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Gabriele Angella
Watford defender Gabriele Angella was sent off against Bournemouth after 28 seconds

Bournemouth moved clear at the top of the Championship with victory over a Watford side that played all but the first 28 seconds with 10 men.

Watford defender Gabriele Angella was sent off for a lunge on Callum Wilson, even though he was not the last man.

Bournemouth were awarded a penalty when Wilson was brought down by Craig Cathcart and Yann Kermorgant converted.

The Hornets responded positively but Matt Ritchie added a second after the break with an angled finish.

Bournemouth are now three points above Derby County, who travel to mid-table Cardiff City on Saturday.

Quickest sending offs
David Pratt, Bashley v Chippenham, 2008 - three secondsGiuseppe Lorenzo, Bologna v Parma, 1990 - 10 secondsKevin Pressman, Sheffield Wednesday v Wolves, 2000 - 13 seconds

The task for Eddie Howe's side, who drew 1-1 with Watford at Vicarage Road in September, was made easier when Italian centre-back Angella received a straight red card after he brought down Wilson.

Watford's players protested against referee Lee Probert's decision, arguing that covering defender Cathcart was the last man.

There was less disputing the penalty Probert awarded to the Cherries just after the half-hour mark when Cathcart felled Wilson inside the box.

Kermorgant elected to go straight down the middle with the spot-kick and was relieved to see the ball go past Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes.

Ritchie effectively sealed the contest 12 minutes into the second half when he struck a low shot into the net.

Line-ups

Bournemouth

  • 31Boruc
  • 2Francis
  • 5ElphickBooked at 87mins
  • 3S CookBooked at 28mins
  • 11Daniels
  • 30RitchieSubstituted forA Smithat 89'minutes
  • 6Surman
  • 8ArterBooked at 39mins
  • 7Pugh
  • 13C WilsonSubstituted forPitmanat 90+4'minutes
  • 18KermorgantSubstituted forO'Kaneat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Camp
  • 10Pitman
  • 15A Smith
  • 19Stanislas
  • 20Fraser
  • 22Ward
  • 32O'Kane

Watford

  • 1Gomes
  • 15Cathcart
  • 4AngellaBooked at 1mins
  • 31Hoban
  • 7Layun
  • 3MunariSubstituted forPudilat 45'minutes
  • 8Tozser
  • 23Watson
  • 21Anya
  • 9DeeneySubstituted forMensahat 90+3'minutes
  • 24IghaloSubstituted forVydraat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Doyley
  • 17Savic
  • 18Pudil
  • 20Vydra
  • 26Mensah
  • 30Bond
  • 32Byers
Referee:
Lee Probert
Attendance:
10,904

Match Stats

Home TeamBournemouthAway TeamWatford
Possession
Home71%
Away29%
Shots
Home18
Away14
Shots on Target
Home8
Away1
Corners
Home15
Away2
Fouls
Home10
Away6

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bournemouth 2, Watford 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bournemouth 2, Watford 0.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Bournemouth. Brett Pitman replaces Callum Wilson.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Watford. Bernard Mensah replaces Troy Deeney.

  5. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  6. Post update

    Delay in match Eunan O'Kane (Bournemouth) because of an injury.

  7. Post update

    Eunan O'Kane (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Pudil (Watford).

  9. Post update

    Adam Smith (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Pudil (Watford).

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Bournemouth. Adam Smith replaces Matt Ritchie.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Heurelho Gomes.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Eunan O'Kane.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Miguel Layún (Watford) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is blocked.

  15. Booking

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

  16. Post update

    Foul by Tommy Elphick (Bournemouth).

  17. Post update

    Matej Vydra (Watford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Tommy Hoban.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Tommy Hoban.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth).