LiveMatchday Live: AFC Bournemouth v Watford

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  • Live score: Cherries 1 (Grabban 62 pen) Watford 1 (Angella 45)
  • Lewis Grabban starts for Cherries after signing a new contract this morning
  • Cherries: (4-1-4-1) Camp; Francis, Ward, Elphick, Daniels; O’Kane; Ritchie, Surman, Arter, Pugh; Grabban. Subs: Cook, Harte, MacDonald, Fraser, Pitman, Rantie, Allsop (g/k).
  • Watford: (3-5-2) Almunia; Angella, Hall, Ekstrand; Faraoni, Battocchio, Iriney, McGugan, Pudil; Deeney, Fabbrini. Subs: Bellerin, Forestieri, Doyley, Murray, Anya, Abdi, Bond (g/k).



Neil Perrett's match report plus reaction will be online shortly. Thanks for joining us.


What a second half. Watford did exceptionally well to resist the pressure and hold on.


Cherries 1 Watford 1


Great chance. Near-post corner from Ritchie, Daniels heads over from six yards. Free header.


Ritchie wins a corner for Cherries.


Watford relieve the pressure by winning a corner.


Rantie and Arter both lose possession when well placed.


Patient, neat build-up from Cherries but Pitman's chip goes straight at Almunia.


Cherries throwing everything at the visitors now.


From being pretty uneventful, this has turned into an absorbing match.


Seven minutes of added time.


So close for Cherries. Rantie cross, Ritchie blasts towards open goal and Pudil produces a sensational goal-saving block. 


Watford getting every player behind the ball as Cherries press.


Attendance: 10,353 (including 1,423 away supporters)


Cherries having a real go now. Ritchie, Pitman, Rantie and Grabban almost forming a front four at times.


Brett Pitman, harsh call as he slid in for loose ball with Almunia


Anya on for Fabbrini, 78 minutes


Pitman and Rantie on for Pugh and Surman, 77 minutes


Pitman and Rantie preparing to come on for Cherries.


Very lively game now as Cherries pile forward against the 10 men.


Grabban went the same way and Almunia read it. Excellent triple save from the Watford stopper. Great drama here now.


Almunia saves from Grabban and then brilliantly keeps out rebounds from Ritchie and O'Kane


No red card


Another penalty for Cherries. Referee Carl Boyeson pointed to the spot after Marc Pugh went down as he attempted to round the keeper.


Cool as you like, Grabban sends Almunia the wrong way after a three or four-minute delay making the decision and due to Watford protests.


Lewis Grabban. Who else?! Cherries 1 Watford 1, 62 minutes


Angella sent off as he was the last man when Grabban was hauled down, preventing goalscoring opportunity.


Gabriele Angella, Watford, 61 minutes


Referee Carl Boyeson didn't give the shirt pull on Lewis Grabban but his assistant flagged for it. Looked the correct decision.


Cherries awarded a penalty, 59 minutes.


Nice move, Daniels shot blocked by Hall.


Terrible weather now. Heavy downpour.


Watford, Murray on for McGugan, 50 minutes


Heavy rain here now.


Second half under way


Cherries will be pleased to see the back of Angella after this game. He scored two in the 6-1 at Vicarage Road.


Cherries 0 Watford 1


Angella crashes home a close-range header from McGugan's inswinging free-kick.


Gabriele Angella, 45 minutes. Cherries 0 Watford 1


Patient build-up involving O'Kane, Arter, Pugh and Surman. Daniels fires over cross but it has too much power for Grabban at the far post.



Fiery scenes on the touchline as Watford wing-back Davide Faraoni and Cherries assistant boss Jason Tindall get involved in some angry finger pointing.


Surging run through midfield by Surman, who plays in Pugh on the left. After taking time to steady himself, Pugh slices high and wide with his left foot. Good chance for Cherries.


Close. Battocchio drive from 25 yards forces Camp into a good save, low down to the keeper's right.


Grabban bursts clear on the left, showing good pace, Surman helps on his cross and Ritchie's thumping left-foot drive is deflected just over by Daniel Pudil. Best move of the match so far.


Grabban bursts clear on the left, showing good pace, Surman helps on his cross and Ritchie's thumping left-foot drive is deflected just over by Daniel Pudil. Best move of the match so far.



To be frank, very little has happened in the opening 28 minutes. Tight game.


Almen Abdi on for the injured Iriney in Watford's midfield, 25 minutes


Surman slices wide from 20 yards. Reasonable chance for the midfielder.




Watford corner. McGugan takes, brilliant headed clearance by Ward.


For any non-league fans out there, no matches for the Echo's teams today due to weather-enforced postponements.


Although they have fallen way short of pre-season expectations, Watford look decent. Some very talented players.


Pugh shot from 18 yards takes a deflection but keeper Almunia gathers comfortably.


Matt Ritchie.


Big miss by Lewis McGugan. Poor corner by Cherries and Watford launch a rapid counter, but McGugan fails to hit the target from 12 yards. Let off for Cherries.


Neat move brings Cherries a corner.




Uneventful start here. Watford lining up with three central defenders in a very fluid system.


Big pre-match cheer for Lewis Grabban as his name is read out to the crowd.


First half under way







Cherries have mixed league form, having taken eight points from their past six Championship matches.

Cherries league form – L D D W W L

Watford have taken just six points from their past six league games. Following the appointment of Giuseppe Sannino, the Hornets have lost just one in four.

Watford league form – L D W D L D



Bournemouth Echo: STAR MAN: Eunan O'Kane celebrates his goal

EUNAN O’Kane says Cherries are determined to show Watford what they can do as they attempt to erase the painful memory of getting badly stung by the Hornets.

Cherries will be bidding to set the record straight after suffering two defeats at Vicarage Road in August.

They were knocked out of the League Cup in a 2-0 loss at Watford, which came after a 6-1 hammering at the same venue in the second league game of the season.

In their first away trip following promotion to the Championship, Cherries went in level at 1-1 but were then blitzed after the break as Troy Deeney hit a hat-trick.

O’Kane was introduced as a sub with Cherries already 4-1 down but, in the months since, Eddie Howe’s men have found their feet in a solid start in the second tier.

With Watford failing to live up to the pre-season promotion hype, the Hornets arrive in Dorset level on 30 points with Cherries.

And O’Kane is hoping to help Cherries prove they have learned and improved following their chastening defeat at Vicarage Road.

The 23-year-old told the Daily Echo: “We have picked up a lot since we played them last time.

“It will be a good test in terms of how far we have come in such a short space of time. It is definitely a challenge which everybody is embracing. Everyone wants to put in a good performance and, ultimately, show Watford we are not push-overs, we are a good side and we didn’t do ourselves justice the two times we were there. Hopefully, we will be able to put that right on Saturday.

“Everything in football teaches you something and you learn a lesson from it. Hopefully, we can show that we learned from the mistakes we made that day and, hopefully, we will be able to erase that memory from our minds.”



Bournemouth Echo: All our pictures from Brighton v AFC Bournemouth at the Amex Stadium on January 1, 2014

Yesterday marked five years in management for Eddie Howe, who was appointed as Cherries boss for the first time in January 2009.

He gave the following exclusive interview to the Daily Echo…

EDDIE Howe says he is determined to help repay Maxim Demin’s commitment to Cherries and insists: “I cannot see me leaving this club of my own accord.”

Howe, speaking to the Daily Echo on the fifth anniversary of his appointment as Cherries boss, has helped transform the club’s fortunes during two spells at Dean Court.

Thrust into the hot-seat with their Football League status on the line, he masterminded the Greatest Escape when Cherries clawed back a 17-point penalty – with the deficit still at 10 points when Howe took charge permanently – to avoid relegation in 2009.

And despite the club’s parlous financial position and an ongoing transfer embargo, he overcame the odds to plot their promotion to League One before leaving for Burnley in January 2011.

Tempted back in October 2012, Howe became only the second man in history to lead the club into the second flight – the Championship dream coming after a nightmare start to the campaign.

His achievements, together with those of his staff and players, went a long way to justifying Demin’s considerable investment – with Howe striking up an excellent working relationship with the Russian backer.

Howe said: “Maxim has put a lot of money into the club and a lot of trust in me. He has allowed me to express myself as a manager and that is all you can ask because it doesn’t always happen.

"He has given me a licence to run the football side of the club and, although he keeps a close eye on what we are doing, he also lets us get on with our jobs.

“I am in regular dialogue with him and I know where I stand. I am really happy working with the people at the club and working for Maxim. I enjoy a good relationship with him and the board.

“I want to see the club continue to move forwards and upwards and know Maxim shares that ambition.

“If we could match the success of the past five years, we would be in a good position.

“Nothing would please me more than to see us stabilise in this division and eventually look to move up. It may take some time but that is the aim.

“I don’t think you can ever look too far ahead in management. You can be well thought of one minute and not so well thought of the next.

“I have learned a great deal about life in recent years and, while the people here now remain, I cannot see me leaving this club of my own accord. Maxim, the board and the supporters have put a lot of faith in me and I want to repay them for that.”



Bournemouth Echo: SPOT ON: Lewis Grabban scores from the penalty spot

IN-DEMAND striker Lewis Grabban has today committed his future to Cherries by signing a new long-term contract with the club.

The frontman, who this week emerged as a transfer target for Brighton, has put pen to paper on an improved three-and-a-half-year deal at Dean Court following lengthy discussions this morning.

Many had expected Grabban to move to the Amex after the Seagulls tabled a £1.1million bid, triggering a release clause in his previous Cherries contract.

But after Grabban held talks with Brighton and pondered their offer of personal terms, Cherries today confirmed that the 26-year-old had opted to stay in Dorset.

The news comes as a major boost for Cherries as Grabban, who has also been linked with Leicester, Nottingham Forest, QPR and Reading, leads the club’s goalscoring charts with 10 in 24 league games so far this term.


Four changes for Cherries following the win over Burton on Tuesday...

In: Camp, Ward, Surman, Grabban

Out: Allsop, Cook, Pitman, Rantie


Full team news is listed above but the headline is that Lewis Grabban starts for Cherries after signing a new contract this morning.


Good afternoon all and welcome to our Matchday Live service from Dean Court...Cherries v Watford in the Championship.

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2:56pm Sat 18 Jan 14

Lesleycherry says...

Lots of good things already to rejoice about :-)
Let's hope we can show Watford we're not a pushover anymore. Show them what the Cherries are made of, boys!!!!!!
Lots of good things already to rejoice about :-) Let's hope we can show Watford we're not a pushover anymore. Show them what the Cherries are made of, boys!!!!!! Lesleycherry
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4:47pm Sat 18 Jan 14

alasdair1967 says...

10353 good turn out I wonder why that is ?
10353 good turn out I wonder why that is ? alasdair1967
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