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11th July 2020- Premier League, Watford 2 Newcastle United 1

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Watford Observer Nigel Pearson wants Watford to remain calm and focused

Nigel Pearson believes his Watford players still find it difficult without fans

Referee: Craig Pawson Paying Attendance:0
First half
Second half
Troy Deeney 52 (pen), 1-1
Troy Deeney 82 (pen), 2-1

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The upshot of Deeney’s 28th and 29th successful penalties for the club he has served for nearly ten years is that the Hornets’ destiny remains firmly in their own hands with three games remaining. It isn’t quite snookers but Bournemouth alone now, because of the goal difference, need seven points to overtake the Golden Boys in their last four games, one of which is against Manchester City. And that’s without the Hornets getting anymore points.

Watford beat Newcastle United 2-1 at Vicarage Road

The Hornets were underwhelming in the first-half and the visitors deservedly led through Dwight Gayle. However, two second-half penalties from Troy Deeney turned the game in Watford’s favour, taking them six points clear of the bottom three.

Nigel Pearson thinks Watford still have work to do before they are safe

Troy Deeney insists Watford should be doing better despite important wins

Watford players rated after Newcastle victory

Will Hughes praises Troy Deeney’s impact in Watford win over Newcastle

BBC Sport Watford, who hit the post through Danny Welbeck, were indebted to a vital save by Ben Foster from Allan Saint-Maximim before the break – leaving them in position to mount another recovery in the second half.

sky The hosts improved after the restart as Kiko Femenia was brought down inside the box by Matt Ritchie, allowing Deeney to level (52). The Watford captain completed the turnaround with a carbon copy from the spot after Javier Manquillo upended Ismaila Sarr (82), as Nigel Pearson’s side moved six points clear of the relegation zone.

guardian Minute by minute

The basis of Pearson’s success has been his ability to organise this team defensively. At times since the restart it has been tempting to wonder if there is another gear in there, if Watford are programmed to start every game like a team clinging on to a narrow 1-0 lead in the 88th minute against Barcelona 2011

BHappy imageThe build up to both penalties was agonising.  Not having showered yet as I write this on Sunday morning my hair is still bent in the twisted contortions my fingers forced it into in the interminable build up, exacerbated by the TV director’s fondness for dramatic close-ups at the expense of following what and when was happening on the pitch.   Both penalties were dispatched with exactly the bloody-mindedness, venom and decisiveness that you’d been praying for, that you’d seen in your mind’s eye, like something out of a Marvel movie.  The first bang down the middle, the second high to the keeper’s right, both were pressure shots.  Taking a kick like that in front of a full stadium is one thing, taking it in front of an empty stadium with the responsibility undiminished but without the will of the crowd behind you something else.  Goes without saying, this took cojones (thanks Pete).  Dubravka would have needed to be right behind either to stand a chance.  He wasn’t.

FTRE-WFC-Podcast It was (yet another!) must win game for Watford…and they did it! With their blood pressure slowly settling down and smiles on their faces, Jon, Jas and Mike gathered to discuss the latest valuable victory for the golden boys.

31st August 2019- Premier League, Newcastle United 1 Watford 1

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Newcastle United 1 – 1 Watford

Watford get first league point away at Newcastle United

Watford earn their first points of the new season with a draw at Newcastle United

Javi Gracia wants to build on Watford draw against Newcastle United

Javi Gracia thinks all of Watford’s players deserve to play more

A selection of images from Watford’s draw at Newcastle United

Will Hughes thinks Watford could have got more from draw at Newcastle United

Watford earned their first point of the season with a 1-1 draw against Newcastle after an end-to-end contest at St James’ Park.

After a barren start to the season in which his side had conceded seven times, Watford manager Javi Gracia adjusted both the shape and personnel of the team for their trip to the north east.

Despite Newcastle’s encouraging, if unexpected, win at Tottenham last Sunday, the crowd of 44,157 was the lowest for a Premier League fixture at St James’ Park in seven years. Those that turned up saw Gracia enjoy the sort of morale-boosting start his side so desperately needed in the wake of three straight defeats. After two minutes Tom Cleverley’s 20-yard shot was deflected into the path of Will Hughes, who delighted in beating Martin Dubravka from close range.

It felt like hard work for all concerned. Two functional teams struggling to find their rhythm, delivering a contest so littered with mistakes you had to remind yourself it was a Premier League match.

Gracia finally made a double substitution with 20 minutes to go, and it was not the change that the crowd had been calling for as Doucouré made way for Chalobah and Success replaced Hughes.  I have to admit that even I booed the removal of Hughes who had been the best player on the pitch.  Will left the field on the side opposite the dugout, so walked in front of the away fans and his name was sung with some gusto.  Success showed his worth to us naysayers as he received a ball over the top and put in a low cross for Gray, but it was intercepted.  Not satisfied with the changes so far, the away fans were chanting for Deulofeu to make an appearance.

This week Jon is on the phone to Colin, who made the trip up to Tyneside and up the 14 flights of stairs to the away section at St James Park. Colin gives his views on the teams performance as well as the individuals who got the Hornets their first Premier League point of the season.

26th January 2019- FA Cup Fourth Round, Newcastle United 0 Watford 2

Referee:
David Coote
Attendance:
34,604
Goal 1
Goal 2

FA Cup Report: Newcastle United 0-2 Watford

Gracia: “I Believe In All My Players”

Success: “It Was A Big Fight”

FA Cup Highlights: Newcastle United 0-2 Watford

Gray: “Everyone Is Ready And We Showed That”

Gallery: Newcastle United v Watford

Affleck’s Angle: Britos Empire

RELIVE:Watford progress to FA Cup fifth round with win away at Newcastle United

Watford through to the FA Cup fifth round with victory over Newcastle United

Javi Gracia wants Watford to progress in the FA Cup after beating Newcastle United

Performances rated as Watford defeat Newcastle United in the FA Cup

Andre Gray says Europe is a real possibility after win over Newcastle United

Watford head coach Javi Gracia happy for all his players after FA Cup victory over Newcastle United

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…

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Watford’s road to the FA Cup final: A fourth round triumph on Tyneside

29th December 2018- Premier League, Watford 1 Newcastle United 1

Jon Marks BBC 3CR commentary   Goals: 1

Match Report: Watford 1-1 Newcastle United

Gracia: “The Game Was Difficult”

Doucouré: “A Good Lesson For Us”

Highlights: Watford 1-1 Newcastle United

Gallery: Watford v Newcastle United

Relive our coverage of Watford’s final game of 2018 against Newcastle United

Watford vs Newcastle United: Abdoulaye Doucoure salvages a point

Watford vs Newcastle United: Javi Gracia defends decision to make six changes

Our Watford player ratings against Newcastle United

A selection of images from Watford’s draw with Newcastle United

The Watford manager made six changes to his starting XI as his side played a third Premier League game in eight days. When asked if that was too many he said: “If you see the result you can say that, but I don’t agree.

Salomon Rondon gave the visitors a surprise lead in the first half (29) shortly after Gerard Deulofeu squandered a great opportunity to put the hosts in front. But Watford grabbed a deserved equaliser through substitute Doucoure (82), who converted his powerful header from close range.

The visitors will feel they should have finished Watford off in the second half as Rondon headed over from Ritchie’s cross and the latter player shot straight at Foster. But they lacked a cutting edge and while they played with plenty of heart it was not enough to hold on as Watford, who had failed to offer much of note themselves, eventually exposed poor defending eight minutes from the end.

Doucouré gave the hosts more security and thrust in midfield when introduced by Gracia and headed an equaliser from 10 yards after a rare accurate delivery by Deulofeu.

Newcastle hit us with their stock goal and it’s a Neal Ardley to Heidar Helguson tribute act. Matt Ritchie swings a beast of a cross in from the left to our far post and Rondón rises to dump a header past the helpless Ben Foster. Newcastle aren’t a great side, Ray Lewington’s Watford side weren’t great either however lovable but that goal more than kept us up and it’ll keep them up too.

That is the second time that we have played Newcastle this season and the second time that we have come away frustrated.  The visitors were certainly more impressive than they had been at St James’ Park, but we should have challenged them more.  They had come to put 10 men behind the ball and Watford just couldn’t find a way to break them down.  While there had been a lot of changes, the starting XI should have been good enough to create more than they did in the first half.  The performance was considerably better when Deeney and Doucouré came on.  They battled more when the opposition had the ball and we generally looked more dangerous.  We also missed Holebas’s attacking prowess.

Newcastle came with a game plan and it almost paid off. Watford were too slow and couldn’t breakdown a resolute defence.

3rd November 2018- Premier League, Newcastle United 1 Watford 0

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Watford FC Official Site

Match Report: Newcastle United 1-0 Watford

Gracia: “I Can’t Be Disappointed With My Players”

Highlights: Newcastle United 1-0 Watford

Mariappa: “It’s A Lesson We Have To Learn From”

Affleck’s Angle: Spurned Chances At St James’ Park

Gallery: Newcastle United v Watford

FPL Review: Gameweek 11

Away Days: Newcastle United

Watford Observer

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IN PICTURES: Images from Watford’s defeat at Newcastle United

Adrian Mariappa: Wasteful Watford frustrate defender during Newcastle United loss

skyNewcastle recorded their first Premier League victory of the season as Ayoze Perez scored in a 1-0 win over Watford on Saturday.  Having failed to win any of their opening 10 league games of a season for just the second time in their history, the relief around St James Park’ was clear to see when the striker headed home (64).

BBC SportThe Magpies rode their luck in the first half, with Watford duo Adrian Mariappa and Gerard Deulofeu both guilty of spurning excellent opportunities to put the Hornets ahead.

guardianIt might have been very different had Deufoleu been wearing his shooting boots but Fernández held Newcastle together commendably, his presence serving as a form of gloriously adhesive super-glue.

TelegraphThe joy that erupted was followed by anxiety, with 25 minutes still left to play. Watford should have equalised, Andre Gray denied a tap-in by a magnificent last-ditch tackle from Kenedy before Stefano Okaka scooped over from six yards in stoppage time. “If you don’t kill the game when you have chance to do it, something like this can happen,” said manager Javi Gracia.

BHappy imageYeah.  Defeat, then.  A bloody long way to come for an underwhelming outcome.  If there was a consolation it was that there are worse places to visit than Newcastle with its admirable carpet of proper pubs.  We visited a third before braving the train journey home.

FranThere were a lot of angry Watford fans after the game.  There was some justification for this as Newcastle had been very poor and were there for the taking.  But the first half performance had been impressive and the Hornets should have been 3 or 4 up at half time.  If the Pereyra shot that hit the crossbar early in the second half had gone in, we would have won the game.  But Newcastle worked hard, managed to get a goal from a set piece and it seemed to be game over from that point.  Still it is very dispiriting to hear so much anger directed at the players who have entertained us wonderfully so far this season.  We are half way to safety with less than 30% of the games played, so are already on the way to having a great season.  There will be the odd blip, but that shouldn’t derail the support as we are all in this together.  It would be great if some of our more volatile supporters could remember that.

The Hornets NestA game that we should have won comfortably but didn’t.
The definition of ‘doing a Watford’.

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