Tag: Newcastle United
If there is anyone who has failed to grasp why Marco Silva’s reputation as a manager soars, take a look at Watford clinically dismantling Newcastle and pause for a moment to consider how easy they made it look.
How times have changed. Not just in that we come up to St.James’ Park and win, not just that such a win isn’t a smash and grab or a massive shock in itself, though both of those are remarkable. The truly monumental thing is that we can come here and not play that well, actually, and win 3-0.
The walk to St James’s Park is all uphill, but that is just the appetiser before the trek up to Level 7. As we climbed, there were posters warning about the dangers and penalties for pyrotechnics. One dire warning suggested that you could end up in A&E. I was concerned that the walk to the gods was more likely to send me there.
As I was travelling home it was revealed that we would be featured first on Match of the Day, an incredibly rare occurrence after a Watford victory. Unfortunately for me, Newcastle was so far away from my flat that I wouldn’t make it back in time for the start of the show.
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.