Newcastle United completed a rich harvest from February when, in their sixth league match of the month, they took their tally to 13 points by overcoming a Watford side that was pretty in possession but toothless in front of goal. It was Newcastle’s first away win in six games since early December and extends their lead at the top of the division to six points, now from West Bromwich Albion.
And so the Newcastle juggernaut rolls on. What was remarkable about this victory was its almost complete lack of anything to remark on. Two goals, and a six-point lead at the top of Championship, compiled with the minimum of fuss.
The overriding emotion is one of frustration; dominance in the middle of the park is of limited value if you can’t defend a set piece, and don’t have the guile to unpick a defence. Enormously frustrating to see whatever neat passing we could fashion on what is suddenly a hugely unhelpful surface labour to create chances whilst free headers were being offered to Newcastle in our own box.