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Posted Sat 01 Oct 16 at 16:55 PM

Report: Watford 2-2 AFC Bournemouth - Wilson and King on target in Vicarage Road draw

AFC Bournemouth were forced to settle for a share of the spoils against Watford at Vicarage Road.

The Cherries twice took the lead. In the first half Callum Wilson headed home Junior Stanislas’ cross which was cancelled out after the interval by Troy Deeney.

Substitute Joshua King fired Bournemouth into the lead before Isaac Success immediately drew the hosts level once again.

And despite plenty of chances and striking the woodwork on three separate occasions, there was to be no Bournemouth winner.

Having secured a return to winning ways a week earlier against Everton, Eddie Howe named the same starting line-up at Vicarage Road. The only change to the matchday 18 was on the bench, where King returned from injury in place of Lys Mousset.

The first sight of goal came within 60 seconds. Etienne Capoue hooked a ball forward to Odion Ighalo, who in turn dragged a left-footed shot harmlessly across the face of goal.

Bournemouth’s first effort on goal came on 13 minutes. Wilson won a free-kick after some persistent work down the left, with Junior Stanislas’ set piece pawed over the bar by Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes.

In truth, the game was somewhat scrappy early on. Other than a yellow card for Jack Wilshere for a miss-timed challenge in the middle of the park and a wayward Jose Holebas shot from distance, there was little to report.

Wilshere knitted together a couple of tidy passages of play for the Cherries, but goalmouth action was at a premium.

But on the half-hour Bournemouth were in front.

Neat interplay down the right culminated on Stanislas seeing a cross deflected into the area. Wilson reacted quicker than the yellow shirts around him, darting to the near post to power a low header under the body of Gomes from six yards out.

Prior to the interval, Artur Boruc was forced into a smart double save by Nordin Arabat before Andrew Surman skewed an effort over the bar after more good work from Wilson.

Early in the second half the hosts applied pressure. Sebastian Prodl headed wide from a set piece before Watford then drew level.

From a throw in down the right, Amrabat escaped the attentions of Charlie Daniels before pulling back from the byline for Deeney who made no mistake from close range.

But within minutes of the goal Bournemouth were almost back in front. Wilshere danced around a flurry of Watford defenders before seeing a low effort from the edge of the area come back off the outside of the post.

Back up the other Boruc scrambled a Deeney header away, as both sides upped the ante in search of a second goal.

And on 62 minutes the second goal duly arrived for Bournemouth.

King, who only minutes early had come on in place of Jordon Ibe, slalomed around Valon Behrami and infield from the right, before letting fly with shot from 25 yards that deflected off Younes Kaboul and into the bottom corner. 

But the lead was short-lived. 

Another substitute, Success, met a free kick from the left with a header that looped over Boruc and into the far corner to level the scores once again.

After a cagey opening half, the game transformed into end-to-end stuff, as once again both sides went in search of another goal. 

Wilshere was so close to handing the Cherries the lead, as he steamed onto the end of a Smith cross at the back post, but when well placed, once again struck the woordwork. The Cherries were denied by the woodwork yet again late on as Stanislas looped a sumptuous 20-yard free kick off the bar.

It was a tense finale, but the Cherries were made to rue their missed opportunities as it finished in a draw at Vicarage Road.

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