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Bournemouth v Watford - Story of the Match

Substitute Benik Afobe snatched a point for Bournemouth as they twice came from behind to draw 2-2 against Watford.

The visitors looked on course for a first win in seven matches after Troy Deeney headed them in front, but Afobe climbed off the bench to bail out the Cherries eight minutes from time.

Bournemouth, smarting from back-to-back defeats by Millwall and Hull, had fallen behind to Christian Kabasele's header before Joshua King pegged Watford back shortly after half-time.


STAR MAN Heurelho Gomes. Watford's Brazilian keeper was a doubt for the match with a back injury but you would not have known it as he twice sprung backwards to keep out looping Bournemouth efforts as well as pulling off some other fine saves.

MOMENT OF THE MATCH Adam Smith did his best to wrestle Troy Deeney to the floor but Watford's burly skipper was not for moving as he nodded in Tom Cleverley's corner for his 101st goal for the Hornets.

MOAN OF THE MATCH For a player who likes to shoot so often Jack Wilshere really should score more goals. The England midfielder saw one effort palmed away by Gomes and skied another over the crossbar, but has yet to find the net for the Cherries this season.



Artur Boruc 5 (Out of 10)

Adam Smith 6

Steve Cook 5

Tyrone Mings 6

Charlie Daniels 6

Junior Stanislas 7

Andrew Surman 6

Jack Wilshere 6

Ryan Fraser 7

Joshua King 7

Callum Wilson 6


Jordon Ibe (for King, 74) 6

Benik Afobe (for Stanislas, 74) 7

Marc Pugh (for Fraser, 81) 6


Heurelho Gomes 8

Younes Kaboul 6

Sebastian Prodl 6

Miguel Britos 7

Christian Kabasele 7

Tom Cleverley 8

Abdoulaye Doucoure 6

Etienne Capoue 6

Jose Holebas 7

Stefano Okaka 5

Troy Deeney 7


Daryl Janmaat (for Okaka, 62) 6

Craig Cathcart (for Kabasele, 85) 6

Odian Ighalo (for Doucoure, 88) 5

Who's up next

Bournemouth v Crystal Palace (Premier League, Jan 31)

Millwall v Watford (FA Cup, Jan 29)

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