With Watford comfortably sitting in mid-table and Bournemouth looking likely to have enough about them to avoid relegation, it was perhaps no surprise that the two teams played out a goalless draw in a result that would probably suit both teams.
Hornets looked solid in defence
Heurelho Gomes (8): Arguably the hosts' man of the match, Gomes made three excellent saves from Harry Arter and Max Gradel to deny Bournemouth grabbing an away win. The experienced goalkeeper continues to play an effective part in Watford's excellent season.
Juan Carlos Paredes (7): The right-back was comfortable on the ball and kept the returning Max Gradel quiet for large chunks of the game, as he looks to cement a regular first-team position ahead of Allan Nyom.
Craig Cathcart (7): Like an old-fashioned centre-back, the Irishman was excellent in the air but not so comfortable when the ball was on the floor. He won a number of headers but needs to work on his passing to fit the modern mould of the composed central defender.
Miguel Britos (8): A lot more composed on the ball than his central defensive partner, Britos showed his South American flair to the Vicarage Road fans with a number of confident touches. The Uruguayan also did a good job of keeping the pacey Josh King under close order for the majority of the game.
Nathan Aké (7): The energetic youngster prevented Bournemouth from making any in-roads down their right flank and was always willing to get forward and support his team when they went on the offensive.
A lack of flair in midfield
Ben Watson (6): The defensive midfielder delivered a couple of dangerous free-kicks but could not control the game as he likes to, struggling to get to grips of the tempo of the match. He did aid his defence effectively though.
Valon Behrami (6): He worked hard for his team off the ball but, like Watson, struggled to have any impact when his team were going forward. One of Quique Sanchez Flores' more productive midfielders, Behrami will have to improve against Manchester United next week.
Etienne Capoue (5): His lack of influence on the game was made clear by the fact he was replaced by Mario Suarez on 57 minutes. Capoue was lazy assisting his team defensively and, despite not often giving the ball away, could not find any cutting, creative passes for Ighalo and Deeney to feed off.
Nordin Amrabat (7): The midfielder was Watford's most creative force on the day, creating one excellent chance in particular for Ighalo. He made himself difficult to pick up and was unlucky not to walk away with an assist to his name.
Frustrating afternoon for Ighalo
Troy Deeney (6): Making his 250th appearance for the club, it was one to forget for the Watford captain. Deeney worked hard but could not get any change from the Bournemouth defenders who prevented him from getting any genuine sights at goal.
Odion Ighalo (5): After an excellent start to the season, the Nigerian seems to have hit a bad run of form and missed three excellent opportunities to win the game for his side. One effort was saved by Artur Boruc, whilst two more shots did not even register on target.
Mario Suarez (7): The winter signing from Fiorentina brought some flair to the Watford attack when he came on for Capoue and seems to slowly be settling into the English game.
Almen Abdi (6): The midfielder came on for Amrabat after 83 minutes but had no time to make a significant impact.