Watford 0-0 Bournemouth
Watford are without a win in their first 10 Premier League matches of the campaign after being held to a 0-0 draw by Bournemouth at Vicarage Road.
It was a second stalemate in a row for Eddie Howe’s team after they were held to a goalless draw by Norwich City last weekend.
The Hornets missed a great early chance, Abdoulaye Doucoure lashing the ball over the bar from 12 yards out after Bournemouth goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale had only managed to parry Gerard Deulofeu’s cross.
Deulofeu’s inswinging corner almost deceived Ramsdale as Watford dominated the opening exchanges although they suffered a setback after 10 minutes when Tom Cleverley had to be substituted after picking up an injury.
The Cherries survived Watford’s early onslaught and went close to breaking the deadlock themselves in the 15th minute when Steve Cook’s header hit the crossbar with Ben Foster beaten.
Back came Watford but no-one was able top get on the end of Daryl Janmaat’s excellent cross, while at the other end Foster made a smart save to keep Diego Rico’s shot out before, on the stroke of half-time, the former England goalkeeper did brilliantly to deny Arnaut Danjuma.
Watford went close to scoring soon after the restart but Ramsdale did well to block Deulofeu’s shot. The match then became increasingly scrappy as both teams struggled to come to terms with the soggy conditions.
Doucoure lashed a shot wide and Ramsdale kept out Will Hughes’ drive as Watford tried to force a late winner, while Cherries striker Josh King had a weak effort easily gathered by Foster as both teams ran out of ideas.
Bournemouth almost grabbed a late winner when Harry Wilson’s free-kick hit the outside of a post but in the end a draw was a fair result.