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Matchday live

6:30 PM

Away day - done.

What a way to win your first away day of the season!

 

Stick with us on watfordfc.com to see exclusive post-match reaction from Marco Silva and Nathaniel Chalobah. There will also be a full match report, the best of social media and extended highlights to follow.

 

Well done to all the travelling supporters who made the trip to the south coast, you really sang your hearts out!

6:20 PM

Instagram snapshot

 

Love an away day win 🐝⚽️🍺 #watfordfc #premierleague #awayday

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6:15 PM

Sing along if you know the words!

Abdoulaye Doucouré gets a new song, as do Richarlison, Marco Silva and Nathaniel Chalobah...heres just one example below:

6:10 PM

Instagram snapshot

 

Full time and the 'Orns take it 2-0! What an afternoon on the south coast! #WatfordFC

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6:00 PM

Fan Reaction

 

5:50 PM

“The fans were excellent” - Chalobah

Nathaniel Chalobah spoke exclusively to watfordfc.com after the final whistle, here's just a taste of what he said, you can see the rest on our Match Review page later:

 

"The fans were excellent today. When I had a chance and missed it I looked over and the fans were still cheering us on, they stuck by the team just like last week. 

 

"We created a few chances and kept getting in good positions. I had a feeling it'd come, it was just a case of when..."

5:45 PM

What a game!

 

5:30 PM

“We did everything I want” - Silva

Marco Silva spoke to BBC Match of the Day after securing his first win as Watford's Head Coach:

 

"Firstly it was a very, very good game. Two teams that try to play, so congratulations to our players.

 

"We did everything I want. We had a great attitude.

 

"The first-half was more balanced, we controlled the second-half and I think our boys deserve the three points. A special mention must go to our supporters who pushed us too.

 

"We prepare well and we analyse well our opponent. We know they like to have possession and to create chances against everyone that comes here. I'm happy of course but it's only three points so we must rest now and prepare for our next game.

 

"I don't like to talk about individual players because the most important is the team. It's a good start but it's only 3 points more. It's important to win first away match in the season."

5:20 PM

“We're buzzing” - Gray

Andre Gray spoke to the broadcast media after the final whistle:

 

"We're buzzing. Over the moon. Been a long hard week, put lots of effort into how manager wants us to play, put it into practice today. 

 

"Richarlison is quite quiet, a great player and a good character. We were on the same wavelength today, hopefully we can keep causing people problems.

 

"We need to be more clinical. We should've done better with a few chances. 

 

"I got a great welcome last week at home, and it was good to start first game today. It's a great feeling, but there's lots of work still to do. 

 

"It's been a big change for me personally, the way the manager wants me to play, so I've got a lot to learn. I should've scored.

 

"We've had a great start, and we learnt from last week and put that into practice today.

 

We were the better team and we managed to get in front. It gives us something to build on, but there's always things we can do better."

5:10 PM

Caps on Cherries result

Étienne Capoue spoke to Premier League Productions about his winning goal and the result against Bournemouth:

 

"I worked hard during training on shooting and when I shot I felt it was going to the goal.

 

"We did well last week and finished with a draw against Liverpool. 

 

"We created a lot of chances today, we didn't score them all, but we scored at the end which was the most important.

 

"We didn't expect such a good start from Richarlison but he has done so well."

4:53 PM

Full-Time | AFC Bournemouth 0-2 Watford

We think the travelling fans' celebrations after the first goal knocked a wifi port out or something, we lost you towards the end there. What a win!

A dominant second-half showing earns the Golden Boys a deserved 2-0 win over Bournemouth and a place in the top half. 

4:47 PM - 90 MIN

Substitution

Watford FC

Chalobah

NO.14

Watson

NO.23
4:45 PM - 86 MIN

We've got...

Capoue chests a loose ball down before half-volleying the ball past Begović into the far bottom corner. That should seal the win for the Hornets!

4:44 PM - 84 MIN

Goal!

Capoue!

AFC Bournemouth AFC Bournemouth
0 - 2
Watford FC Watford FC
4:39 PM - 82 MIN

Substitution

Watford FC

Amrabat

NO.7

Kabasele

NO.27
4:37 PM

Substitution

Watford FC

Richarlison

NO.11

Capoue

NO.29
4:36 PM - 77 MIN

Substitution AFC Bournemouth

Fraser

NO.24

Mousset

NO.31
4:32 PM - 73 MIN

Richarlison gets off the mark!

Hornets new-boy Richarlison pokes the ball into the net after Gray had slid the ball across the box, sending the travelling support into raptures!

 

4:31 PM - 73 MIN

Goal!

Richarlison!

AFC Bournemouth AFC Bournemouth
0 - 1
Watford FC Watford FC
4:24 PM - 65 MIN

Gray forces a save

Doucoure drives forward and lays in Gray, who rifles a cross-shot in for Begovic to parry. Watford on top here. 

4:21 PM - 63 MIN

Yellow card
Chalobah

4:19 PM - 61 MIN

Yellow card
Cook

4:18 PM - 60 MIN

Substitution AFC Bournemouth

Ibe

NO.33

Pugh

NO.7
4:18 PM - 60 MIN

Substitution AFC Bournemouth

Afobe

NO.9

Defoe

NO.18
4:18 PM - 59 MIN

Yellow card
Gray

Gray booked for making his feelings too well known to referee Roger East. Chalobah had robbed Cook of possession, but the Cherries' defender then blocked Gray's run onto what could have been an easy tap in. Cook was eventually cautioned, on advice from the linesman. 

4:12 PM

Snapshot

Steve Cook leaves one in on Richarlison as he runs down the line.

4:06 PM - 49 MIN

Amrabat wide

The ball falls to Amrabat at the far post, and the Moroccan's cross-cum-shot eludes everyone. Still searching for his first goal in yellow. 

4:04 PM - 46 MIN

Back underway

Bournemouth get us going again, with Watford now shooting toward the travelling Hornets. 

3:48 PM

So close! Gray!

Fantastic skill from Richarlison takes Smith out of the game, and the Brazilian's square ball is hit over the bar from five yards out by Gray. It's the last action of the half. What a chance!

3:34 PM

Snapshot

Andre Gray gets in on the action in his first start in yellow.

3:31 PM - 31 MIN

Gomes saves

A long ball around the back of the Hornets' defence frees Afobe, and the Bournemouth front-man leathers one at Gomes' near-post which the Brazilian parries. 

3:29 PM - 27 MIN

Yellow card
Britos

3:24 PM - 24 MIN

Hornets looking lively

Richarlison plays a wonderful through ball to Gray down the left, and the striker's cross is blocked by former Watford man Ake.

3:20 PM - 20 MIN

Close!

Amrabat whips in a superb cross from the right and Chalobah heads marginally wide from eight-yards out. He'll think he could have done better there. 

3:16 PM

Snapshot

Asmir Begović claims the ball over the head of Sebastian Prödl.

3:07 PM - 7 MIN

Britos blocks

King crosses from the left for Fraser, his effort is saved by Gomes and Britos throws himself in front of Afobe to deflect the rebound over the bar. A goal looked certain. 0-0. 

3:01 PM - 1 MIN

Red Socks

The Hornets line-up in red socks so they don't clash too much (at least colour-wise) with the hosts this afternoon.

3:00 PM - 1 MIN

Let's go!

The Hornets kick us off at Vitality Stadium. Away section packed and raring their Hornets on from the off!

2:55 PM

Snapshot

Kiko Femenía runs out onto the pitch - he makes his first start for the Golden Boys this afternoon!

2:45 PM

15 minutes to go!

Not long now, come on you 'Orns! A reminder of the line-ups at Vitality Stadium this afternoon. Give your page a refresh now for live match commentary. 

HORNETS: Gomes (GK)(c); Femenía, Prödl, Britos, Holebas; Doucouré, Chalobah; Amrabat, Cleverley, Richarlison; Gray.
 
Subs: Pantilimon (GK), Deeney, Hughes, Watson, Kabasele, Capoue, Okaka.
 
CHERRIES: Begovic; A. Smith, Cook, Aké, Daniels; Ibe, Surman, Arter, Fraser; King, Afobe.
 
Subs: Boruc, B. Smith, Mings, Gosling, Pugh, Defoe, Mousset.

 

2:30 PM

Amrabat on Cherries

HORNETS: Gomes (GK)(c); Femenía, Prödl, Britos, Holebas; Doucouré, Chalobah; Amrabat, Cleverley, Richarlison; Gray.

 

Subs: Pantilimon (GK), Deeney, Hughes, Watson, Kabasele, Capoue, Okaka.


Nordin Amrabat spoke to the broadcast media prior to kick-off:

 

"It's a different game today, Liverpool are a very big club. We are playing away, and Bournemouth play really good football so I expect an interesting game today.

 

"Last season I played like a wing back, but I think it's time I start scoring so hopefully it's today!"

2:20 PM

Snapshot

There are fond memories for both set of fans when it comes to this man...

2:15 PM

“Now is the moment to look forward” - Silva

HORNETS: Gomes (GK)(c); Femenía, Prödl, Britos, Holebas; Doucouré, Chalobah; Amrabat, Cleverley, Richarlison; Gray.

 

Subs: Pantilimon (GK), Deeney, Hughes, Watson, Kabasele, Capoue, Okaka.


Hornets Head Coach Marco Silva has spoken to BBC Match of the Day ahead of this afternoon's clash with Bournemouth:

 

"We have a strategy for the match. Three of the four changes are for injuries of course.

 

"Richarlison has worked very well and is starting to adapt. It's not easy for a young boy, he's only 20-years-old but we believe he can adapt. Andre [Gray] is ready to play, but Troy [Deeney] is not quite fit to start.

 

"He is good competition for me and the team and they [the strikers] know to show me during the week they can be in the team.

 

"Now is the moment to look forward, it is a tough game for sure, because at home they are strong.

 

"We put our ideas on the pitch, we respect Bournemouth and we try and win the match."

2:10 PM

Full debut for Andre

2:00 PM

TEAM NEWS

There are four changes for Marco Silva's Watford side as Kiko Femenía, Sebastian Prödl and Richarlison come in for Daryl Janmaat, Younès Kaboul and Roberto Pereyra. All three picked up knocks in the 3-3 draw with Liverpool last weekend, while Andre Gray comes in for Stefano Okaka up-front.

 

Will Hughes is also named in the matchday squad for the first time, and Troy Deeney returns to the 18 after injury.

 

HORNETS: Gomes (GK)(c); Femenía, Prödl, Britos, Holebas; Doucouré, Chalobah; Amrabat, Cleverley, Richarlison; Gray.

 

Subs: Pantilimon (GK), Deeney, Hughes, Watson, Kabasele, Capoue, Okaka.

 

CHERRIES: Begovic (GK); A. Smith, Cook, Aké, Daniels; Ibe, Surman (c), Arter, Fraser; King, Afobe.

 

Subs: Boruc (GK), B. Smith, Mings, Gosling, Pugh, Defoe, Mousset.

1:45 PM

15 minute warning!

TEAM NEWS in quarter of an hour, come on you 'Orns!

1:35 PM

Instagram Snapshot

 

Bournemouth away! 😎⚽️🍻 #watfordfc #awaydays

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1:30 PM

Howe on Silva

Opposition Manager Eddie Howe had his say on Marco Silva, recalling their meeting last season:

 

"We played Hull in Marco Silva’s first game and that day Hull were very impressive, came from a goal down and were very strong. He built spirit from quite a low ebb.

 

"After the game he also left an impression on me, he was very friendly and knowledgeable and had done his research about the Premier League. It doesn’t surprise me that he still in the league with a job."

1:15 PM

He's ready!

1:05 PM

It's a game of opinions...

 

1:00 PM

One to watch?

12:50 PM

Snapshot

Visiting Vitality Stadium? Thanks for your support Hornets fans!

12:45 PM

138.com Preview

12:35 PM

Then and now

Nathan Aké played for the Hornets on-loan from Chelsea, finding favour with then-manager Quique Sanchez Flores. He made 28 appearances for the Golden Boys, scoring one goal in the 3-0 victory over Liverpool in December 2015.

 

Since then, he's found a permanent home at the Vitality Stadium, returning to the club he spent the first half of the season at last campaign. He's played 11 times for the Cherries, scoring 3 goals in the process.

12:30 PM

On the road again...

There's a good feeling in the Hornets' camp after last week's Liverpool performance, but you get the sense today at The Vitality Stadium will be the real test of Watford's early-season mettle. 

Marco Silva's men take on an AFC Bournemouth side smarting from opening day defeat to West Bromwich Albion, and you can stay up to date throughout the day right here. Live commentary will begin around 2.30pm, so give your browser a refresh around then and hit 'Listen Live'.