AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe thought his side showed great character to come from behind twice to take a point against Watford.
Christian Kabasele opened the scoring for the away side before Joshua King converted from a great run and cross from Adam Smith.
Watford once again took the lead from another set piece when Troy Deeney scored.
But the points were shared when Andrew Surman threaded the ball through to Benik Afobe, beyond a stricken Kabasele who was down injured and Afobe excellently finished past Gomes.
It was fourth draw between the two sides since both clubs were automatically promoted from the Championship in 2015.
Howe told afcb.co.uk…
‘…I felt we were quite unfortunate not to win the game.
‘We defended well from open play, Artur only had one real save to make low to his right.
‘So open play was fine but we knew set plays were one of Watford’s strengths, the manner of the two goals we conceded was very disappointing.
‘But we look to the positives – the team showed great character to come from behind twice, and the impact of the subs was also key.’
Well we had 67% possession, plenty of shots on target, scored 2 very nice goals, and looked very impressive for a good chunk of the game.
The only negative is that we conceded 2 soft goals, but – and someone please correct me if I’m wrong – Watford created ZERO actual chances apart from their two lucky goals, both of which came from nothing.
In most of our games, there are extended spells where I’m biting my nails and screaming at the TV because of the extended pressure or great chances the other team has. I don’t remember a single time where I was actually afraid Watford were going to score.
So, despite the 2 glaring errors that led to their goals, could the idea even be entertained that we have improved defensively? – Join the conversation here.
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