Javi Gracia: Watford deserved to win in Bournemouth draw
By Ron Walker
Last Updated: 31/03/18 7:34pm
Javi Gracia insisted he was happy with his players' performance despite a Jermain Defoe-inspired Bournemouth snatching a 2-2 draw with Watford at Vicarage Road.
The Hornets appeared to be heading for a fourth straight home win in the Premier League for the first time in their history until Defoe popped up in the second minute of added time to equalise.
"I'm disappointed with the result, because we have lost two points in injury time," he said. "But I'm proud of my players. We played a good game, put in a good performance and created many chances in the first half, but they are a good team and we'll go on."
Gracia felt Watford should have taken more of their chances before half-time, which might have put them out of sight before Bournemouth mounted what is becoming a familiar fightback.
That recovery was aided by a moment of madness from Jose Holebas, who conceded a penalty for a deliberate handball shortly before the interval, which Josh King converted to send the sides in at 1-1.
Gracia said: "It could have given us more difference and at the end we lost two points. We have one point more than we did, we wanted three and I think we deserved it, but there are six games left and we will try to get all the points we can.
"To be honest, I didn't see the handball. It was a long way from my position on the pitch."