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Watford 0-0 Bournemouth: Hornets' winless start goes on

By Matthew HenryBBC Sport
Abdoulaye Doucoure misses chance
Abdoulaye Doucoure fired Watford's best chance over the bar after just 60 seconds

Watford are "getting closer" to their first victory in the Premier League this season, says manager Quique Sanchez Flores, despite their winless start stretching to 10 games with a goalless draw against Bournemouth.

The Hornets, who stay bottom of the table, should have taken the lead after 60 seconds but Abdoulaye Doucoure blazed over from 12 yards.

Gerard Deulofeu hit the post and had a shot well saved at the start of the second half by Aaron Ramsdale but Bournemouth also struck the woodwork twice.

Steve Cook directed a header onto the crossbar in the first half and Harry Wilson grazed the post with a free-kick late on, while Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster brilliantly blocked Arnaut Danjuma's close-range shot in the 45th minute.

The draw is Watford's third in a row but they remain without a league win since April.

"We had our chances, we did not concede goals and we had a good team spirit and this is really good for the future," Flores said.

"I think the first win is getting closer, the difference with the other teams (at the bottom) is not so big and I'm really confident for the future."

The goalless draw is Bournemouth's second in a row and means they have failed to score in their last three games.

Toothless Watford still waiting for win

Watford 0-0 Bournemouth: Watford players nervous in front of goal - Flores

The point is another to Watford's total as they try to climb the early season table but the performance once again showed they have big problems in front of goal, especially with captain Troy Deeney out injured.

Deeney watched on as his side drew a blank for the sixth time in the league this season with the Hornets failing to add to the five goals they have scored this campaign - the joint lowest total alongside Newcastle.

Doucoure and Deulofeu missed Watford's two big chances at the beginning of each half and frustration grew inside Vicarage Road as the home side failed to make the most of promising counter-attacking positions.

The only positive for Watford was the clean sheet which came thanks to Foster's good saves and a slice of luck with the two Bournemouth efforts which hit the woodwork.

The Cherries did not create many clear opportunities and since conceding eight goals at Manchester City last month, Watford have only let in three goals in four league games.

Afterwards Flores praised his side's defending but admitted his players are "nervous" in front of goal.

"Defending well is a good base, but I feel when we are in the opposition's box that the players are still a little bit nervous and they can sometimes take bad decisions," he said.

Cherries struggling for goals too

Howe frustrated with Bournemouth's lack of goals

Bournemouth dominated possession - having 60% of the ball in the match - and probably created the better chances but they have now failed to score in three consecutive Premier League games for the first time since December 2017.

Danjuma, making his first Premier League start, should have scored in the first half when he met Joshua King's cross unmarked but could not put his effort out of Foster's reach.

Striker Callum Wilson was not given any service - touching the ball fewer times than any other Bournemouth starter (17) and failing to have a shot - and his team-mates were equally ineffectual.

Ryan Fraser had a chance late in stoppage time but he was denied from a tight angle by Foster while, in the first half, full-back Diego Rico smashed a half-volley from the edge of the area on target but watched it be expertly parried away.

The point takes the Cherries to eighth but they are without a win in five games in all competitions.

"I am frustrated on one hand, but on the other hand we could have also lost the game," manager Eddie Howe said.

"Keeping a clean sheet away from home is positive, but having our third game without scoring is certainly a negative.

"We don't normally struggle to score but today at least we did not struggle to create chances."

Man of the match - Ben Foster (Watford)

Ben Foster
Foster made five saves in the match and without him Watford may well have lost

Watford's unwanted record - the best stats

  • Watford have become the first team to fail to win any of their opening 10 games in a Premier League season on two occasions, with the Hornets also doing so in 2006-07.
  • Bournemouth have failed to score in three consecutive Premier League games for the first time since December 2017, while this is the first time they've had back-to-back goalless draws in the competition.
  • Watford are winless in nine home league games - only in December 2004 (10) have they ever had a longer run without a win at Vicarage Road in league competition.
  • Watford have failed to score in a league-high six Premier League games this season.
  • There were eight yellow cards between Watford and Bournemouth today, no other Premier League match has seen more so far this season.
  • Watford's Gerard Deulofeu (2 attempts, 1 on target today) has had more shots (24) and more shots on target (10) without scoring than any other player in the Premier League this season.

What's next?

Watford play Everton in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night (kick-off at 19:45 GMT) while their next league game is against Chelsea at Vicarage Road on Saturday (kick-off at 15:00 GMT).

Bournemouth host Manchester United on Saturday in their next game (12:30 GMT kick-off).

Line-ups

Watford

Formation 5-3-2

  • 26Foster
  • 2Janmaat
  • 27Kabasele
  • 4DawsonBooked at 41mins
  • 15Cathcart
  • 11MasinaSubstituted forFoulquierat 73'minutes
  • 8CleverleySubstituted forHughesat 10'minutesBooked at 87mins
  • 14ChalobahSubstituted forGrayat 57'minutes
  • 16DoucouréBooked at 85mins
  • 7DeulofeuBooked at 77mins
  • 37PereyraBooked at 89mins

Substitutes

  • 1Gomes
  • 5Prödl
  • 6Mariappa
  • 18Gray
  • 19Hughes
  • 20Quina
  • 36Foulquier

Bournemouth

Formation 4-4-2

  • 12Ramsdale
  • 15A Smith
  • 3S Cook
  • 5Aké
  • 21RicoBooked at 73mins
  • 24Fraser
  • 8Lerma
  • 29BillingBooked at 80mins
  • 14Danjuma GroeneveldSubstituted forWilsonat 61'minutes
  • 13WilsonBooked at 65minsSubstituted forSolankeat 74'minutes
  • 7King

Substitutes

  • 1Boruc
  • 2Francis
  • 9Solanke
  • 16L Cook
  • 22Wilson
  • 26Kelly
  • 33Mepham
Referee:
Mike Dean
Attendance:
20,821

Match Stats

Home TeamWatfordAway TeamBournemouth
Possession
Home40%
Away60%
Shots
Home7
Away15
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away10
Fouls
Home14
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Watford 0, Bournemouth 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Watford 0, Bournemouth 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Christian Kabasele.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Harry Wilson.

  5. Booking

    Roberto Pereyra (Watford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Roberto Pereyra (Watford).

  8. Booking

    Will Hughes (Watford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  9. Post update

    Harry Wilson (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Will Hughes (Watford).

  11. Post update

    Harry Wilson (Bournemouth) hits the right post with a left footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

  12. Booking

    Abdoulaye Doucouré (Watford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  13. Post update

    Jefferson Lerma (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Abdoulaye Doucouré (Watford).

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Harry Wilson (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jefferson Lerma.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Craig Cathcart.

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Roberto Pereyra (Watford).

  19. Post update

    Offside, Watford. Daryl Janmaat tries a through ball, but Gerard Deulofeu is caught offside.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Diego Rico (Bournemouth).

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