Sunday, 27 October 2019

Bournemouth held by lowly Watford 0-0

Match Description
Watford 0 v 0 AFCB
16 October 2019
Attendance: 20,821
A miserable day at Watford.
Bournemouth failed to score for their third match in a row. Away at the bottom team they had their chances but a miss from Danjuma on his first start was the closest Bournemouth got. Steve Cook and Harry Wilson also hit the woodwork, but Bournemouth were sluggish in possession and had Aaron Ramsdale and Steve Cook, especially, to thank for the clean sheet.

AFC Bournemouth made a couple of changes with Danjuma, King and Lerma coming into the starting 11 and Solanke, Harry Wilson and Lewis Cook making way for them. The changes meant that Josh King could play up front with Callum Wilson and Bournemouth looked to get back to goal scoring against a side that were bottom of the league.

Watford also made some changes with Danny Wellbeck injured and Holebas was also dropped. In came Masina and Deulofeu.

Bournemouth had a strange kit mixture with the home shirt and white socks and shorts. Good start by Watford down the right  Deulofeu crossed, Ramsdale pushed the ball away and Doucouré smashed it over. An early let off!

Fraser finds Lerma on the left and he hits a shot that curls wide from outside the box. Deulofeu is causing problems down the right, but Adam Smith heads out for a corner. The ball hits the post from the corner and Steve Cook makes the block on Dawson.

King is fouled and Bournemouth have a free kick. It's not a good free kick from Fraser. Bournemouth are looking slack in midfield and are loosing the ball frequently. Ramsdale has to come out fast to clear.

Roberto Pereyra has a run down the left, but his shot is comfortable for Ramsdale. Steve Cook is in with another good tackle on Pereyra. 10 minutes gone and Cleverley is subbed for Will Hughes.

Bournemouth are patiently playing out from the back, but are not making much progress. Billing then launches a massive diagonal for Danjuma. Adam Smith is pleased to see a Bournemouth corner. A header comes in from Steve Cook and it rattles the bar! 15 minutes gone.

Rico does well to block Janmaat's cross. Wilson gets Fraser in behind and Bournemouth win another corner. Bournemouth are showing signs of improvement. It will be another corner. Watford clear this time.

Adam Smith gets away with a handball in open play. Adam Smith is getting forward. Callum Wilson has lost the ball though. Ramsdale does well to take a high ball on 21 minutes. Danjuma back to Billing and the shot is pushed around the post -corner. Fraser and Wilson just wide going for the top corner. Foster got a hand to it and Wilson had controlled the ball with his arm.

Adam Smith has taken a knock to his head with Doucouré. Now Smudge looks like a Ninja with a black headband - very fetching. King goes running down the middle, but Wilson runs into a defender.

Desperate defending from the Cherries with Janmaat in behind. Adam Smith gets the vital block in. Lerma is bustled over by Deulofeu. Good free-kick area on the half hour. Rico is going to hit it and  it's over off the wall - corner. The header is out to Rico and the swinging left foot is saved well to Foster's left. A great half volley from Rico.

King is away but Watford get back. Billing has lost the ball and Rico is a bit made with a back heel across the box, but Aké clears. Steve Cook is not very happy with Rico. Steve Cook and Adam Smith just make a clearance with Deulofeu getting close.

Rico does well to block and the yellow card is out for Dawson for a foul on Callum Wilson. Foster punches the free kick away.

Foster comes out and takes King out as well. Nasty fall the ball was cleared first but King had nowhere to go. King is down the right and makes a great cross Danjuma can't score from seven yards out! Great save by Foster, but Danjuma should have scored!

Billing has gone down injured. Three minutes of added time. Fraser can't get round Cathcart. Half-time 0-0. Bournemouth have had loads of chances but they really need to fall to Wilson or King.

AFCB possession 59%, Seven shots, 3 on target
Watford  possession 41%, 3 Shots, one on target
No goals, but a lively game.
Second half
Watford get the first shot from Masina and deflected Ramsdale saves it. Deulofeu gets Steve Cook turning inside and out and he shoots. Ramsdale saves with his body arms spread for a corner. Great save.

Bournemouth need to get going this half. Lerma gets back well to cut out a Hornet attack. Watford are given a free kick but the ball was smashed against him - never a free kick. Ramsdale catches it well.

Rico makes a mistake, but the rest of the defence cover. Adam Smith inserts a bit of pace. Lovely touch by Danjuma round the corner. Fraser has a rare shot blocked by Dawson.

Adam Smith has been robbed.  André Gray is coming on for Watford and Chalobah has been subbed on 57 minutes.

Bournemouth have a corner. Fraser crosses but Foster catches. Harry Wilson is getting ready to come on and Danjuma is subbed on 61 minutes.

Josh King is getting toppled again. Gray has forced a corner off of Steve Cook. There is a yellow card to Callum Wilson for a body check I think perhaps on Doucouré.

Poor touch from Callum Wilson on the break. Ramsdale is out quick at Aké's feet with Gray closing. Doucouré blasts a shot high and wide.

Harry Wilson down the middle out to King on the left and King hits a tame shot at the keeper! Yellow card for Rico on Hughes. It was the follow through and that was perhaps unfortunate for Rico.

Watford sub Masina for Foulquier. Dominic Solanke is replacing Callum Wilson on 74 minutes. Hughes goes for goal and Ramsdale saves wonderfully down to his left!

Fraser on the break gets a corner. Deulofeu has been booked. Just 12 minutes to go. Fraser to Lerma and his shot is blocked. Solanke and Rico do no better. Billing is carded for a foul on Pereyra.

Across the box but André Gray can't get there. Smith into Harry Wilson and King can't get there in time. Bournemouth have a corner. Billing goes for the header and Harry Wilson is blocked. Lerma and a free kick for the Cherries.

Harry Wilson takes the kick. Over the wall and pass the post! Just glanced the woodwork. Hughes tackles Harry Wilson unfairly.

Billing and the keeper gets it. King on half way and Adam Smith is fouled by Pereyra - he's finally carded, 89 minutes gone. Too strong from Rico it's out of play.

Added time goes up for three minutes. Solanke and Fraser can't get hold of the ball. Steve Cook makes a header clear and Billing. The break is on, Fraser and, on his left, Foster saves. it's a corner.

Headed away by Dawson. Deulofeu and Hughes has run offside. That was a let off. That's it 0-0.
Somebody was happy with a point.
The conditions did help matters but either side could have won this one and the biggest positive for Howe is a clean sheet. Bournemouth have gone three now without scoring which is not like them, and it was sad to see Callum Wilson not go the 90 minutes. Steve Cook's header that hit the bar, Danjuma's shot that didn't go in from the six yard box, Rico's volley and Harry Wilson's free kick - there were plenty of chances to score.  Watford had chances too, but away to the bottom team Bournemouth will be perhaps thinking this is two points dropped.

AFCB possession 60%, 15 shots, 5 on target
Watford possession 40%, 7 Shots, 3 on target

AFCB Line-up
AFCB Subs: Boruc, Francis, Kelly, Mepham, L Cook, H Wilson, Solanke

AFCB Ratings
Ramsdale 8, A Smith 6, S Cook 8, Aké 7, Rico 7, Danjuma 6, Lerma 6, Billing 6, Fraser 6, C Wilson 6, King 6

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Ref Watch: Mike Dean 4/10 - Not sure Rico deserved a yellow card and Pereyra got away with lots of fouling before he finally got booked in the 89th minute.

Foster, Dawson, Cathcart, Kabasele, Janmaat, Cleverley (Hughes 10), Chalobah (Gray 57), Doucouré, Masina (Foulquier 73), Deulofeu, Pereyra

Watford Subs
Gomes, Prödl, Mariappa, Gray, Hughes, Quina, Foulquier

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