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Bournemouth 3-3 Watford: Draw after goal crazy first period

Ryan Fraser

Bournemouth and Watford took a point each from an exhilarating contest that saw all six goals – including five in an astonishing 13-minute spell – scored in an extraordinary first half.

Both clubs started the game with an identical record of just two victories from their last 10 games.

And after kick-off was delayed by 15 minutes following an incident in the East Stand, the sides’ defensive weaknesses led to a staggering end to the first half.

The Cherries twice recovered a two-goal deficit and then levelled again after Ken Sema’s strike to peg the visitors back to 3-3.

Troy Deeney’s textbook header from Sema’s cross gave the Hornets the lead and the striker then grabbed his 117th goal for the Hornets when he lifted the ball over Cherries keeper Asmir Begovic after Gerard Deulofeu was tackled by Steve Cook.

But Bournemouth hit back thanks to Ryan Fraser’s free-kick deliveries, with Nathan Ake nodding in after visiting keeper Ben Foster brilliantly parried from Dan Gosling and then Callum Wilson looping in a header to bring the hosts level.

It took Watford just 85 seconds to restore their lead though, Sema collecting a Deeney knock-down to drive a left-foot shot into the corner from 20 yards.

However, that advantage lasted just over a minute as Fraser steered a right-foot shot into the bottom corner after Josh King’s dummy.

The result lifts Watford up to eighth while Bournemouth remain 12th.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Bournemouth

  • 27Begovic
  • 19Stanislas
  • 3S Cook
  • 5Aké
  • 11Daniels
  • 20Brooks
  • 4GoslingBooked at 60mins
  • 8Lerma
  • 24FraserSubstituted forMoussetat 82'minutes
  • 13WilsonSubstituted forIbeat 81'minutes
  • 17King

Substitutes

  • 1Boruc
  • 6Surman
  • 9Mousset
  • 10Ibe
  • 18Defoe
  • 21Rico
  • 26Mings

Watford

  • 26Foster
  • 21Femenía
  • 6Mariappa
  • 15Cathcart
  • 25HolebasBooked at 89mins
  • 16DoucouréBooked at 29minsSubstituted forCleverleyat 56'minutes
  • 29CapoueBooked at 50mins
  • 12SemaSubstituted forHughesat 71'minutes
  • 37Pereyra
  • 7DeulofeuSubstituted forSuccessat 90'minutes
  • 9DeeneyBooked at 33mins

Substitutes

  • 1Gomes
  • 3Britos
  • 8Cleverley
  • 10Success
  • 11Masina
  • 19Hughes
  • 20Quina
Referee:
David Coote
Attendance:
10,261

Match Stats

Home TeamBournemouthAway TeamWatford
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home25
Away11
Shots on Target
Home12
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away2
Fouls
Home9
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Bournemouth 3, Watford 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bournemouth 3, Watford 3.

Foul by Lys Mousset (Bournemouth).

Etienne Capoue (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lys Mousset (Bournemouth).

Adrian Mariappa (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Isaac Success replaces Gerard Deulofeu.

Charlie Daniels (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gerard Deulofeu (Watford).

Booking

José Holebas (Watford) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Craig Cathcart.

Attempt blocked. Steve Cook (Bournemouth) header from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by David Brooks with a cross.

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Craig Cathcart.

Attempt saved. Jefferson Lerma (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt blocked. Charlie Daniels (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Offside, Watford. Troy Deeney tries a through ball, but Gerard Deulofeu is caught offside.

Nathan Aké (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Troy Deeney (Watford).

Attempt saved. Joshua King (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lys Mousset.

Attempt missed. Gerard Deulofeu (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Troy Deeney.

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Lys Mousset replaces Ryan Fraser.

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Jordon Ibe replaces Callum Wilson.

Attempt saved. Dan Gosling (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Junior Stanislas (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Joshua King (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Nathan Aké.

Attempt missed. Jefferson Lerma (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by David Brooks.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Will Hughes replaces Ken Sema.

Delay in match Troy Deeney (Watford) because of an injury.

Hand ball by Joshua King (Bournemouth).

Attempt blocked. Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by David Brooks.

Attempt missed. Nathan Aké (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by David Brooks with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Ben Foster.

Attempt saved. Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Ryan Fraser with a cross.

Dan Gosling (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Tom Cleverley (Watford).

Foul by Dan Gosling (Bournemouth).

Etienne Capoue (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Troy Deeney (Watford) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by José Holebas following a set piece situation.

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