The points were shared between Watford and Bournemouth, as some wasteful finishing saw the match finish 0-0 at Vicarage Road on Saturday.
- Watford 0 Bournemouth 0
- Ighalo wasteful for Watford
- Gomes unbeatable in goal
There were no goals in the first half despite the best effort of Watford striker Odion Ighalo, who had two of the better chances early in the first half, while there was also some controversy when Benik Afobe was unfairly flagged offside.
There were further chances in the second half for both sides, but goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes was the hero on multiple occasions for Watford, producing a string of fine saves to keep the Hornets in the game, and ultimately earning them a point.
Watford striker Odion Ighalo carved out the first opportunity of the match in just the second minute, picking up the ball around the halfway line and charging through the opposition half and forcing Cherries goalkeeper Artur Boruc into a fine save early on.
The Nigerian forward was at it again in the ninth minute, latching onto a cross from Juan Paredes to blast a low effort just wide of Boruc’s goal.
Benik Afobe had a good reason to feel aggrieved with the linesman when he was flagged offside in the 28th minute. Joshua King had played him in with a through ball, and he had timed his run well, but play was brought back when the linesman erroneously raised his flag.
King had a great chance early in the second period when Matt Ritchie went marauding down the right wing and whipped in a cross, but King could only blast well wide of goal as he met it on the volley.
Max Gradel must have thought he had scored in the 54th minute when he was put through on goal and looked to find the bottom corner, but Miguel Britos got back to make an excellent clearance, hacking it over the crossbar.
Hornets goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes was called into action on the hour mark when some neat play from the Cherries ended with Harry Arter having a pop from long range, but the Brazilian got across quickly to swat it away.
Ighalo then found another chance at the other end, but this time the big Nigerian was extremely wasteful. Nordin Amrabat did brilliantly to create the opportunity and set it up for the forward, but he couldn’t keep his header down.
Gomes came to the rescue twice in a row around the 80-minute mark, the first when a deflection saw the ball fall into the path of Dan Gosling, but poor control from him allowed the Brazilian to claim it. A minute later and he had to get down low to keep Gradel’s close-range header out.
With the match winding down Gomes had one more save in his locker, somehow preventing Gradel’s deflected shot from looping over him to earn his side a point.