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    AFC Bournemouth 1-1 Watford

    By Alex Easley
    Glenn Murray celebrates his first AFC Bournemouth start with a goal since moving from Crystal Palace.
    Heurelho Gomes earned Watford a 1-1 draw at Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon after saving a late Glenn Murray penalty.

    Murray, who was making his first start for the Cherries since moving from Crystal Palace in the summer, gave his side the lead at the Vitality Stadium before Odion Ighalo tapped home an equalizer for the visitors.

    Murray had the chance to score a second and win the game from the penalty spot seven minutes from time after Etienne Capoue brought down substitute Adam Smith, but the striker saw his shot saved by Heurelho Gomes.

    Watford move up to 11th in the table thanks to Gomes, while Bournemouth’s five points from their first four home games sees them in 15th going into the next international break.

    Eddie Howe’s team capitalised on a bright opening to go ahead through Murray, who converted a perfect Matt Ritchie cross.

    Murray was unmarked in the Watford area for the third time in the first 30 minutes, but he miscued early on before being flagged offside, but Quique Sanchez Flores’ didn’t heed the warning signs.

    The home side deserved to be ahead and were comfortable after the goal as Watford struggled to sustain any forward momentum, but a nightmarish mistake from Boruc gifted the visitors a route back into the game on the stroke of half-time.
    Glenn Murray put the Cherries 1-0 ahead against Watford,
    The Bournemouth keeper took too long on the ball, passing it straight to Ighalo under pressure from the forward before Ighalo rounded Boruc calmly and slotted the ball into the empty net.

    The match opened up in the second-half with both sides looking to win it, and Ben Watson rattled the crossbar for Watford with a half-volley from 10 yard on 51 minutes.

    It was a much improved display from the Hornets in the second period, with Ikechi Anya, who had just signed a new contract extension heavily involved.

    The winger had their next chance just after the hour mark, but Boruc smothered well after the Scotland international got in behind the Bournemouth back line for the first time.

    Anya came off with a knock on 72 minutes, and Bournemouth rallied as both sides had chances to take all three points.

    Steve Cook saw his terrific 20-yard bicycle kick brilliantly saved by Gomes, before referee Michael Oliver awarded the home side a penalty after Capoue took down Smith on 83 minutes.

    Glenn Murray stepped up, but missed his opportunity to put Eddie Howe’s side ahead, Gomes diving down to his left to comfortable keep out a weak penalty.

    Gomes’ vital late save sees Watford’s impressive away league stretch to a run of just one defeat from the last 13 matches away from Vicarage Road.
    Quique Sanchez Flores was delighted with Heurleho Gomes' man of the match performance.
    Watford head coach Quique Sanchez Flores was delighted with side’s performance, and in particular paid tribute to his goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes.

    "He [Gomes] made an amazing save in the last moment,"

    "He's been putting in high level performances all season, for us he's a very important player, and an important person in the dressing room."


    Bournemouth: Boruc, Francis, Cook, Distin, Daniels, Ritchie, Gosling, Surman, Pugh, King, Murray

    Subs used: O'Kane, Smith

    Watford: Gomes, Nyom, Prödl, Cathcart, Ake; Capoue, Watson, Abdi, Deeney, Anya, Ighalo

    Subs used: Ibardo, Paredes, Guedioura

    Man of the match: Heurelho Gomes
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