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POINTS SHARED: Late Bournemouth equaliser denies Watford three points

 Published on: 25th October 2020   |   By: Geraint Roberts   |   Category: Watford FC

Watford FC were denied all three points against Bournemouth after Chris Mepham’s 95th minute equaliser meant the Hornets couldn’t make it three wins from three.

Vladimir Ivic named three changes to the side that beat Blackburn Rovers on Wednesday night, bringing in William Troost-Ekong, Jeremy Ngakia and Stipe Perica for Ben Wilmot, Kiko Femenia and Joao Pedro.

Watford players were appealing for Lloyd Kelly to be shown the red card in the first few minutes of the game for a high challenge on Ismaila Sarr, but only a yellow card was shown.

In his first start, Perica got his first goal for the club after just 12 minutes after a wonderful cross from Ismaila Sarr found the Croatian striker who tucked his effort into the bottom corner.

Mepham almost equalised on the 21st minute after a corner was drifted in towards him, but the Welsh international could only head wide.

The man of the match against Blackburn, Ben Foster, was brought into action for the first time on the half hour mark when Dominic Solanke’s effort was straight at him. 

Solanke was in the action again just before half time when Diego Rico’s cross found him in the box, but his header lacked any power to trouble Foster, who gathered the ball comfortably.

Ivic made a change at half time, bringing on Etienne Capoue for James Garner, who received a yellow card in the first half.

Capoue was among the action almost straight away when he released a ball for Sarr to chase, but the Senegalese winger could only force a save from Asmir Begovic.

The Hornets almost doubled their lead five minutes from time when Domingos Quina struck from distance and Begovic’s parry almost fell straight to substitute Joao Pedro, but the goalkeeper just got there.

Deep into injury time, a corner troubled the Hornets’ defence when Foster punched the ball away it fell straight to the path of Kelly, who fired the ball goal wards and Mepham was there to turn the ball in on the line.

Watford led for the majority of the game, but it’s only the point they take into their next game, which is against Wycombe Wanderers away from home on Tuesday night. 

Picture credit: Watford FC

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