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Posted Sat 18 Jan 14 at 16:50 PM

Grabban scores in Watford draw

Lewis Grabban scored the equaliser in a 1-1 draw with Watford just a few hours after signing a new three-and-a-half year contract.

Gabriele Angella headed the Hornets in front just before half-time, but was then sent off for bringing down Grabban inside the area on the hour mark.

The forward, who held talks over a potential move to Brighton earlier this week, converted the penalty, scoring his 11th goal of the season in the process.

But Grabban saw a second spot kick saved ten minutes later, with Manuel Almunia diving to his left and pushing away the effort from 12 yards.

The former Arsenal goalkeeper then made saves from Andrew Surman and Eunan O’Kane’s follow ups to keep the scores level.

The Cherries looked to make the most of their one man advantage in the closing stages and only a dramatic goal line clearance prevented them finding a winner.

The most significant team news from the home dressing room was that Grabban was recalled to the starting line-up, having committed his future to the club in the build-up to kick-off.

Watford created the first and arguably best chance of the first half with a swift counter attack, which ended with a tame shot from Lewis McGugan, who couldn’t beat his former Nottingham Forest team-mate Lee 

The game sparked into life ten minutes before half-time, with Cristian Battocchio and Marc Pugh both going close late on in the first half.

However, the Hornets took the lead in injury time as Angella got the decisive touch on McGugan’s inswinging free-kick.

The second half started with heavy rain and the hosts on top, and the Cherries were awarded a penalty when Grabban was brought down eight yards out. 

Referee Carl Boyeson pointed to the spot and then sent off Angella before Grabban converted the spot kick.

Charlie Daniels and Surman both narrowly missed the target as the Cherries looked to make the most of their one man advantage.

But Almunia then produced three saves in quick succession to push away Grabban’s penalty, as well as follow ups from O’Kane and Ritchie.

In the end, the scores stayed level and the Cherries settled for a point on an eventful afternoon at the Goldsands Stadium following Daniel Pudil's last minute goal line clearance.

Cherries: Camp, Francis, Elphick, Ward, Daniels, Ritchie, Arter, O’Kane, Surman (Rantie 78), Pugh (Pitman 78), Grabban.

Unused substitutes: Allsop, Cook, Harte, MacDonald, Fraser.

Booked: Ritchie, Pitman

Goal: Grabban (pen 61)

Watford: Almunia, Angella, Hall, Ekstrand, Faraoni, Battocchio, Iriney (Abdi 26), McGugan (Murray 50), Pudil, Deeney, Fabbrini (Anya 78).

Unused substitutes: Bond, Bellerin, Forestieri, Doyley, Murray, Anya.

Booked: Hall

Sent off: Angella 

Goal: Angella (45)

Attendance: 10,333 (including 1,423 Watford supporters)

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