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

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Watford Observer

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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’.

A annoying and frustrating trip to Newcastle for the Hornets, but, the following day, Jon. Mike and Colin aren’t too upset about the defeat. On Sunday afternoon, they discuss the game, Watford’s coverage in the press this week and reflect on the sad loss of the Leicester City Chairman.

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3rd November 2007- Championship, Watford 0 West Bromwich Albion 3

West Brom ended Watford’s unbeaten home run this season by comprehensively outclassing the Championship leaders.

Watford’s big men were undone by Tony Mowbray’s more supple outfit, but the fact that both sides received standing ovations was an indication of the quality served up. They are both better than Derby.

 If I had my way, I’d lock the muppets who cheered Mahon’s substitution up in a sealed room with the individuals in my neighbourhood who saw fit to release fireworks at midnight last night and throw away the key.  Protecting the gene pool from terminal stupidity, y’see.  The horror of the evolutionary potential of this sealed room is perhaps a concern, but in reality if its inhabitants ever worked out how to procreate the offspring would at least preserve the future of radio phone-ins.  Which in turn keeps Victoria Derbyshire off the programmes that anyone ever actually listens to.

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3rd November 1998- New Division One, Watford 1 Norwich City 1

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BSAD imageBSAD report: So, as an early spell of Norwich pressing faded away, the Hornets began to show their credentials, not as cocky newcomers but as genuine First Division challengers. For me, watching the Bury goals on telly offered two moments of clattering realisation – the quality of Darren Bazeley’s goal, sure, but also the sheer big-kid-in-the-playground power of Allan Smart’s strike. Goddamn, this side has the potential to be as celebrated as any of its GT-assembled predecessors.

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