Date: 27th February 2010 at 6:05pm
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TWO sloppy set-plays undid Watford at the Vic` today as they slipped to a narrow defeat against high-flying Newcastle United. The Hornet`s were second-best for the majority of the game, but did offer some scant consolation in injury time as Will Hoskins grabbed just the sixth league goal of his Watford career.

With Tom Cleverley sitting out as he began his three match ban, Jon Harley was brought in down the left whilst Newcastle were able to call upon midfielder Kevin Nolan who was apparently injured in training yesterday.

Watford took the game to Newcastle early doors, but for the next ninety minutes, that was as good as it got. Jon Harley curled an effort towards the near-post which stung the hands of ‘keeper Steve Harper, before John Eustace looped a clever effort just over the bar whilst on the run.

After just four minutes, the visitors took the lead from a simple set-play, but the entirely preventable. A foul on Jonas Gutierrez from Don Cowie sent the Argie international flying and from the resulting free kick, national team-mate Fabricio Coloccini flattened Aidy Mariappa to nod home at the near post following an Andy Carroll flick-on.

Just after the break, Newcastle doubled their lead with another set-piece. This time a corner from the right was simply needed home at the near post by local lad, Andy Carroll. The 6`3″ centre-forward with eight league goals this season was afforded the luxury of acres of space to steer his header past Scott Loach.

With Watford`s reluctance to shoot from a range any greater than the six yard box it became increasingly apparent it would not be the Hornet`s day as time after time the Newcastle back four gobbled up the Hornet`s tentative balls towards the area. There was also an increasingly frustrating tendency to lob balls into the edge of the eighteen yard-box where six-footers Mike Williamson and Coloccini were able to simply send the ball back where it came from.

However, with the board for injury time having just gone up, Watford did offer slight hope for the packed Vicarage Road crowd as substitute Will Hoskins was able to turn and thrash a loose ball past Steve Harper after the Magpies backline stopped to collectively appeal for an offside that for a change, hadn`t been given.

Full-time: 1-2
Watford: Loach; Mariappa, DeMerit (c), Taylor, Doyley; Cowie (McGinn), Lansbury, Eustace, Harley (Hoskins); Helguson; Graham.

Newcastle United: Harper; Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Van Aanholt; Guthrie (Pancrate), Nolan, Smith (c), Gutierrez (R.Taylor); Carroll and Best (Ranger).

Bookings: Watford: Harley and Helguson. Newcastle: Best, Nolan, Smith, Van Aanholt and Williamson.

Referee: Mr Anthony Bates


6 Replies to “Magpies Steal Three Points”

  • I’m surprised to hear Malky say he was impressed with his players and that we dominated… its all well and good doing all the work Mackay if we don’t shoot…. I’m not sure I agree that we deserved a point but I also don’t think it as a comfortable for Toon as the tabloids are suggesting this morning.

  • Yeah, me too: ‘If we can play that well against the best side in the division then we’ll be ok’. The fact of the matter was in the final third we offered nothing right until the end, and that only after Hoskins scored. Newcastle were hardly the world beaters they’ve been made out to be, and at 2-0 up they were more than happy to sit with two banks of four and soak us up because they knew we couldn’t break them down or beat them arielly.

  • Didn’t think we were outclassed, certainly missed cleverly, pitch was heavy, I laugh at the toon army if they think they will survive in the premiership with that team.

  • If the away side could have given their goalie the day off and still have won,I would say that the home side must have been outclassed.

    We rarely turned their defence or created more than half chances.

    It was very easy for N Utd until last 5 minutes.

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