Watford were held to a goalless draw against Bournemouth after top-scorer Odion Ighalo missed a...
Watford were held to a goalless draw against Bournemouth after top-scorer Odion Ighalo missed a number of chances to claim all three point for the Hornets.
Ighalo has found the net 15 times already this season but the Nigerian endured a frustrating afternoon and was unable to break the deadlock at Vicarage Road, with the best chance of the game seeing him head over from six yards in the second half.
The stalemate does little for either side’s league ambitions as Watford remain ninth in the table while Bournemouth stay 15th, five points above the relegation zone.
Deeney and Ighalo have scored 22 of Watford’s 29 league goals so far season but if Quique Sanchez Flores’ side have any ambitions of carrying their excellent campaign into the European spots, they will need both to regain form fast. In their last 18 combined appearances, the duo now have only four goals between them.
Ighalo and Deeney both went close to breaking the deadlock early on as first Ighalo motored away from both Steve Cook and Harry Arter but his shot was saved, then Deeney skewed wide from Juan Carlos Paredes’ cross.
|Odion Ighalo missed many chances for Watford in the stalemate|
Bournemouth suffered a blow when Junior Stanislas hobbled off clutching his thigh in the 23rd minute and he was replaced by Max Gradel, the Ivorian forward who joined the Cherries in the summer but has been out since August with a knee injury.
The visitors were struggling to convert possession into chances although Benik Afobe was unfortunate not to go through one-on-one after he was flagged offside, with replays suggesting he was level.
Watford, however, held on and should have won it in the 67th minute when Amrabat dug out a cross from the byline but Ighalo, unchallenged, headed over from six yards.
The Hornets forward continued to pose a threat but his usually pin-point finishing also continued to desert him, as he sliced a right-footed shot high and wide with 14 minutes left.
It was the last time either side looked like stealing a winner as an underwhelming contest ended honours even.