Watford condemned Newcastle to a fourth straight defeat with a comfortable away win at St James’ Park.Will Hughes put Marco Silva’s side into the lead in the first half with a well-taken shot that went in off the post. DeAndre Yedlin’s own goal doubled Watford’s advantage just before the break, and Andre Gray struck from close range on 62 minutes.
Newcastle’s fourth straight defeat sees them slip down to 13th in the table, while Watford’s fourth away win of the season leaves them in eighth.Rafa Benitez’s side looked short of threat up front, with two efforts from Joselu their only shots on target.Reaction from today’s Premier League gamesRelive the action from St James’ ParkWatford were impressive in recording their second clean sheet in a row, and are only a point behind Liverpool, Arsenal and Burnley immediately above them.Silva’s road warriorsMarco Silva’s side soaked up Newcastle’s early pressure before asserting themselves.For the seventh time this season, they scored at least twice in an away outing, pointing to a desire to not just sit back once a lead has been taken.
Marvin Zeegelaar and Richarlison combined nicely on the left flank to give the Newcastle defence problems throughout the day.Gray could have underlined Watford’s dominance by scoring a hat-trick, but he saw two shots slip a long way wide after finding himself in space.The win came at the end of a week during which Silva had been the subject of renewed interest from Everton, and this win demonstrated why the ex-Hull boss is so highly-prized.Watford, who can now call upon captain Troy Deeney following the end of his three-match ban for violent conduct, face Manchester United, Tottenham and Burnley next.After that, all their December fixtures are against sides currently below them in the table, giving them a chance of extending their run in the top half of the Premier League.Problems for NewcastleNewcastle had risen as high as fourth in the table, albeit after five games of the season, but their downward trajectory is badly timed, given the talk of a potential £300m sale by club owner Mike Ashley to PCP Partners.Chants for Aleksandar Mitrovic, who Benitez brought on to replace the struggling Joselu in the second half, summed up an air of frustration that was palpable after Watford took the lead.
Mohamed Diame made his second Premier League start of the season, replacing the suspended Isaac Hayden, but the Senegalese did not have the impact Benitez would have hoped for.This defeat was the second successive time that Newcastle had failed to score at St James’ Park, and a tough-looking December is on the cards, with trips to Arsenal and Chelsea followed by the visit of current leaders Man City.What they saidNewcastle manager Rafa Benitez: “We made a couple of mistakes and we paid for that. They had a couple of runs down their left which were difficult to control. We were pushing in the first half, we were on top for a while but then didn’t score.
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“We have to realise where we are, what we have and where we want to be. I’ve said before it is going to be a tough season and we have to keep working as hard as possible.”Watford boss Marco Silva: “We won the game, really important for us, we got a fantastic result.
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“We deserved the three points. We had very good moments, we scored the first goal through something we planned. The confidence in some moments was good, we knew they were strong in the long balls and first and second balls and I think we controlled really well.”It is important for our players to play with this confidence. It is important for them to rest now and we have a hard game against Manchester United on Tuesday.”Man of the match – Marvin Zeegelaar
Hornets buzzing on the road – the statsWatford have won more away Premier League points in their seven games this season (13) than they did in 19 on the road in 2016-17 (12).This was also Watford’s biggest away win in the Premier League, and their biggest on the road in the top flight since a 5-1 victory vs Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in May 1986.Will Hughes has scored in back-to-back league games for the first time in his career.No player has been involved in more away goals in the Premier League this season than Richarlison (four goals, three assists).21 points from 13 games marks Watford’s joint-best ever start to a top-flight season, equalling the number set in their first ever such campaign in 1982-83, when they finished second.Newcastle have never won a Premier League game in which they’ve been two or more goals behind at half-time, drawing three and losing 64.This is only the second time that Rafael Benitez has suffered back-to-back home defeats in the Premier League as manager, with the other occasion coming with Liverpool in January 2005 (vs Chelsea and Manchester United).What’s next?Both sides are in action again on Tuesday, 28 November – Newcastle travel to West Brom, while Watford will host Manchester United. Both matches kick off at 20:00 GMT.Line-upsMatch StatsLive TextLine-upsNewcastle1Elliot22Yedlin20Lejeune2Clark19Manquillo11Ritchie8ShelveyBooked at 15mins10DiaméSubstituted forMerinoat 69’minutes7MurphySubstituted forPérezat 77’minutes9Gayle21JoseluSubstituted forMitrovicat 69’minutesSubstitutes16Aarons17Pérez18Mbemba23Merino26Darlow27Gámez45MitrovicWatford1Gomes6Mariappa27Kabasele3BritosSubstituted forPrödlat 52’minutesBooked at 90mins21Femenía19HughesSubstituted forCarrilloat 84’minutes16Doucouré8Cleverley22ZeegelaarBooked at 24mins11RicharlisonSubstituted forPereyraat 79’minutes18GraySubstitutes2Janmaat5Prödl23Watson28Carrillo29Capoue30Karnezis37PereyraReferee:Chris KavanaghAttendance:52,188Match StatsHome TeamNewcastleAway TeamWatfordPossessionHome52%Away48%ShotsHome12Away12Shots on TargetHome2Away4CornersHome6Away3FoulsHome8Away13Live TextPosted at Match ends, Newcastle United 0, Watford 3.Full TimePosted at 90’+4′ Second Half ends, Newcastle United 0, Watford 3.BookingPosted at 90’+2′ Sebastian Prödl (Watford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.Posted at 90’+1′ Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.Posted at 90’+1′ Foul by Sebastian Prödl (Watford).Posted at 90′ Attempt missed. Tom Cleverley (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by André Carrillo.Posted at 88′ Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 88′ Foul by Abdoulaye Doucouré (Watford).Posted at 87′ Hand ball by Mikel Merino (Newcastle United).Posted at 86′ Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Christian Kabasele.Posted at 86′ Attempt blocked. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mikel Merino with a cross.SubstitutionPosted at 84′ Substitution, Watford. André Carrillo replaces Will Hughes.Posted at 82′ Attempt saved. Andre Gray (Watford) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sebastian Prödl.Posted at 82′ Ciaran Clark (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 82′ Foul by Roberto Pereyra (Watford).Posted at 81′ Attempt missed. Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Aleksandar Mitrovic.Posted at 80′ Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.Posted at 80′ Foul by Tom Cleverley (Watford).SubstitutionPosted at 79′ Substitution, Watford. Roberto Pereyra replaces Richarlison.Posted at 77′ Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.Posted at 77′ Foul by Tom Cleverley (Watford).SubstitutionPosted at 77′ Substitution, Newcastle United. Ayoze Pérez replaces Jacob Murphy.Posted at 74′ Offside, Newcastle United. Mikel Merino tries a through ball, but Aleksandar Mitrovic is caught offside.Posted at 71′ Mikel Merino (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 71′ Foul by Will Hughes (Watford).Posted at 70′ Florian Lejeune (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 70′ Foul by Andre Gray (Watford).SubstitutionPosted at 69′ Substitution, Newcastle United. Aleksandar Mitrovic replaces Joselu.SubstitutionPosted at 69′ Substitution, Newcastle United. Mikel Merino replaces Mohamed Diamé.Posted at 68′ Foul by Mohamed Diamé (Newcastle United).Posted at 68′ Will Hughes (Watford) wins a free kick on the right wing.Posted at 67′ Attempt saved. Joselu (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jacob Murphy.Posted at 65′ Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Marvin Zeegelaar.Posted at 64′ DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 64′ Foul by Richarlison (Watford).Goal!Posted at 62′ Goal! Newcastle United 0, Watford 3. Andre Gray (Watford) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Richarlison with a cross.Posted at 60′ Attempt missed. Andre Gray (Watford) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Marvin Zeegelaar with a cross.Posted at 59′ Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Christian Kabasele.Posted at 58′ Foul by Joselu (Newcastle United).Posted at 58′ Adrian Mariappa (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Show more updatesgoal
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