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RELIVE – Watford vs AFC Bournemouth: Late Jermaine Defoe goal sees Premier League points shared
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GALLERY: A selection of images from Watford’s draw with Bournemouth
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Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe praised veteran striker Jermain Defoe for his “huge” 92nd-minute equaliser that denied Watford victory at Vicarage Road.
Watford were hard done by but had only themselves to blame, having earlier blown Kiko Femenia’s 13th-minute opener when Jose Holebas needlessly handballed in the box, allowing Josh King to equalise from the spot (43).
Roberto Pereyra put the home side back ahead and they protected that lead impressively until injury time, when they finally succumbed by failing to clear a free-kick and allowing the ball to bounce for Defoe.
Locked together in mid-table, both sides could reach the 40-point mark with victories on Saturday, when Watford are at home to Burnley and Bournemouth host struggling Crystal Palace.
The cast list revealed a return to 4-2-3-1 and most significantly the much-discussed-amid-awkward-shuffles-of-the-feet benching of the long-since wrung-out Richarlíson with Will Hughes starting behind Troy.
Nathan Aké started for the visitors, I know that I am not the only Watford fan who is still very disappointed that he didn’t sign for us instead.
There’s no denying that this one hurts and although we haven’t lost it certainly felt like it at the time.