first instance from Gomes but he makes up for it in some style.

Bournemouth 0-1 Watford

Holebas goes full-Delap with a long throw from deep, Watford sensing that the hosts will panic under any high ball in the box.

Steve Cook does his best to prove them right, slicing his clearance straight up in the air, the ball eventually coming to Holebas again, whose cross is headed clear by a Bournemouth head this time.

Bournemouth 0-1 Watford

Simon Francis is sitting out the third of his three-game ban for that red card against Arsenal.

Nathan Ake is back with parent club Chelsea.

Marc Wilson is out with a hamstring injury.

There are three decent factors behind Bournemouth's recent defensive woes, but they'll still feel there are no excuses for how shaky they look at the back.

Bournemouth 0-1 Watford

Tyrone Mings needs to breathe here, this time handing the ball straight to Tom Cleverley who spins his strike, bending towards the left-hand post but there's not enough swerve on it to trouble Artur Boruc.

Not too far away from a first goal on his first start for Cleverley.

Bournemouth 0-1 Watford

Bit of penalty-box pinball in the Cherries' area, which suits Watford and seems to send the hosts into a tailspin.

The ball drops Bournemouth's way this time though as they block a couple of scuffed Watford efforts.

Bournemouth 0-1 Watford

Jack Wilshere hit the same post twice at Vicarage Road in October - and that's about the closest he's come to scoring for Bournemouth since joining them on loan.

This attempt is not close, however, blasting it well over from 25 yards out.