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Season 2018-19
Watford (h) FA Cup Fourth Round


Saturday 26th January 2019, 3.00pm

 St. James' Park

Conditions: Pointless

Admission: £10 adults, £5 concessions
(£20 and £10 on match day)

Newcastle United


0 - 2




Half time: Magpies 0 Hornets 0

We fade to Grey

61 mins Midfielder Will Hughes - previously scouted by NUFC who declined to bid for him - advanced to the edge of the United box before playing in striker Andre Gray - previously scouted by NUFC who declined to bid for him - whose crisp low shot was en route to the Leazes End net before Jamaal Lascelles reached him. 0-1

Success has made a failure of our home

90 mins Quina pulled away to the left of the home penalty area before knocking the ball across the six yard box to give the unguarded Isaac Success the simplest of chances. 0-2

Full time: Magpies 0 Hornets 2

We Said


Rafa Benitez:

"This was a strong team, strong enough. I think we could have won. That we didn't do it means that maybe we need something more if we want to go through and then try to challenge for this competition. We did what we had to do. We tried and we couldn't, that's it.

bviously we are disappointed. We made a couple of mistakes and conceded two goals in a game that was even and could have gone either way.

"You have to create chances to score goals. But in this game you cannot say we were much worse than them. We just have to realise that we cannot go through with this team, it means we have to now concentrate on the league.

"We have 15 games now to play and we have to be sure everyone is focused and no distractions.

"I am a professional, so I am convinced that we will do what we have to do and, in the end, we will stay up.

"But we have to concentrate and then be sure that we do the right things.

On his choosing not to bring Salomon Rondon off the bench: 

"You have to create chances to use the striker, you cannot just blame the people up front.

"We have to try and go through with what we have in the squad. It makes no sense to lose players
(to injury) when we have to wait and see what happens in the future with the draw.

"I thought this team, with these players, I was convinced we could beat Watford, but we could not do it. We have what we have, and we have to carry on, and concentrate on the league."

On possible new signings this month:

"It's important to have new faces, but we will see what happens.

"I said I wouldnít talk about the transfer window. Anything close? I have no idea."

They Said


Javi Gracia: 

"Newcastle always play well. It is always a very demanding game and today was no different.

"They chose different players and maybe they are thinking about the next game as well.

"We have played twice against Newcastle this season and we didnít win.

"In one game I think we deserved more, but today I think it was more close and we had control I think, but you never know what will happen at the end of the game.

"We worked well. We dominated a part of the game and in that moment we score the goals, it was a good performance for us.

"I am very pleased for all of them, sometimes itís not easy for me to explain how important are all my players.

"When I say I believe in all my squad, itís because I believe in all my squad. In games like today itís important to show all of them are working really well.Ē



Defeat meant that our record of not making it to the Fifth Round of the FA Cup since Mike Ashley took control of the club continues. 

Our most recent tie in that stage of the competition remains a 1-0 home win over Southampton in February 2006 when Kieron Dyer scored our goal. The FA Cup was won that season by Liverpool, who were managed by some Spanish bloke.

have now won just one of the last ten all-Premier League FA Cup ties they've played in:

Manchester United (n) lost 1-4 SF
2005/06 Chelsea (a) lost 0-1 QF
2007/08 Arsenal (a) lost 0-3 R4
2008/09 Hull City (a) 0-0 (lost replay 0-1) R3
2011/12 Blackburn Rovers (h) won 2-1 R3
2013/14 Cardiff City (h) lost 1-2 R3
2014/15 Leicester City (a) lost 0-1 R3
2015/16 Watford (a) lost 0-1 R3
2017/18 Chelsea (a) lost 0-3 R4
Watford (h) lost 0-2 R4

NUFC v Watford - FAC meetings:

2018/19 Lost 0-2 (h) R4 ???????
2015/16 Lost 0-1 (a) R3 Newcastle were relegated
1988/89 Lost 0-1 (a) R3R3 Newcastle were relegated

1988/89 Drew 0-0 (h) R3R2 Newcastle were relegated
1988/89 Drew 2-2 (a) R3R Newcastle were relegated
1988/89 Drew 0-0 (h) R3 Newcastle were relegated
Won 5-0 (h) QF Newcastle won the FA Cup
1923/24 Won 1-0 (a) R3 Newcastle won the FA Cup

Joselu completed a half century of appearances for Newcastle in all competitions (28 starts)

Hornets in Toon - all time:

2018/19 lost 0-2 (FAC)
2018/19 won 1-0 Perez
2017/18 lost 0-3
2015/16 lost 1-2 Janmaat
2009/10 won 2-0 Lovenkrands, Pancrate
2006/07 won 2-1 Martins(2)
1999/00 won 1-0 Gallacher
1992/93 won 2-0 Peacock, Lee
1991/92 drew 2-2 Hunt, Clark
1990/91 won 1-0 Quinn(pen)
1989/90 won 2-1 Quinn, Gallacher
1988/89 drew 0-0 (FACR)
1988/89 drew 0-0 (FAC)
1987/88 won 3-0 O'Neill, Wharton, Tinnion
1986/87 drew 2-2 Anderson, McDonald
1985/86 drew 1-1 Gascoigne
1984/85 won 3-1 Megson, Cunningham, Reilly
1981/82 lost 0-1
1980/81 won 2-1 Hibbitt, Shinton
1979/80 lost 0-2
1931/32 won 5-0 Allen 3, Boyd, Richardson (FAC)

PS: Much was made of the fact that Watford had 11 changes to their lineup for this game compared the side that faced Burnley in the Premier League a week earlier. However six of their starting XI here today were in the side held 1-1 at Vicarage Road just under a month ago.



Newcastle's bid to make it into the Fifth Round of the FA Cup for the first time since 2006 was predictably ended by a fellow Premier League side, in a tie of remarkably low quality at St. James' Park on Saturday.

Half time was reached with the game scoreless, a fair reflection on a shabby 45 minutes in which the visitors mustered one shot that was saved and the hosts seemed unaware that there was actually a goal at the other end.

There was little improvement until the 61st minute, when Hornets midfielder Will Hughes advanced to the edge of the United box before playing in striker Andre Gray, whose crisp low shot was en route to the Leazes End net before Jamaal Lascelles reached him.

Given our complete disinterest in attempting to score, one goal always seemed enough to ensure elimination but some childish defending handed Watford a second in the closing seconds.

Quina pulled away to the left of the home penalty area before knocking the ball across the six yard box to give the unguarded Isaac Success the simplest of chances.

In between those two goals, Newcastle actually did actually managed a shot on target - albeit from a defender. Javier Manquillo's run from the halfway line into the area resembled Fabian Schaar's dash upfield against Cardiff, but although the right back succeeded in clipping the ball over the goalkeeper it was headed away by Ben Wilmot in the six yard box.

Just before Watford's second, substitute Ayoze Perez - who had achieved more than any colleague within 90 seconds of his arrival - took the ball down from Kenedy's centre from the left but shot over the bar. 

Rather than decide which of Jacob Murphy, Isaac Hayden or Kenedy was our worst performer, it's easier just to label them all as a collective disgrace - lacking a shred of commitment to the cause or footballing prowess. 

Can't play, won't play.

Of Joselu our powers of description and abuse don't seem sufficient to convey just how limp he was: we can only repeat the question asked by a fellow malcontent; have we ever had a softer player?

Only rookie Sean Longstaff showed anything like an appetite for the fight and ability to shield and pass the ball - but I'm sure we'll get that out of him in due course...

So, no injuries, no suspensions, no replay, no goals - and absolutely no point in playing this tie or attending it. It would seem logical not to enter this competition in future, or the League Cup. 

We have played with more intensity and flair in testimonials - some of those selected for duty today appeared to take it as a personal affront. You can argue that the manager certainly didn't want to progress, but his players undoubtedly had their minds set on a weekend off in February.

This was the least important of the three meetings with the Hornets this season - and after taking four points from them, certainly the one to lose. The prospect of an unwanted extra trek to Hertfordshire certainly outweighed the novelty of seeing our name in the Fifth Round draw on Monday evening, but this was just a tedious, mind-numbingly awful excuse for a performance.

A football team used to play here. Not any more.


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