Eddie Howe was pleased with Bournemouth’s start to life without Callum Wilson and refused to blame Glenn Murray for his penalty miss against Watford.
The striker – a summer signing from Crystal Palace – looks set to play a regular role for the Cherries after the knee injury sustained by leading scorer Callum Wilson in their last game at Stoke.
And the £3million signing opened the scoring on Saturday, but saw his late penalty saved as the match finished 1-1.
After the match, Howe said: “There was no blame attached to Glenn Murray for missing a penalty, he was excellent today and he was the heartbeat of most of what was good about our team.
“He’s a totally different player to Callum Wilson, he brings different strengths and we’re going to have to mould ourselves around Glenn as we did with Callum. We tweaked things slightly today but we were still very effective.”