Struggling Bournemouth thrashed by Watford

Howe hoping for fitness boost as Bournemouth host Watford

Howe hoping for fitness boost as Bournemouth host Watford

Watford took full advantage of poor defending to beat Bournemouth 3-0 in an English Premier League relegation battle on Sunday.

The win, Watford's fourth in the six games since Pearson took charge with them bottom of the table, lifted them to 17th place, ahead of Aston Villa who play Manchester City later. Aaron Ramsdale, Chris Mepham, Diego Rico and Lewis Cook left. Adam Masina replaced the injured Kiko Femenia, while Adrian Mariappa entered for Christian Kabasele suspended.

However, it was Watford who started faster, since Ismaila Sarr, Gerard Deulofeu and Deeney joined well to find space behind Cherries' defense.

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Mark Travers, that maintained his location in the Cherries side following their 4-0 loss of Luton in the FA Cup, had a minute to neglect, taking an unpleasant touch prior to skewing his clearance right to Sarr simply outside package.

The great Watford player then threw a fierce ball through the box, which Doucoure put under his control before shooting Travers.

Once again, Sarr and Deulofeu played with Deeney with a devastating effect, with Bournemouth unable to cope with the power and openness of Watford's relentless attack.

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The Hornets looked comfy and also positive as over and over again they punctured Bournemouth at will, Chalobah shooting simply broad after discovering room on the side of package.

The Irish under-21 worldwide had made a good early save low to his right to deny Gerard Deulofeu, but his poor clearance was sacked straight at Ismaila Sarr three minutes before half-time and the Senegalese's cross was expertly controlled and finished by Doucoure.

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