MX23RW : Friday, February 15 23:57:39
Mar 31, 2018 at 3pm UK at ​Vicarage Road
Attendance: 20,393
Watford
2-2
Bournemouth
Femenia (14'), Pereyra (49')
FT(HT: 1-1)
King (43' pen.), Defoe (90')

Result: Jermain Defoe strikes in injury time to help Bournemouth draw at Watford

Result: Defoe salvages point for Cherries
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Jermain Defoe's 92nd-minute equaliser helps Bournemouth salvage a 2-2 draw in Saturday's Premier League game at Watford.

Bournemouth have claimed a 2-2 draw in Saturday's Premier League match at Watford thanks to a 92nd-minute equaliser from Jermain Defoe.

The Hornets began brightly at Vicarage Road but nearly conceded after just three minutes played from a dangerous free kick 30 yards out.

Charlie Daniels rolled the ball to Ryan Fraser, who crossed into the box towards Nathan Ake, and the Dutchman connected with a header which clipped the top of the crossbar and went out of play.

Bournemouth enjoyed a spell of possession which culminated in Junior Stanislas letting rip with a shot from the edge of the box, which was parried to safety by Orestis Kanezis.

The Hornets sprung to life after the Cherries' effort and went on to take the lead on 13 minutes through Kiko Femenia, who volleyed an inswinging corner kick into the back of the net from 14 yards out via a Steve Cook deflection.

Eddie Howe's side matched their opponents during the first half and were given the opportunity to level when Jose Holebas was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box, and Joshua King duly rolled home the resulting penalty.

However, Javi Gracia's charges were ahead once again not long after the restart, Troy Deeney's delivery into the box resulting in the ball being worked to Roberto Pereyra, whose low shot took a slight deflection before trickling into the far corner.

Both sides continued to trade blows during the second half but, just as it seemed like the Hornets were home and dry, Bournemouth struck for a share of the spoils.

A free kick was flicked on by Ake beyond the napping defence and into the path of Defoe, who had time to let the ball bounce before hooking past the onrushing Karnezis from 10 yards out.

WATFORD (4-2-3-1): Karnezis; Janmaat, Mariappa, Prodl (Cathcart 64'), Holebas; Capoue, Doucoure; Kiko (Richarlison 81'), Hughes (Okaka 76'), Pereyra; Deeney

BOURNEMOUTH (4-4-1-1): Begovic; Fraser, S. Cook, Ake, Daniels; Stanislas (Pugh 45+3'), L. Cook, Gosling, Ibe (Defoe 67'); King; Wilson (Surman 81')

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City27212474205465
2Liverpool26205159154465
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs26200654252960
4Manchester UnitedMan Utd26156552351751
5Arsenal26155653371650
6Chelsea26155645291650
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2611693433139
8Watford2610793434037
9Everton2796123639-333
10West Ham UnitedWest Ham2696113239-733
11Bournemouth26103133747-1033
12Leicester CityLeicester2695123134-332
13Crystal Palace2676132734-727
14Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2676132839-1127
15Burnley2676132947-1827
16Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2667132234-1225
17Cardiff CityCardiff2674152447-2325
18Southampton2659122844-1624
19Fulham2645172558-3317
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2625191448-3411

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