Joao Pedro’s equalizer saw Newcastle again penalized for conceding late goals, as Watford snatched a 1-1 draw and avoided falling into the bottom three.
The 20-year-old emerged in the 88th minute for a nod of his head from Kiko Femenha’s superb cross – Magpies have lost 21 Premier League winning positions this season.
The ‘six landing’ brought a thoroughly enjoyable first run – aided by Toon’s inflated army – but it ended without a shot on target.
Newcastle struggles to take the lead
Newcastle scored the first goal in 10 different Premier League games this season, but went on to win one of those (D6 L3).
Joelinton should have sent off Newcastle twice as well. Both chances came from corners with Kieran Trippier joining Ryan Fraser on a steady assignment. Joelinton first moved the ball to the underside of the crossbar, before firing off a far ball as Fraser sent a superb ball to the back post.
Newcastle deserved to take the lead less than five minutes into the first half. Jeremy Njakia put in a fine performance to keep Saint-Maximin calm in the first half, but a moment of poor control allowed the Newcastle midfielder to qualify.
Saint-Maximin did better when the duo battled for the ball, and they drove into the area. Newcomer Samir passed Watford before making a difficult effort in the bottom corner to give Newcastle a vital lead (49). However, this turned out to be the only shot of the hosts on goal in the entire 90 minutes.
The goal seemed to galvanize Watford, who had been looking to end a six-game losing streak in the Premier League, and had the best chances of the match as time went on after the hour.
- Newcastle made three changes after losing 1-0 to Cambridge in the FA Cup. Chris Wood made his debut with Kieran Trippier, as was his first Premier League start. Wood came along with Paul Dummett and Jamal Lascelles, replacing Emile Kraft, Matt Ritchie, and Jacob Murphy.
- Watford added newcomers Samir, Edo Kembe and Hassan Kamara to the starting line-up, bringing important changes from the team that lost to Leicester in the FA Cup. Only Jeremy Njakia, Craig Cathcart and Moussa Sissoko retained their positions, and Ben Foster and Emmanuel Dennis returned to the squad. Their two teammates, who are back due to injury, Kiko Femenha and Christian Capacile, sit on the bench.
Joao Pedro saw an effort ring in Martin Dubravka’s hand. Next was the Christmas Boys’ Battle where Joshua King – celebrating his 30th birthday – drove to the area. However, Dubravka – 33 – came out to choke off the final shot.
Moussa Sissoko almost came back to haunt his former club, after spending three years at Newcastle. It came after another good break from Watford, where Emmanuel Denis rode some challenges, before setting the ball up for Sissoko to his right. However, despite his impressive run, the Hornets captain paid off his efforts in the far corner.
But Watford scored a deserved equalizer thanks to Joao Pedro’s header, to keep the Hornets above the relegation zone by one point after Norwich’s 2-1 win over Everton.
There were loud boos from Newcastle fans throughout, with some leaving after the draw at Watford, where Magpies are 19th on 12 points.
Newcastle: Dubravka (7), Trippier (7), Lascelles (7), Schar (7), Dummett (7), Shelvey (7), Joelinton (6), Longstaff (6), Fraser (7), Saint-Maximin (6 )), wood (6).
Submarines used: Murphy (6), Almiron (unknown).
Watford: Foster (6), Njakia (6), Cathcart (6), Sameer (7), Kamara (7), Coca (7), Sissoko (6), Kaembe (6), Dennis (7), King (7), Joao Pedro (8).
Submarines used: Feminia (7), Cleverly (unknown), Hernandez (unknown).
man of the match: Joao Pedro.
Merson: Newcastle looked nervous after their goal
On Saturday, Paul Merson said:
“At one point, it was all great, the fans were singing, the atmosphere was great, they were 1-0 up and it looked like they were going to go on to win the match.
“Saint-Maximin took a kick in the ankle, lasted another 10 minutes and then bought Almiron for him – then the match changed. Femenya kept taking it the other way, Watford played and got the game back.
“Then the fans started booing at the end. Newcastle didn’t benefit when they were 1-0 up. They got nervous, couldn’t put four passes together – or even three – and in the end I thought Watford deserved the fee.
“When Newcastle scored the goal and they started sitting down, the game started to stretch. Fair play against Watford. That’s why I think they’re going to stay where they are, and soon… when the game starts, they have the players who are going to make things happen and hurt the teams.
“All the way, before the end of the season, they will have another big result where they win a game. They have a huge game on Friday night when they face Norwich at home… If Watford win, they can spread Eagle and I say that because five points can To be a lot of points.”
How did Chris Wood perform in his debut?
Charlotte Marsh from Sky Sports:
“It was a game of two halves for Wood, and it was no surprise that he played the central attacking role that Callum Wilson regularly held before his injury.
Fraser sent in some nice balls from the right with other contributions from the opponent’s side from Saint-Maximin and Joelinton, but Wood never found that finishing touch.
“But he took first place in the Newcastle squad in the first half for shots (3), shots inside the penalty area (3) and touches in the penalty area (6).
“Watford seemed to find out too and take him out of the game after the break. Wood didn’t have more shots and only added one more touch in the penalty area.
“It was a further reflection of Newcastle’s performance in the second half as they allowed Watford to get back into the game, but there was still plenty of time for Wood to hit the target he intended to achieve when he signed his contract earlier this week.”
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Man of the Match – Joao Pedro
It was a great performance for the 20-year-old. The charts are issued in the match for shots (6), shots on goal (3) and shots inside the penalty area (4). The Brazilian took his target incredibly well and could be vital in the upcoming relegation battle.
Opta stats – Watford reclaim battle for vital tie
- Watford remained the only team in England’s top four leagues without a clean sheet in the league this season. The Hornets have conceded in their last 29 Premier League games since their 3-0 win over Liverpool in February 2020.
- All five of Allan Saint-Maximin’s Premier League goals for Newcastle this season have come in home matches – no player has scored more in the competition this season without having moved away from home.
- Kiko Femenha has provided three assists for Latford in the Premier League this season, more than he made in his first 80 appearances for the Hornets in the competition (2).
Friday January 21 7:00 pm
Newcastle return to the Premier League next Saturday when they travel to Leeds. Match starts at 3 pm. Watford are playing two big Premier League matches against the other teams in the bottom three alongside Newcastle.
They will travel to Burnley on Tuesday evening before facing Norwich live on Friday Night Football. The match starts at 8 pm.