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Cherries earn draw after frantic first-half

Bournemouth 3-3 Watford


Evens: Cathcart and Wilson

Evens: Cathcart and Wilson

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Evens: Cathcart and Wilson

Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser struck equalisers just three minutes apart as Bournemouth salvaged a madcap 3-3 Premier League draw with Watford.

Troy Deeney's early brace had Watford 2-0 to the good, before Nathan Ake and Wilson had Bournemouth level - but for less than a minute.

Ken Sema fired in from Deeney's knock-down to nudge Watford into a 3-2 lead.

The excellent Fraser's composed finish drew Bournemouth level at 3-3 before half-time, and despite a clutch of Cherries chances after the break, so the scores remained.

Four goals in six minutes lit up the tail-end of the first-half, with Deeney taking his league tally to five for the campaign and Wilson claiming his ninth for the hosts.

Despite the full-throttle goal action however, neither manager would have been happy with the draw.

Watford boss Javi Gracia would have expected his men to kick on having coasted into their early lead, while Eddie Howe is keen to nudge Bournemouth into better league form after just two wins in 11.

Deeney's two goals in 13 minutes initially appeared a worrying omen for a stunned Bournemouth, who let the Hornets run them ragged early on.

Bournemouth were always the more likely scorers after the break, but the hosts simply could not conjure a winner.

Belfast Telegraph