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31st March 2018- Premier League, Watford 2 AFC Bournemouth 2


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screen-shot-2016-09-12-at-23-36-22clips of Jon Marks BBC 3CR commentary   Goals: 1   2

Watford Observer

RELIVE – Watford vs AFC Bournemouth: Late Jermaine Defoe goal sees Premier League points shared

Watford let lead slip twice as Bournemouth snatch late draw

Javi Gracia reflects after Watford drop two points in Bournemouth draw

Javi Gracia pleased his options are increasing as Watford’s injury list lessens

Player ratings: Jose Holebas the villain as Will Hughes and Kiko Femenia impress against AFC Bournemouth

GALLERY: A selection of images from Watford’s draw with Bournemouth

Watford vs AFC Bournemouth: Late Jermaine Defoe tough to take, says Craig Cathcart

Will Hughes: Late AFC Bournemouth leveller takes sheen off first Watford start since December

BBC SportBournemouth boss Eddie Howe praised veteran striker Jermain Defoe for his “huge” 92nd-minute equaliser that denied Watford victory at Vicarage Road.

skyWatford 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).

TelegraphRoberto 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. 

guardianLocked 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.

BHappy imageThe 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.

FranNathan 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.

The Hornets NestThere’s no denying that this one hurts and although we haven’t lost it certainly felt like it at the time.


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31st March 2007- Premier League, Watford 0 Chelsea 1


For so long it seemed as though Chelsea’s challenge would founder at Vicarage Road after Watford battled manfully – and Kalou’s winner was a painful blow for the home team.

“You’re getting sacked in the summer,” chanted the home supporters as Mourinho paced up and down the touchline, unable to contain his frustration as Chelsea toiled against a spirited Watford side. Mourinho lost control of his emotions at one point in the second half; arguing with Boothroyd only to embrace the Watford manager later and share a joke. Abramovich appears in no mood to do likewise, even if he did manage to smile when Salomon Kalou struck.

The result leaves Watford needing a miracle, although Boothroyd has not thrown in the towel. ‘The other results haven’t helped us, but we shall try to finish the season as strongly as we can and see where it takes us,’ he said.


31st March 1986- Division One, Arsenal 0 Watford 2

The first game of the double-header against Arsenal. This game was always scheduled to be played on Easter Monday but the fixture at Vicarage Road which should have been on Boxing Day 1985 was postponed twice and eventually rearranged for 1st April meaning the sides would face each other on consecutive days.

Daily Telegraph, 1 Apr 1986
Guardian, 1 Apr 1986