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Newcastle United 0-3 Watford

Andre Gray of Watford
Andre Gray slides in for his second goal of the season, which sealed Watford's win

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.

Watford 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 warriors

Marco 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
Marvin Zeegelaar's touch map shows how he dominated from the left flank up and down the pitch in only his second Premier League appearance

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 Newcastle

Newcastle 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.

Rafa Benitez
Rafa Benitez's Newcastle have failed to score while losing two in a row at home

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 said

Newcastle 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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Newcastle mistakes were punished - Benitez

"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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Watford controlled the game - Silva

"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

Marvin Zeegelaar
Marvin Zeegelaar set up Watford's first two goals and was a constant menace on their left flank

Hornets buzzing on the road - the stats

  • Watford 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-ups

Newcastle

  • 1Elliot
  • 22Yedlin
  • 20Lejeune
  • 2Clark
  • 19Manquillo
  • 11Ritchie
  • 8ShelveyBooked at 15mins
  • 10DiaméSubstituted forMerinoat 69'minutes
  • 7MurphySubstituted forPérezat 77'minutes
  • 9Gayle
  • 21JoseluSubstituted forMitrovicat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 16Aarons
  • 17Pérez
  • 18Mbemba
  • 23Merino
  • 26Darlow
  • 27Gámez
  • 45Mitrovic

Watford

  • 1Gomes
  • 6Mariappa
  • 27Kabasele
  • 3BritosSubstituted forPrödlat 52'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 21Femenía
  • 16Doucouré
  • 8Cleverley
  • 22ZeegelaarBooked at 24mins
  • 19HughesSubstituted forCarrilloat 84'minutes
  • 11RicharlisonSubstituted forPereyraat 79'minutes
  • 18Gray

Substitutes

  • 2Janmaat
  • 5Prödl
  • 23Watson
  • 28Carrillo
  • 29Capoue
  • 30Karnezis
  • 37Pereyra
Referee:
Chris Kavanagh
Attendance:
52,188

Match Stats

Home TeamNewcastleAway TeamWatford
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home12
Away12
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home8
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Newcastle United 0, Watford 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Newcastle United 0, Watford 3.

Booking

Sebastian Prödl (Watford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Sebastian Prödl (Watford).

Attempt missed. Tom Cleverley (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by André Carrillo.

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

Foul by Abdoulaye Doucouré (Watford).

Hand ball by Mikel Merino (Newcastle United).

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Christian Kabasele.

Attempt blocked. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mikel Merino.

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. André Carrillo replaces Will Hughes.

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.

Ciaran Clark (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Roberto Pereyra (Watford).

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.

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

Foul by Tom Cleverley (Watford).

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Roberto Pereyra replaces Richarlison.

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

Foul by Tom Cleverley (Watford).

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Ayoze Pérez replaces Jacob Murphy.

Offside, Newcastle United. Mikel Merino tries a through ball, but Aleksandar Mitrovic is caught offside.

Mikel Merino (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Will Hughes (Watford).

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

Foul by Andre Gray (Watford).

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Aleksandar Mitrovic replaces Joselu.

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Mikel Merino replaces Mohamed Diamé.

Foul by Mohamed Diamé (Newcastle United).

Will Hughes (Watford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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.

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Marvin Zeegelaar.

DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Richarlison (Watford).

Goal!

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.

Attempt missed. Andre Gray (Watford) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Marvin Zeegelaar with a cross.

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Christian Kabasele.

Foul by Joselu (Newcastle United).

Adrian Mariappa (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

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1Man City1211104073334
2Man Utd139222862229
3Chelsea1382324111326
4Tottenham1373321101124
5Liverpool136522518723
6Arsenal127142216622
7Burnley12642129322
8Watford136342221121
9Brighton134451314-116
10Huddersfield12435817-915
11Leicester133551719-214
12Bournemouth134271114-314
13Newcastle134271117-614
14Southampton12345914-513
15Stoke133461626-1013
16Everton123361224-1212
17West Brom132561019-911
18West Ham132471226-1410
19Swansea13238715-89
20Crystal Palace13229825-178
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