Sky Bet Championship: Eddie Howe happy to keep Lewis Grabban after Bournemouth's 1-1 draw with Watford
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe hailed Lewis Grabban after the striker equalised in their 1-1 draw with Watford.
Last Updated: 18/01/14 7:28pm
Grabban, 26, rejected a £1.1m move to Sky Bet Championship rivals Brighton on Friday before signing a new three-and-a-half year contract with Bournemouth.
The deal was announced on the pitch before top-scorer Grabban went on to salvage a point against the 10-man Hornets with a second-half penalty.
Delighted Howe said: "I'm really pleased he's signed because Lewis has been a star performer for us and he has led the line really well in recent weeks.
"When the bid came from Brighton, we had no choice, our hands were tied but thankfully he gave us an opportunity to put something to him after talking at Brighton.
"I think he's happy here, playing regularly and scoring goals. It is great news for us."
Grabban notched his 12th goal of the campaign from the spot in the 62nd minute after Watford scorer Gabriele Angella had been sent off for bringing down the striker.
That came after Watford had taken the lead on the stroke of half-time when Angella powered a bullet header past Bournemouth keeper Lee Camp.
Howe added: "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."
Bournemouth should probably have been celebrating a three-point haul after they were awarded a second spot-kick for Manuel Almunia's challenge on Marc Pugh 18 minutes from time.
However, on that occasion Almunia denied Grabban from 12 yards with a spectacular triple save.
Watford head coach Beppe Sannino says he was surprised to be on the receiving end of two penalty awards - but praised ex-Arsenal keeper Almunia.
Sannino said: "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."
The Hornets boss was nevertheless pleased with his side's efforts, saying: "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."
Sannino had urged his players in recent weeks to play with more passion, but after Angella's red card, the Italian added: "Today perhaps there was too much passion."