The FA Cup - Third Round
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Watford 1-0 Newcastle United

Watford striker Troy Deeney was gifted a first-half winner as Newcastle failed to progress past the FA Cup third round for the fourth successive season.

Newcastle created the better first-half chances, forcing Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes into a string of saves.

But Georginio Wijnaldum's poor backpass allowed Deeney to race clear and round keeper Rob Elliot before slotting in.

Newcastle shaded a scrappy tie after the break, Ayoze Perez curling wide and Aleksandar Mitrovic almost sliding in.

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Toothless Watford make Newcastle pay

Many modern-day Premier League managers tend to make sweeping changes to their teams in the FA Cup third round - but not Watford coach Quique Sanchez Flores and Newcastle counterpart Steve McClaren.

Flores spoke glowingly about the prestige of the competition before the match, while also admitting that a run to the latter stages would stretch his limited resources.

However, the Spaniard made just four changes for the visit of Newcastle, notably dropping 14-goal top scorer Odion Ighalo to the bench.

The Nigerian has netted 56% of his side's 25 Premier League goals this season and the Hornets rarely looked like scoring without him - other than when Wijnaldum miscued his attempted pass in-between centre-backs Chancel Mbemba and Fabricio Coloccini.

Watford striker Troy Deeney
Watford skipper Troy Deeney scored the winner with his seventh goal of the season

McClaren's tactical switch fails

Scoring has been a major problem for Newcastle this season, having netted the third-lowest total in the Premier League with 19 goals in their 20 matches.

And this latest blank extended their barren scoring run to a fourth consecutive match.

Newcastle boss McClaren made just one enforced change from the 1-0 defeat against Arsenal, saying he wanted to build momentum from the impressive - but ultimately fruitless - performance at Emirates Stadium.

But the former England boss did decide to switch system at Vicarage Road, going to a 3-5-2 formation in a bid to contain Watford's front two of Deeney and Ighalo's replacement Obbi Oulare.

The result was that his team lacked cohesion and fluency in a frustrating first half.

Same old scoring problems...

Despite struggling to get to grips with a different system, Newcastle did create better opportunities than their hosts in the opening 35 minutes.

Home keeper Gomes saved smartly when Daryl Janmaat cut inside from the right flank and shot low from 12 yards, while Mitrovic flicked Perez's corner goalwards at the near post.

McClaren reverted to a more familiar 4-4-2 after the break, sparking a slicker display, but his team still failed to make their 55% possession count.

Spanish forward Perez curled inches past the right-hand post from Mitrovic's knockdown, while the Serb striker came agonisingly close to Moussa Sissoko's low cross at the far post.

And the away side's profligacy led to a chorus of boos from some travelling supporters at the final whistle.

Manager reaction

Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores: "We are very happy because we are in the next round and that was the target.

"We respect the cup and we try to put out the best team that is possible. We try to be competitive in every competition so for us it is a very happy day."

Newcastle manager Steve McClaren: "We're all angry and frustrated. The players in there, believe you me, they're disappointed.

"We've performed today on a difficult pitch, in difficult circumstances, and I think we've dominated and controlled the game. We can't ask anymore.

"Fifty thousand people have to get behind this team and support this team. We have to stick together. I know it's difficult, it's difficult for all of us to show a little bit of patience, but there's work going on and Tuesday at Manchester United is the next challenge for us."

What's next?

Back to Premier League action for both sides.

Third-bottom Newcastle aim to end a run of four successive 1-0 defeats when they host Manchester United on Tuesday.

Ninth-placed Watford, who have not won in three top-flight games, go to Southampton on Wednesday.

Line-ups

Watford

  • 1Gomes
  • 2Nyom
  • 5Prödl
  • 15Cathcart
  • 25Holebas
  • 7JuradoSubstituted forIghaloat 73'minutes
  • 17GuédiouraBooked at 83mins
  • 23Watson
  • 20BerghuisSubstituted forAbdiat 63'minutes
  • 9Deeney
  • 10OularéSubstituted forAnyaat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Britos
  • 19Ibarbo
  • 21Anya
  • 22Abdi
  • 24Ighalo
  • 29Capoue
  • 34Arlauskis

Newcastle

  • 21Elliot
  • 18Mbemba
  • 2ColocciniSubstituted forLascellesat 45'minutes
  • 3Dummett
  • 22Janmaat
  • 7Sissoko
  • 24TiotéBooked at 37minsSubstituted forde Jongat 82'minutes
  • 5Wijnaldum
  • 43MbabuSubstituted forThauvinat 52'minutes
  • 17Pérez
  • 45Mitrovic

Substitutes

  • 10de Jong
  • 11Gouffran
  • 15Lascelles
  • 20Thauvin
  • 26Darlow
  • 36Toney
  • 42Sterry
Referee:
Roger East
Attendance:
18,259

Match Stats

Home TeamWatfordAway TeamNewcastle
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home5
Away8
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away9
Fouls
Home11
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Watford 1, Newcastle United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Watford 1, Newcastle United 0.

Attempt missed. Florian Thauvin (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United).

Troy Deeney (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Craig Cathcart (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle United).

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

Foul by Odion Ighalo (Watford).

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Almen Abdi.

Foul by Jamaal Lascelles (Newcastle United).

Troy Deeney (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Adlène Guédioura (Watford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Adlène Guédioura (Watford).

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Siem de Jong replaces Cheick Tioté.

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Sebastian Prödl.

Attempt blocked. Florian Thauvin (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Odion Ighalo replaces Jurado.

Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Adlène Guédioura (Watford).

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Paul Dummett.

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

Foul by Jurado (Watford).

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Almen Abdi replaces Steven Berghuis.

Ben Watson (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United).

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Sebastian Prödl.

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Florian Thauvin replaces Kevin Mbabu.

Attempt missed. Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

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

Foul by Steven Berghuis (Watford).

Second Half

Second Half begins Watford 1, Newcastle United 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Jamaal Lascelles replaces Fabricio Coloccini.

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Ikechi Anya replaces Mamadou Obbi Oularé.

Half Time

First Half ends, Watford 1, Newcastle United 0.

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Nyom.

Foul by Paul Dummett (Newcastle United).

Mamadou Obbi Oularé (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Watford 1, Newcastle United 0. Troy Deeney (Watford) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner.

goal

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