Watford head coach Javi Gracia was left bemoaning 'a lack of control' as his side twice threw away the lead, leaving them with a point from a 3-3 draw against Bournemouth.

Gracia believes his side should have won the game at the Vitality Stadium, but that ultimately their defending of set pieces cost them dearly.

He said: “After scoring two goals I knew we needed to defend well because I was sure Bournemouth would create chances because they always do.

“In that moment we conceded two goals from 2 free kicks and it was difficult to accept.

“In the second half we tried to have more control, but first of all we have to defend the free kicks better because we conceded two goals from it.

“We had the chance to kill the game with more control. We didn’t do it.”

Watford came under heavy pressure in the second half and were saved a number of times by keeper Ben Foster, who received heavy praise from his head coach.

Gracia said: “I think Ben Foster was very important in the second half for us.

“I call him Big Ben. When I arrived in England, I thought it was in London but now I know it’s in Watford. He’s playing very well and is very important.”