Andre Gray and Isaac Success were on target as Watford edged past Newcastle to reach the FA Cup fifth round.
As he had done in the previous round, Watford boss Javi Gracia made 11 changes for the trip to St James’ Park but saw his understudies outplay Rafael Benitez’s reshuffled side, whose record of not having made it past the fourth round since 2006 remains painfully intact.
Watford at least had the wherewithal to find a couple of decent passes after the interval, which led to the decisive goals. From the first, delivered by the clever left foot of Will Hughes, Andre Gray rattled in a low shot just past the hour. From the second, supplied by the lively Domingos Quina, Isaac Success tapped in at the far post as the clock ticked on to 90 minutes.
“We had control,” said head coach Javier Garcia. “We have played Newcastle twice before this season and not managed to win, but this was a really good performance.”
As we sat down with our drinks for the post-match analysis, the most astute observation was that it appeared that two moments of quality from a different match had been inserted into a dreadful game.
I’m trying desperately hard not get carried away. There’s a long way to go but I can’t help but feel that maybe, just maybe, this could be our year…