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Watford 2-1 Newcastle United

Troy Deeney scores his second penalty against Newcastle
Deeney's goals against Newcastle were his first since the Premier League restarted and he now has eight in total this season

Troy Deeney scored two second-half penalties as Watford came from behind once more to beat Newcastle and open up vital breathing space as they battle to avoid relegation from the Premier League.

Newcastle were the better side in the first half at Vicarage Road and deserved the lead given to them when Dwight Gayle turned in Federico Fernandez's flick from Matt Ritchie's corner in the 23rd minute.

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.

They were handed a lifeline after 52 minutes when Deeney drilled home a spot-kick following Ritchie's foul on Kiko Femenia, and he repeated his heroics nine minutes from time after Javier Manquillo hauled down Ismaila Sarr in the box.

It gave Watford a priceless three points as they showed the same powers of recovery that saw them overturn a 1-0 deficit to beat doomed Norwich City in their previous home game - and crucially leaves them six points clear of Bournemouth in the bottom three, although the Cherries have played a game less.

Deeney holds his nerve to inspire Watford

Watford needed a big performance to rescue a mediocre first 45 minutes that left them facing defeat against visitors who had looked sharper and more urgent.

Cometh the hour cometh Watford's talisman, though, as captain Deeney put a barren sequence of only one league goal in his previous 10 games behind him to make the contribution that could yet keep the Hornets in the top flight.

The goals may have come from the penalty spot but the 32-year-old showed commendable nerve on both occasions, using his tried and trusted technique of sheer power to beat Newcastle keeper Martin Dubravka for the first spot-kick then winning a battle of wits to deliver in similar style late on when the pressure was at its peak.

It was just what Watford required to build on the home win against Norwich City, ensuring momentum was maintained and increasing the peril for the likes of Bournemouth and Aston Villa with Norwich City now relegated.

Manager Nigel Pearson has been involved in great escapes before, as an assistant at West Bromwich Albion and in charge at Leicester City - and this result goes a long way towards helping him preserve that record.

Newcastle run out of steam

Dwight Gayle scores for Newcastle
Gayle had not scored in the Premier League this season before football's shutdown in March, but he now has three goals in his last six appearances

Newcastle manager Steve Bruce would have been confident his side would make amends for the embarrassment of their 5-0 thrashing at Manchester City after a confident and impressive first half.

Sadly for Bruce and Newcastle, it was all downhill once referee Craig Pawson penalised Ritchie when his knee made contact with Femenia in the area just after half-time.

Watford gained the upper hand and did not let go as Newcastle faded badly, their fate sealed by Manquillo's unwise decision to tangle with Sarr as the Watford forward raced into the danger zone late on.

Given all the pre-season pessimism, and the lukewarm reception he received after succeeding the popular Rafael Benitez on Tyneside, Bruce has done a highly respectable job in consolidating Newcastle, especially with takeover talk a constant sub-plot to his work these days.

Now he must ensure Newcastle's season does not fizzle out too much at the finale.

Man of the match - Troy Deeney (Watford)

Troy Deeney celebrates after scoring his second penalty against Newcastle
Deeney dealt with the pressure superbly to convert both penalties in convincing fashion, and clinch a vital win for his side

What next? West Ham await Watford

Newcastle play Tottenham at home on Wednesday (18:00 BST) while Watford's next test is a trip to fellow strugglers West Ham on Friday (20:00 BST).

Line-ups

Watford

  • 26Foster
  • 21Femenía
  • 27Kabasele
  • 4Dawson
  • 11Masina
  • 29Capoue
  • 19HughesBooked at 90mins
  • 23Sarr
  • 16Doucouré
  • 10WelbeckSubstituted forGrayat 90+2'minutes
  • 9DeeneySubstituted forCleverleyat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Gomes
  • 6Mariappa
  • 8Cleverley
  • 14Chalobah
  • 15Cathcart
  • 17João Pedro
  • 18Gray
  • 33Pussetto
  • 37Pereyra

Newcastle

  • 1Dubravka
  • 19ManquilloBooked at 63mins
  • 6LascellesBooked at 45minsSubstituted forLazaroat 87'minutes
  • 18FernándezBooked at 77mins
  • 28RoseSubstituted forKrafthat 79'minutes
  • 10Saint-Maximin
  • 5SchärBooked at 84mins
  • 8Shelvey
  • 11RitchieSubstituted forJoelintonat 72'minutes
  • 24Almirón
  • 12GayleSubstituted forBentalebat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Joelinton
  • 13Muto
  • 17Krafth
  • 22Yedlin
  • 23Lazaro
  • 26Darlow
  • 30Atsu
  • 42Bentaleb
  • 43M Longstaff
Referee:
Craig Pawson

Match Stats

Home TeamWatfordAway TeamNewcastle
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home17
Away8
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away4
Fouls
Home23
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Watford 2, Newcastle United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Watford 2, Newcastle United 1.

Fabian Schär (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andre Gray (Watford).

Allan Saint-Maximin (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Christian Kabasele (Watford).

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Andre Gray replaces Danny Welbeck.

Foul by Fabian Schär (Newcastle United).

Craig Dawson (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Will Hughes (Watford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Joelinton (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Will Hughes (Watford).

Joelinton (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Abdoulaye Doucouré (Watford).

Attempt missed. Emil Krafth (Newcastle United) header from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Allan Saint-Maximin.

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Valentino Lazaro replaces Jamaal Lascelles.

Fabian Schär (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adam Masina (Watford).

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Tom Cleverley replaces Troy Deeney.

Booking

Fabian Schär (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Fabian Schär (Newcastle United).

Will Hughes (Watford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt blocked. Abdoulaye Doucouré (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Troy Deeney (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Will Hughes.

Goal! Watford 2, Newcastle United 1. Troy Deeney (Watford) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the high centre of the goal.

Penalty conceded by Javier Manquillo (Newcastle United) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Watford. Ismaila Sarr draws a foul in the penalty area.

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Emil Krafth replaces Danny Rose.

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Nabil Bentaleb replaces Dwight Gayle.

Attempt missed. Danny Welbeck (Watford) header from very close range misses to the left following a set piece situation.

Booking

Federico Fernández (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Federico Fernández (Newcastle United).

Ismaila Sarr (Watford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Miguel Almirón (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Danny Welbeck (Watford).

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Danny Rose.

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Joelinton replaces Matt Ritchie.

Foul by Javier Manquillo (Newcastle United).

Ismaila Sarr (Watford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Fabian Schär (Newcastle United).

goal

As It Stands

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Liverpool35303275264993
2Man City34223986345269
3Chelsea341861063461760
4Leicester34178964323259
5Man Utd341610859332658
6Wolves34131384537852
7Sheff Utd34131293533251
8Arsenal34121485042850
9Burnley35148133846-850
10Tottenham341310115244849
11Everton34129134149-845
12Southampton34135164356-1344
13Newcastle351110143652-1643
14Crystal Palace34119143043-1342
15Brighton34812143647-1136
16West Ham3597194459-1534
17Watford35810173354-2134
18Bournemouth3477203259-2728
19Aston Villa3476213665-2927
20Norwich3556242667-4121
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