AFC Bournemouth 0-2 Watford: Clinical Hornets too strong for the Cherries


AFC Bournemouth are yet to register a Premier League victory this season as goals from Richarlison and Etienne Capoue gave Watford a 2-0 win at the Vitality Stadium.

The former Tottenham midfielder, Capoue came off the bench to score a crisp half volley from just outside the box, sealing the game for the Hornets after Richarlison had tapped in the opener.

Both sides were evenly matched going into the interval with Benik Afobe spurning two glorious chances for the home side.

On six minutes, Ryan Fraser’s low shot was parried away by Heurehlo Gomes only for the former Arsenal striker to blaze his shot over from close range on the rebound.

The forward, who many thought would be dropped in favour of new signing Jermain Defoe, was put through on goal by Steve Cook by his shot was again palmed away well by Gomes.

Nathaniel Chalobah came closest to finding the net for Marco Siva’s side in the first half heading over a finely weighted cross from Nordin Amrabat.

The second period was much the same as the first with both sides playing end-to-end football from the outset.

Chalobah was again heavily involved, dominating the proceedings in the midfield. He dispossessed Bournemouth defender Cook on 57 minutes and powered towards goal before Asmir Begovic was able to palm the tame effort away from danger.

Andre Gray also tested the resources of the Cherries keeper seeing his effort saved as it looked destined to find the bottom corner.

However, Bournemouth’s resistance was finally broken on the 71st minute.

Chalobah’s low cross from the right hand side was missed by Gray only for the Hornets’ new signing Richarlison to poke home from the second attempt and send the away fans into raptures.

Watford doubled their lead in the closing minutes, as Capoue came off the bench to score a stunning half volley from just outside of the penalty area after the Bournemouth defence had failed to clear their lines.

Defoe, who replaced Afobe on the hour mark was given a rapturous reception from the home fans but his presence did not have the desired impact with the Watford defence holding out firm.

AFC Bournemouth will look to get back to winning ways when they face Birmingham City in the EFL Cup on Tuesday whilst Watford face Bristol City.