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Watford 1-1 Bournemouth

By Ian WoodcockBBC Sport
Craig Cathcart
Cathcart's goal was his first for Watford since a summer move from Blackpool

A late goal from Craig Cathcart denied Bournemouth a surprise victory at Watford.

Ian Harte missed an early penalty for the Cherries after Gabriel Tamas fouled Callum Wilson.

Watford, looking for a fourth successive Championship win at home, fell behind to Harry Arter's wonderful 30-yard effort.

But Cathcart, a first-half substitute for the injured Tamas, levelled with a fine low volley.

The Hornets were missing boss Oscar Garcia for the second successive match after he was admitted to hospital last Sunday with minor chest pains. The former Brighton manager is expected to leave hospital on Saturday.

In Garcia's absence the team were taken by assistant coach Ruben Martinez.

Harte broken
Ian Harte scored his first professional goal for Leeds United against Derby County in August 1996. The 37-year-old defender has scored 77 career goals.

The hosts were also without striker and captain Troy Deeney after he picked up a hamstring injury in Tuesday's 1-0 win at lowly Blackpool.

Watford would have gone top with a win but it was the Cherries who could have taken the lead in the first five minutes.

Wilson's pace and power took him away from Tamas only for the Romanian to bundle him to the floor in the area. Harte put his penalty wide of Heurelho Gomes' post to let the Hornets off.

Eddie Howe's side came into the match without a win in five league games but continued to threaten a shaky-looking Watford backline and Wilson's header forced a fine save from Gomes just before the break.

Watford had scored 10 of their 14 Championship goals after half-time but it was the visitors who made the brighter start to the second half with Andrew Surman forcing a low save from Gomes before Wilson was flagged for offside as he tucked away the rebound.

The Hornets were keenly feeling the absence of Deeney and it was little surprise when they eventually fell behind in the 63rd minute, though the goalscorer was perhaps a little more unexpected. Arter's fantastic long-range effort was the midfielder's first goal since 1 March.

The goal sparked Watford into life and Scotland international Ikechi Anya thought he should have had a penalty when he tangled with Simon Francis in the area.

Cathcart's low volley beat Cherries debutant keeper Artur Boruc, signed on loan from Southampton this week, to level the scores in the 83rd minute.

Both teams pushed on for a winner but were forced to settle for a draw.

Watford assistant Ruben Martinez:

(On missing manager Oscar Garcia) "I think that goal will have cheered him.

"He's much better. He is due to come out either this evening or tomorrow morning.

"We are pleased with the result because we played against a good team who have been working with their coach and players for two years, and for us it's difficult as we have been here for two weeks, and we are without Oscar."

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe:

"It's another game which we are bitterly disappointed not to have taken three points from. It's the story of our short season so far, but if we continue to perform like that we will get a lot more points.

"The finish was out of the top drawer and gave our keeper no chance. But when you miss a penalty, and then take the lead and put in such a good display defensively, not to win is difficult to take."

Line-ups

Watford

  • 1Gomes
  • 6Ekstrand
  • 17TamasSubstituted forCathcartat 32'minutes
  • 14Paredes
  • 18Pudil
  • 8TozserBooked at 68mins
  • 22AbdiSubstituted forIghaloat 73'minutes
  • 16Murray
  • 21Anya
  • 20Vydra
  • 23DyerSubstituted forForestieriat 57'minutesBooked at 85mins

Substitutes

  • 3Munari
  • 10McGugan
  • 11Forestieri
  • 15Cathcart
  • 19Fabbrini
  • 24Ighalo
  • 30Bond

Bournemouth

  • 31Boruc
  • 3S CookBooked at 67mins
  • 14Harte
  • 2Francis
  • 5ElphickBooked at 90mins
  • 19StanislasSubstituted forPughat 73'minutes
  • 32O'Kane
  • 6SurmanBooked at 68mins
  • 8ArterBooked at 70mins
  • 30RitchieSubstituted forA Smithat 88'minutes
  • 13C WilsonBooked at 87mins

Substitutes

  • 1Camp
  • 7Pugh
  • 10Pitman
  • 11Daniels
  • 15A Smith
  • 18Kermorgant
  • 20Fraser
Referee:
Oliver Langford
Attendance:
14,320

Match Stats

Home TeamWatfordAway TeamBournemouth
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home12
Away12
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home5
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Watford 1, Bournemouth 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Watford 1, Bournemouth 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Andrew Surman (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Smith.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Joel Ekstrand (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Sean Murray.

  5. Booking

    Tommy Elphick (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Tommy Elphick (Bournemouth).

  7. Post update

    Matej Vydra (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Odion Ighalo (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Fernando Forestieri.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Bournemouth. Adam Smith replaces Matt Ritchie.

  10. Booking

    Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Callum Wilson (Bournemouth).

  12. Post update

    Craig Cathcart (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Booking

    Fernando Forestieri (Watford) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

  14. Post update

    Hand ball by Fernando Forestieri (Watford).

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Matej Vydra (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ikechi Anya.

  16. Goal!

    Goal! Watford 1, Bournemouth 1. Craig Cathcart (Watford) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner following a set piece situation.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Callum Wilson (Bournemouth).

  18. Post update

    Ikechi Anya (Watford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  19. Post update

    Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Fernando Forestieri (Watford).