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Newcastle United 1-1 Watford: Will Hughes scores as Hornets take a point

Will Hughes and Tom Cleverley
Will Hughes' goal was Watford's second fastest in the Premier League

Will Hughes' early goal helped Watford secure their first Premier League point of the season with a battling draw at Newcastle.

The Hornets stay bottom of the table but a spirited performance at St James' Park ended a run of three consecutive defeats at the start of the new campaign.

In a game of few clear-cut chances, Hughes steered the opening goal into the bottom left corner from 10 yards after just 78 seconds following a deflected Tom Cleverley shot.

Defender Fabian Schar equalised four minutes before the break, guiding a 10-yard left-foot shot past Ben Foster after the ball fell into his path from Isaac Hayden's knockdown.

The point lifts Steve Bruce's Newcastle up to 14th in the table going into the international break.

Watford's revamped approach

After a barren start to the season in which his side had conceded seven times, Watford manager Javi Gracia adjusted both the shape and personnel of the team for their trip to the north east.

Gerard Deulofeu - Gracia's most creative player in their defeat by West Ham - was consigned to the substitutes' bench as the Hornets fielded three central defenders.

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Watford boss Gracia disappointed not to hold on to early lead

And, while that conservative approach was far from easy on the eye at times, Watford did at least appear disciplined in executing Gracia's gameplan.

Sitting deep for long periods, the visitors looked content to concede possession in front of them and counter quickly.

All three of their shots on target came in that manner and the approach nearly provided them with the cushion of a second goal before Newcastle equalised - Kiko curling a right-foot shot just over the bar, and Andre Gray failing to hit the target from close range after being found expertly by Roberto Pereyra.

Newcastle lack sparkle

With injury depriving Bruce of first-choice wingers Allan Saint-Maximin and Matt Ritchie, the hosts toiled for significant periods.

And their performance did little to enthuse the 44,157 crowd, which was well below last season's average of 51,121.

Sean Longstaff's distribution from central midfield was errant throughout - his passing accuracy was below 80% - while Christian Atsu, who impressed at Tottenham, and Miguel Almiron were initially on the periphery.

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Bruce disappointed Magpies didn't take late win

It was a performance devoid of sparkle, though they did improve after taking an old-fashioned route to their equalising goal, which came with their first shot on target.

Swedish full-back Emil Krafth's lofted ball into the Watford penalty area found its way to Schar, and his goal galvanised his side.

Hayden's rasping drive forced Foster into a superb saved after the break, and substitute Yoshinori Muto and Schar also had chances to grab all three points.

Man of the match - Tom Cleverley (Watford)

Tom Cleverley
Tom Cleverley (right) played a part in Watford's goal and had the best passing accuracy of any player (93%)

'I live under pressure' - what they said

Watford manager Javi Gracia speaking to BBC Match of the Day: "After scoring the first goal and dominating they score at the end of the half and we suffered in the second half.

"I think it's a good point. I live under pressure. It's my job. We try to always do our best, work hard, change the dynamic and look to the next game to get the victory for us. I think the supporters want to win."

Newcastle manager Steve Bruce speaking to BBC Match of the Day: "We are disappointed we didn't nick it in the end because we had a couple of really good chances in the second half. We had a 15-20-minute spell where we looked likely to score and unfortunately we didn't take the big opportunities.

"Considering we were 1-0 down after a minute, I thought we responded in the right way."

On the Magpies start to the season: "It's probably level par especially when you think we've had Tottenham and Arsenal in there. You would accept it. We had a wonderful opportunity to get six (points) today. We've had a really good week. We played well last week and in midweek and did enough to win the game today."

Newcastle's recovery act - the stats

  • Newcastle have lost two of their 10 top-flight home games against Watford (W5 D3).
  • Watford are without a win in eight Premier League matches (D2 L6), their longest streak since an 11-game run between November 2006 and January 2007.
  • Watford have picked up just one point from their opening four Premier League games, their lowest tally at this stage of a season since 2006-07 (also one), when they were relegated under Aidy Boothroyd.
  • Since the start of 2019, Newcastle have won seven points from losing positions at St James' Park in the Premier League; only Tottenham and West Ham (both eight) have recovered more after going behind on home soil this year.
  • Hughes' opener was Watford's second fastest goal in the Premier League - Etienne Capoue scored after 32 seconds against Leicester in November 2016.
  • Newcastle are the first side Hughes has scored more than one Premier League goal against, with both of his goals in the competition against the Magpies coming at St. James' Park (the first was in November 2017)
  • Since the start of 2019, Schar has scored five Premier League goals, more than any other current Newcastle player. Four of those have come at St. James' Park.

What's next?

Newcastle's next Premier League match is on Saturday, 14 September when they travel to Anfield to face Liverpool (12:30 BST). Watford resume their Premier League duties on Sunday, 15 September when they host Arsenal (16:30 BST).

Line-ups

Newcastle

  • 1Dubravka
  • 17KrafthSubstituted forManquilloat 78'minutes
  • 5SchärSubstituted forFernandezat 85'minutes
  • 6Lascelles
  • 3DummettBooked at 44mins
  • 15Willems
  • 24Almirón
  • 14HaydenBooked at 31mins
  • 36S Longstaff
  • 30AtsuSubstituted forMutoat 82'minutes
  • 9Joelinton

Substitutes

  • 2Clark
  • 4Ki Sung-yueng
  • 8Shelvey
  • 13Muto
  • 18Fernandez
  • 19Manquillo
  • 26Darlow

Watford

  • 26Foster
  • 4DawsonBooked at 44mins
  • 27Kabasele
  • 15CathcartBooked at 55mins
  • 2Janmaat
  • 16DoucouréBooked at 29minsSubstituted forChalobahat 71'minutes
  • 8Cleverley
  • 21Femenía
  • 19HughesSubstituted forSuccessat 71'minutes
  • 37Pereyra
  • 18GraySubstituted forDeulofeuat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Gomes
  • 7Deulofeu
  • 10Welbeck
  • 11Masina
  • 14Chalobah
  • 22Success
  • 23Sarr
Referee:
Graham Scott
Attendance:
44,157

Match Stats

Home TeamNewcastleAway TeamWatford
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home13
Away13
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home5
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Newcastle United 1, Watford 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Newcastle United 1, Watford 1.

Foul by Tom Cleverley (Watford).

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

Foul by Kiko Femenía (Watford).

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

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Jamaal Lascelles (Newcastle United).

Attempt missed. Yoshinori Muto (Newcastle United) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Joelinton following a fast break.

Attempt blocked. Daryl Janmaat (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Roberto Pereyra.

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Martin Dubravka.

Attempt saved. Roberto Pereyra (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Isaac Success.

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Federico Fernández replaces Fabian Schär.

Attempt blocked. Tom Cleverley (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Craig Dawson.

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Gerard Deulofeu replaces Andre Gray.

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Yoshinori Muto replaces Christian Atsu.

Offside, Newcastle United. Jamaal Lascelles tries a through ball, but Miguel Almirón is caught offside.

Foul by Craig Dawson (Watford).

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

Attempt missed. Nathaniel Chalobah (Watford) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right following a corner.

Attempt missed. Craig Dawson (Watford) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Tom Cleverley with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Martin Dubravka.

Attempt saved. Isaac Success (Watford) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Tom Cleverley with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Javier Manquillo replaces Emil Krafth.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Isaac Hayden (Newcastle United).

Offside, Newcastle United. Emil Krafth tries a through ball, but Miguel Almirón is caught offside.

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Craig Dawson.

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Isaac Success replaces Will Hughes.

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Nathaniel Chalobah replaces Abdoulaye Doucouré.

Foul by Will Hughes (Watford).

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

Offside, Newcastle United. Joelinton tries a through ball, but Miguel Almirón is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Paul Dummett (Newcastle United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Tom Cleverley (Watford) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Will Hughes.

Attempt saved. Sean Longstaff (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Christian Atsu.

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Daryl Janmaat.

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Ben Foster.

Attempt saved. Isaac Hayden (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Sean Longstaff.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Liverpool4400123912
2Man City43101431110
3Leicester42206338
4Crystal Palace42113217
5West Ham421167-17
6Arsenal32014406
7Man Utd41217435
8Sheff Utd41215505
9Chelsea412169-35
10Tottenham31115414
11Burnley411256-14
12Everton311112-14
13Southampton411246-24
14Newcastle411235-24
15Bournemouth411258-34
16Brighton411247-34
17Wolves30302203
18Aston Villa410346-23
19Norwich4103610-43
20Watford401328-61
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