Watford 2-2 Bournemouth: Cherries snatch draw

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  • Teams level on 37 points
  • Bournemouth have won most points from losing position
  • Femina, Pereyra with goals for Watford

Watford and Bournemouth drew 2-2 in an open, entertaining game at Vicarage Road on Saturday.

The Hornets thought they were close to sealing a fourth-straight home win for the first time ever in the Premier League but Jermain Defoe equalized in stoppage time to grab a point for comeback experts Bournemouth.

Watford twice went ahead through Kiko Femina and Roberto Pereyra but Bournemouth equalized through Josh King‘s penalty kick and Defoe’s late goal.

Both Watford and Bournemouth have 37 points with the Cherries in 10th place in the table and Watford in 11th.

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Bournemouth should have gone ahead early on with two great chances. First up, Nathan Ake headed over the bar when he should have done better against the club he was once on loan at.

Moments later Karnezis denied Junior Stanislas who dribbled towards goal but his curling effort was superbly saved.

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Bournemouth were made to pay for those misses soon after, as Watford took the lead with a quick free kick. Abdoulaye Doucoure played a ball to Jose Holebas who crossed into the box and Femina’s volley deflected in. 1-0.

Watford almost doubled their lead soon after as Femenia found Will Hughes and his shot hit Troy Deeney and went wide, but soon Holebas was to be Watford’s villain.

A shot from Stanislas was saved but the loose ball was then inexplicably slapped away by Holebas’ hand at the back post and King scored the resulting penalty kick to make it 1-1. Game on.

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Moments after the restart Watford took the lead as an attack down the left found Hughes in the box and he laid the ball back to Pereyra who had a low shot take a slight deflection to make it 2-1.

Bournemouth responded well to going behind and had plenty of the ball with substitute Jermain Defoe having his header saved and the Cherries pushing hard for an equalizer.

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That equalizer came in stoppage time as Defoe got on the end of Ake’s flick and finished calmly to send Bournemouth’s traveling fans wild.