Super Eagles forward Odion Ighalo failed to get on the score sheet as Watford and Bournemouth both missed good chances at Vicarage Road to share spoils following a 0-0 score line after 90 minutes.
The Nigerian international who is the Hornets’ lead striker had the best of those opportunities when his header from eight yards sailed over the bar. He also fired over the bar from 12 yards from a quick free-kick, and forced Artur Boruc into an early save.
Watford boss Flores made four changes to the team that beat Leeds United in the FA Cup last week, with Gomes, Nathan Aké, Valon Behrami and Ighalo all returning to the side.
This meant that Gomes started in goal and was protected by a back-four consisting of Juan Carlos Paredes, Craig Cathcart, Miguel Britos and the returning Aké.
Ben Watson kept his place in defensive midfield alongside Étienne Capoue and Behrami, leaving Nordin Amrabat and Deeney to form an attacking threat behind Ighalo.
Ighalo had two excellent second-half chances but failed to hit the target with both, while Troy Deeney also came close to breaking the deadlock for Quique Sanchez Flores’ side.
Bournemouth also had a number of good opportunities, with Heurelho Gomes pulling of two excellent saves to deny both Harry Arter and Max Gradel and ensure the Hornets held onto their second draw against Bournemouth this season.
Watford now have 37 points and might only need about 42 to secure Premier League survival with a estimated £100m guaranteed for retaining top-flight status. Their next trip is away tie at Manchester United on Wednesday.