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Thu 12 Dec At 12.12 PM

Highlights | Watford 2-2 AFC Bournemouth

- Point apiece for the Hornets and the Cherries at The Vic

- Callum Wilson strike put Bournemouth ahead at the break

- Troy Deeney's third goal of the season drew the scores level

- Bournemouth substitute Josh King fired the visitors back in front via a deflection

- Substitute Isaac Success scores first Watford goal to secure a point

Watford and Bournemouth shared the spoils at Vicarage Road on Saturday afternoon in the Premier League in a thrilling 2-2 draw.

The visitors took the lead midway through the first-half through Callum Wilson. 

Captain Troy Deeney fired the Hornets level five minutes into the second-half, but the Cherries re-gained the lead through substitute Josh King's deflected effort.

But just two minutes after falling behind the Hornets were level once more. Isaac Success, another substitute, glanced a header past Artur Boruc for his first goal in a Watford shirt. 

Walter Mazzarri made two changes to his starting eleven for the visit of Eddie Howe's Cherries. 

Craig Cathcart (hip) and Miguel Britos (thigh) both missed out, and were replaced by Younès Kaboul and Camilo Zúñiga. 

Also missing for the Hornets were Daryl Janmaat (shoulder), Adrian Mariappa (sickness), Stefano Okaka and Jerome Sinclair (both hamstring).

The Hornets fashioned the first opening of the game within a minute as Deeney flicked a ball into the path of Odion Ighalo, but the front-man's effort went wide of the target.

Bournemouth had their first attempt through Junior Stanislas. Sebastian Prödl was ajudged to have deliberately handled the ball having been bundled over by Wilson. Stanislas lined up the free-kick, which Heurelho Gomes did well to tip over.

Jose Holebas then tried his luck from range after Ighalo had done well to lay a ball back into the full-back's path. He hit a first-time effort but it trickled wide.

Midway through the half, Jordan Ibe cut in down the left and fired a low effort towards goal. Gomes was equal to it though and scooped the shot into his grasp.

But with their next effort at goal the Cherries were ahead. Wilson got on the end of Stanislas' cross in from the right and nodded underneath Gomes into the back of the net.

Nordin Amrabat was denied twice by Boruc on the stroke of half-time, before Zúñiga's long-throw was nudged towards goal by Kaboul, but it deflected off of Simon Francis into the grateful hands of Boruc.

To the second-half, and neither side made any changes at the break.

It was the Hornets who created the first opening as Prödl headed Holebas' free-kick just wide of the far post.

Moments later, Holebas and Prödl combined again, the Austrian flicking a corner towards Deeney who acrobatically back-heeled over the bar. 

But with his next effort Deeney fired the Hornets level. Amrabat did brilliantly to turn Charlie Daniels inside the box before laying the ball back invitingly to Deeney.

The captain composed himself before firing into the bottom corner, past a combination of keeper Boruc and the covering defender, for his third strike of the season.

Almost immediately Bournemouth were inches away from regaining the lead as Jack Wilshere's low curling effort came back off the base of the post.

Mazzarri made his first change of the afternoon just shy of the hour mark. Success replaced fellow-countryman Ighalo up-top for the hosts.

Amrabat teased a ball into the box which Deeney headed low towards goal. Boruc however did well as he pushed the effort away.

The Cherries were back ahead with 63 minutes played. Howe brought on King and within a minute of his introduction he fired his side ahead. 

A cross-field ball was not dealt with, and the midfielder burst towards goal before arrowing an effort at goal which took a wicked deflection off of Kaboul into the bottom corner.

But the Hornets did not have to wait long for their second goal of the match, and it was another substitute that provided it. 

Holebas delivered a perfect ball into the box from a free-kick. Success darted in front of his man and glanced a header into the far corner for his first in Watford colours. 

The front-man was just inches away from putting the Hornets ahead for the first time in the contest. Amrabat showed more excellent play down the right but Success just flicked his header wide. 

Wilshere was again denied by the up-right after he had got onto the end of Smith's ball across the front of goal. With the goal gaping he was unable to steer his shot in.

The Hornets' second change of the afternoon saw Adlène Guedioura replace Capoue in midfield.

For a third time of the game the woodwork denied the Cherries. Stanislas lined-up a free-kick in a great position just outside the box. He curled a great-strike towards the top-corner but it was just too high as it came back off of the bar. 

With ten minutes left, Success cut inside and tried his luck from distance but his effort went wide. 

The striker was causing the Cherries all sorts of problems. He was played in by an excellent cross-field Pereyra ball, before twisting and turning past two defenders and striking a shot at goal which Boruc did well to hold. 

Into stoppage time Holebas made an excellent last ditch challenge to deny King after he had been played in. 

The full-time whistle followed soon after and the Hornets now look forward to the visit to Middlesbrough in two weeks' time.

HORNETS: Gomes (GK); Zuniga, Kaboul, Prödl, Holebas; Amrabat, Behrami, Capoue (Guedioura, 78); Pereyra; Deeney (c), Ighalo (Success, 58).
Subs not used: Pantilimon (GK), Kabasele, Kenedy, Watson, Doucoure. 

Goals: Deeney (50), Success (64)
Yellow Cards: Prödl (12), Pereyra (28), Behrami (56)
Red Cards:

CHERRIES: Boruc (GK); Smith, Francis (C), Cook, Daniels; Stanislas, Arter, Surman, Wilshere (Gosling, 74), Ibe (King, 61); Wilson (Afobe, 90). 
Subs not used: Federici (GK), Ake, Gradel, Smith. 

Goals: Wilson (31), King (62)
Yellow Cards: Wilshere (20), Smith (41), Francis (45), Stanislas (89)
Red Cards:

Attendance: 20,575
Referee: Mike Dean

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