Lewis Grabban celebrated signing a new contract by scoring the equaliser as Bournemouth drew with 10-man Watford.

The striker, who signed a new three-and-a-half-year deal with the Cherries in the hours before kick-off, scored a second-half penalty after Gabriele Angella had been sent off.

Angella had put Watford ahead in the first-half with a header, but the visitors struggled after his dismissal.

The hosts were denied a winner when Manuel Almunia saved Grabban's penalty.

It was a pleasing display for Bournemouth, especially against a side who defeated them 6-1 earlier in the season.

Initially, Watford were in control as Lewis McGugan shot wide, before Cristian Battocchio's thunderous strike forced Cherries keeper Lee Camp to tip the ball around his post.

Marc Pugh shot over the bar for the Cherries before the visitors deservedly took the lead in first-half stoppage time as Angella's powerful header flew past Camp.

Hornets lacking sting

  • Watford have won only one of their last 14 league games. Their only win in the Championship since early October was 4-0 at home against Millwall on Boxing Day

But the complexion of the game changed when Bournemouth were awarded a penalty just after the hour as Grabban tumbled in the area when under pressure from Fitz Hall and Joel Ekstrand.

Goalscorer Angella was given a straight red card and Grabban scored from the spot, with Almunia diving the wrong way.

But Almunia prevented the home side from taking all three points when he kept out Grabban's second penalty of the game after the Spanish goalkeeper had brought down Pugh.

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe:

"We got dealt with a sucker-punch right on half-time, which was a killer blow for us, but the response of the players was superb - our second-half performance was brilliant.

"You can go into half-time on a downer but credit to the players, they came back really well."

Watford head coach Beppe Sannino:

"If you have to give ratings as a journalist, I think you should give 10, eight or nine.

"I think it was not only Almunia but the whole team who played well today.

"I think it is very strange to concede two penalties in 45 minutes, for me, that has never happened before - especially with 10 men. It is too far for me to judge from the touchline."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (5)

AFC Bournemouth

  • 42 Camp
  • 02 Francis
  • 11 Daniels
  • 32 O'Kane
  • 05 Elphick
  • 22 Ward
  • 30 Ritchie Booked
  • 08 Arter
  • 09 Grabban
  • 04 Surman (Rantie - 78' )
  • 07 Pugh (Pitman - 78' Booked )

Substitutes

  • 01 Allsop
  • 03 Cook
  • 10 Pitman
  • 14 Harte
  • 16 MacDonald
  • 20 Fraser
  • 28 Rantie

Watford

  • 01 Almunia
  • 19 Faraoni
  • 18 Pudil
  • 06 Ekstrand
  • 04 Angella Dismissed
  • 17 Hall Booked
  • 23 Iriney (Abdi - 26' )
  • 07 Battocchio
  • 20 Fabbrini (Anya - 78' )
  • 09 Deeney
  • 10 McGugan (Murray - 50' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Bellerín
  • 11 Forestieri
  • 12 Doyley
  • 16 Murray
  • 21 Anya
  • 22 Abdi
  • 30 Bond
Ref: Carl Boyeson
Att: 10,353

Match Stats

Shots

21 8

On target

6 2

Corners

8 5

Fouls

10 7

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Bournemouth 1, Watford 1.

90:00 +7:23 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Bournemouth 1, Watford 1.

90:00 +6:37

Attempt missed. Charlie Daniels (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Matt Ritchie with a cross following a corner.

90:00 +6:22

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Daniel Pudil.

90:00 +6:05

Attempt blocked. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tokelo Rantie.

90:00 +5:07

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Harry Arter.

90:00 +3:47

Foul by Simon Francis (Bournemouth).

90:00 +3:47

Ikechi Anya (Watford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +2:50

Attempt saved. Brett Pitman (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Tokelo Rantie.

89:48

Attempt missed. Brett Pitman (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Charlie Daniels with a cross.

89:08

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Daniel Pudil.

89:05

Attempt blocked. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tokelo Rantie.

86:40

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Marco Davide Faraoni.

82:46

Hand ball by Harry Arter (Bournemouth).

82:24

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Fitz Hall.

80:59 Booking

Booking Brett Pitman (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

80:52

Foul by Brett Pitman (Bournemouth).

80:52

Manuel Almunia (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80:42

Attempt saved. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lewis Grabban.

79:38

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Fitz Hall.

77:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Watford. Ikechi Anya replaces Diego Fabbrini.

77:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bournemouth. Tokelo Rantie replaces Andrew Surman.

77:32 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bournemouth. Brett Pitman replaces Marc Pugh.

77:03

Foul by Eunan O'Kane (Bournemouth).

77:03

Troy Deeney (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

74:53

Attempt saved. Troy Deeney (Watford) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Sean Murray.

74:30

Foul by Simon Francis (Bournemouth).

74:30

Diego Fabbrini (Watford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

73:08

Attempt missed. Simon Francis (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Eunan O'Kane.

72:36

Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

72:36

Foul by Daniel Pudil (Watford).

71:58

Attempt saved. Eunan O'Kane (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

71:51

Attempt saved. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner.

71:47

Penalty saved! Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.

71:03 Booking

Booking Manuel Almunia (Watford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

70:01

Penalty Bournemouth. Marc Pugh draws a foul in the penalty area.

70:01

Penalty conceded by Manuel Almunia (Watford) after a foul in the penalty area.

68:58

Attempt missed. Charlie Daniels (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Marc Pugh following a corner.

68:48

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Daniel Pudil.

65:21

Attempt missed. Andrew Surman (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Eunan O'Kane.

64:12

Offside, Bournemouth. Eunan O'Kane tries a through ball, but Lewis Grabban is caught offside.

61:54 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Bournemouth 1, Watford 1. Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

60:12 Dismissal

Dismissal Gabriele Angella (Watford) is shown the red card.

58:34

Penalty Bournemouth. Lewis Grabban draws a foul in the penalty area.

58:34

Penalty conceded by Gabriele Angella (Watford) after a foul in the penalty area.

57:16

Attempt blocked. Charlie Daniels (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Andrew Surman.

51:09

Attempt blocked. Daniel Pudil (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sean Murray with a cross.

50:35

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Charlie Daniels.

49:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Watford. Sean Murray replaces Lewis McGugan because of an injury.

48:22

Attempt missed. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

46:54

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Tommy Elphick.

46:52

Attempt blocked. Troy Deeney (Watford) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

46:16

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

45:36

Delay in match Lewis McGugan (Watford) because of an injury.

45:00

Second Half begins Bournemouth 0, Watford 1.

45:00 +2:47 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Bournemouth 0, Watford 1.

45:00 +1:19 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Bournemouth 0, Watford 1. Gabriele Angella (Watford) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Lewis McGugan with a cross following a set piece situation.

45:00 +0:36

Foul by Tommy Elphick (Bournemouth).

45:00 +0:36

Lewis McGugan (Watford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

43:09

Offside, Watford. Troy Deeney tries a through ball, but Daniel Pudil is caught offside.

41:13

Attempt missed. Diego Fabbrini (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Gabriele Angella.

39:46

Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

39:46

Foul by Gabriele Angella (Watford).

35:07

Attempt missed. Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Andrew Surman following a fast break.

34:36

Foul by Simon Francis (Bournemouth).

34:36

Daniel Pudil (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:14

Attempt blocked. Daniel Pudil (Watford) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

32:51

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Lee Camp.

32:45

Attempt blocked. Cristian Battocchio (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Troy Deeney.

31:37

Foul by Tommy Elphick (Bournemouth).

31:37

Lewis McGugan (Watford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

30:28

Simon Francis (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

30:28

Foul by Marco Davide Faraoni (Watford).

29:56

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Daniel Pudil.

29:48

Attempt blocked. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lewis Grabban.

26:35

Attempt missed. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Simon Francis.

25:08 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Watford. Almen Abdi replaces Iriney because of an injury.

24:38

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

23:22

Delay in match Iriney (Watford) because of an injury.

19:05

Attempt missed. Andrew Surman (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Charlie Daniels.

17:46

Foul by Harry Arter (Bournemouth).

17:46

Diego Fabbrini (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

16:14

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Elliott Ward.

12:16

Attempt missed. Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Harry Arter.

11:09 Booking

Booking Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card.

10:44

Attempt missed. Lewis McGugan (Watford) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Cristian Battocchio with a cross.

10:32

Attempt blocked. Simon Francis (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

10:05

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Iriney.

9:29

Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

9:29

Foul by Marco Davide Faraoni (Watford).

1:32

Offside, Watford. Cristian Battocchio tries a through ball, but Troy Deeney is caught offside.

0:47

Foul by Harry Arter (Bournemouth).

0:47

Marco Davide Faraoni (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:32

Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:32

Foul by Gabriele Angella (Watford).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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