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  1. Watford XI: Gomes, Paredes, Cathcart, Britos, Ake, Behrami, Capoue, Watson, Jurado, Deeney, Ighalo
  2. Newcastle XI: Elliot, Janmaat, Mbemba, Coloccini, Lascelles, Saivet, Shelvey, Sissoko, Wijnaldum, Aarons, Mitrovic
  3. Referee: Andre Marriner (West Midlands)

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By Saj Chowdhury

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Watford 2-1 Newcastle

Watford 2-1 Newcastle

Extraordinary heading by Newcastle sub Emmanuel Riviere. Another great ball comes from the right but the French striker heads as far away from goal as manageable. Beggars belief!


Watford 2-1 Newcastle

A corner comes in from the right and arrives at the head of Aleksandar Mitrovic who heads wide from six yards - he should have hit the target.

Nordin Amrabat comes on for his Watford debut in the 93rd minute.


Watford 2-1 Newcastle

Desperate times for the Magpies - striker Emmanuel Riviere comes on.

Watford bring on the reliable full-back Allan Nyom.

Watford 2-1 Newcastle

Watford have possession in midfield - they are understandably slowing down the tempo.


Watford 2-1 Newcastle

Rob Elliot keeps Newcastle in the game with a strong stop to prevent Odion Ighalo's fierce angled effort from bursting the net.

There's another goal in this, surely.


Watford 2-1 Newcastle

Almen Abdi comes on for Jose Manuel Jurado.

Lascelles gives Magpies hope

Watford 2-1 Newcastle

Defender Jamaal Lascelles scores his first ever goal for the Magpies in his first league start.

The former Nottingham Forest man climbs highest to head in Jonjo Shelvey's corner. He bangs his face against the a Watford's defender's head in the process and produces a wee bit of claret. Shirt change follows.

Game back on!

GOAL - Watford 2-1 Newcastle

Watford 2-0 Newcastle


The ball comes to the Nigeria striker eight yards out, but he somehow misdirects it. Almost as bad as Ayoze Perez's earlier effort.

Odion Ighalo back on form

Watford 2-0 Newcastle

Odion Ighalo of Watford
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Odion Ighalo's opener for Watford was the third quickest second-half goal scored in the Premier League so far this season. It came after 44 seconds.

Ighalo has now scored seven goals in his last seven league appearances at Vicarage Road.

Watford 2-0 Newcastle

Contender for worst header this season? 

Moussa Sissoko curls a delightful cross into the area but Ayoze Perez gets it horribly wrong as the ball comes off the top of his head.

Newcastle 'desperate'

Watford 2-0 Newcastle

Garth Crooks

Former Spurs striker on Final Score

"There is something about Newcastle’s play that looks desperate to me. They didn’t defend the second goal well at all, Coloccini is not playing well today."


Watford 2-0 Newcastle

Newcastle's Yoan Gouffran, who along with Ayoze Perez has come on as a substitute, heads wide with the goal at his mercy. The Frenchman really should have scored.

'Cathcart thrashes in second'

Watford 2-0 Newcastle

The Magpies crumble at the back as Watford's forwards come to life.

The ball is played into the area and finds the head of striker Troy Deeney. The skipper heads back across goal and finds Odion Ighalo who uses his strength to shield the ball and lay it to Craig Cathcart who lashes home.

A fantastic response in the second half by the home side.

GOAL - Watford 2-0 Newcastle

44 seconds

Watford 1-0 Newcastle

Odion Ighalo's goal came only 44 seconds after the restart. 


Watford 1-0 Newcastle

Chancel Mbemba goes into the book for a foul on Troy Deeney. They look at sixes and sevens at the moment.

'Great goal'

Watford 1-0 Newcastle

Garth Crooks

Former Spurs striker on Final Score

"It is a lovely take and he has the chance to hit it first time or slide it around the goalkeeper, he takes the more difficult route, to take it around him and slot it into an empty goal. Great goal."

Watford 1-0 Newcastle

Newcastle coach Steve McClaren seems to be enquiring whether the Ighalo was offside or not. The Nigeria striker appeared to check his run to ensure he was in line with the defence before making his move.

One for MOTD to look at.

Ighalo scores first time since 28 December

Watford 1-0 Newcastle

What a superb start by Watford. Troy Deeney dinks a through ball through to strike partner Odion Ighalo who rounds keeper Rob Elliot and slots in his 14th of the season.

So... goal Ighalo and assist Deeney for you fantasy footy fans.

GOAL - Watford 1-0 Newcastle


Watford 0-0 Newcastle

Newcastle get us back under way.


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Watford 0-0 Newcastle

That is your lot for the first half. Both sides should have scored in a match that has flitted from good quality to average.

Watford 0-0 Newcastle

Aleksandar Mitrovic finds himself one-on-one with the last defender but slows up for some reason on the edge of the area. Should the Serb forward have made more of that? Does he have any pace?

Watford 0-0 Newcastle

Watford slowly sliding down table having hugged 7th for a long spell as the league pressure continue to mounts up #bbcfootball

Watford 0-0 Newcastle

Are the Hornets forwards getting slightly frustrated?

The Magpies, with five in midfield, are doing what the Saints did in their 2-0 win over a week ago by blocking access to Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo.

It's hard work fro the home side so far.

Watford 0-0 Newcastle

Newcastle again bother Watford in the home area. Jonjo Shelvey sneaks his way into the area, but his square ball eludes all.

There are seven minutes until the break. 

Change of fortune?

Watford 0-0 Newcastle

Odion Ighalo for Watford
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Watford have lost their last four league games, and have taken one point from a possible 15 since Christmas. Can Odion Ighalo lead the Hornets to their first league victory of 2016?

Watford 0-0 Newcastle

Watford are struggling to get their main striker Odion Ighalo into the game. He has 13 goals this season, but hasn't scored since 28 December. As I've said before... he persists until the final second.

Watford 0-0 Newcastle

Imagine a carriage on a rollercoaster, which slowly trundles up to the top then suddenly plunges down 40 feet and hurtles at 60mph before slowing down again.

That basically sums up this game so far.


Watford 0-0 Newcastle

The Magpies hit Watford on the counter with swift one-touch football. It's Moussa Sissoko down the right again, who plays a square ball to Gini Wijnaldum. His deft lay-off finds the fast-arriving Aleksandar Mitrovic, whose low sidefoot shot is saved by the foot of Heurenlho Gomes.

Excellent football all round.

Watford 0-0 Newcastle

Watford looking much more assured now and having lots of the ball. Newcastle sitting back - perhaps looking to catch them on the break?


Watford 0-0 Newcastle

The Hornets, after a quiet first 16 minutes, come to life. They should have scored too.

First Troy Deeney's shot is saved low by Rob Elliot and then the Irish keeper follows up to block Etienne Capoue's effort at the near post.

Watford 0-0 Newcastle

The ball is given away again by Watford. Newcastle break with Moussa Sissoko on the ball. He plays it wide to Rolando Aarons - making his first league start this season - but the young English winger does not shoot or cross.

Watford 0-0 Newcastle

Ben Watson delivers a great ball to the far post, but Watford team-mate Nathan Ake fails to get a touch and falls to the ground under the legitimate challenge of Moussa Sissoko.

Watford 0-0 Newcastle

The Hornets clear their area, before Chancel Mbemba can get his head to the ball. Watford have yet to settle, but they have a free-kick from just outside the area.