Second-half goals from Richarlison and substitute Etienne Capoue earned Watford a well-deserved 2-0 victory at Bournemouth.

Nathaniel Chalobah had wasted a series of chances for the Hornets but they were not to be denied the three points as Richarlison poked in his first goal for the club 17 minutes from time before Capoue drove in a splendid half-volley from distance late on.

The match marked Jermain Defoe’s first home game back at Bournemouth but, after coming on half an hour from time with the score level, he failed to inspire Eddie Howe’s men.

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What they said

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe: “(It was) below our normal standards. The whole game really, I thought we were off where we need to be. I felt it was good chance for us to win, if we played well. But we didn’t and we turned the ball over far too easily. I think that was probably our Achilles’ heel. Usually we’re very good with the ball but we were short. We know we’re better than that, it’s not a true representation of our ability, so lots of work to do.”

Watford boss Marco Silva (on Richarlison): “I don’t like too much to talk about individual players but, of course, I’m happy. I know very well the player, we analysed the player for the last month and a half before we signed him. He’s a talent, it’s easy for you to understand that, but he’s not only a talent. He’s a player who comes every day to work hard, to learn as well. He’s a young boy, 20 years old, his first moments in Europe and he can’t say one word in English. It’s not a surprise to me what he did.”

Tweet of the match

Star man – Richarlison

The winger tormented Adam Smith all afternoon and deserved his name on the scoresheet. He produced a sublime piece of skill in the opening 45 minutes and was in the right place to poke in Andre Gray’s centre at the second attempt for his first Hornets goal.

Moment of the match

Capoue’s brilliant half-volley would not have looked out of place on any football pitch in the world. The French midfielder took a moment to compose himself before rifling the ball into the bottom left corner to seal success for Watford.

View from the bench

There were contrasting emotions for Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe and Watford counterpart Marco Silva
There were contrasting emotions for Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe and Watford counterpart Marco Silva (Steven Paston/PA)

Watford boss Marco Silva won his first game as Hull manager against Bournemouth and he can reflect on another job well done. The Hornets were worthy winners and should probably have scored more given some of their early profligacy. Howe, on the other hand, has plenty of work to do.

Player ratings

Richarlison celebrates scoring Watford's opening goal
Richarlison celebrates scoring Watford’s opening goal (Steven Paston/PA)

Bournemouth: Asmir Begovic: 6, Steve Cook: 4, Nathan Ake: 6, Andrew Surman: 6, Harry Arter: 6, Benik Afobe: 5, Charlie Daniels: 6, Adam Smith: 5, Joshua King: 6, Ryan Fraser: 6, Jordon Ibe: 5. Subs: Jermain Defoe (for Benik Afobe, 60): 5, Marc Pugh (for Jordon Ibe, 60): 5, Lys Mousset (for Ryan Fraser, 78): 5.

Watford: Heurelho Gomes: 7, Miguel Britos: 6, Sebastian Prodl: 6, Nordin Amrabat: 7, Tom Cleverley: 6, Richarlison: 8, Nathaniel Chalobah: 6, Abdoulaye Doucoure: 6, Andre Gray: 6, Kiko Femenia: 5, Jose Holebas: 6. Subs: Etienne Capoue (for Richarlison, 80): 7, Christian Kabasele (for Nordin Amrabat, 82): 5, Ben Watson (Nathaniel Chalobah, 45+1): 5.

Who’s up next?

Birmingham v Bournemouth (Carabao Cup, August 22)

Watford v Bristol City (Carabao Cup, August 22)