Tom Cleverley's strike deflected
for Will Hughes to knock the ball into the Gallowgate net.
origins of Newcastle's equaliser were deep within their own half, when Joelinton
took possession and headed infield. The move developed further and when Emil Krafth's cross from
the right was knocked down in the box by Isaac Hayden, Fabian Schar forced
an eight yard volley past Ben Foster at the Leazes End.
TV replays highlighted on Match of the Day seemed to show a possible handball by
Hayden as he jumped and the ball rebounded off him. However that alleged
transgression wasn't picked up by the VAR police 1-1
Half time: Magpies 1 Hornets 1
Full time: Magpies 1 Hornets 1
Steve Bruce said:
really difficult start for us. When you're playing against a team who've had a
tough time, the one thing you don't want to do is let them score early. Three
deflections for the goal - and we also had a deflected one the other night.
"We had to dig in for a little while but, the longer the game went on, I
thought the big opportunities came our way. Let's be fair - we've had two or
three wonderful opportunities and haven't taken them.
"Overall, I've been very pleased this week. It's been a tough week, but
we'll take the results (Spurs and Watford) we've got.
"I’m sure they’ll (the fans) be back when we win
a few games. We have had three difficult games in a week and didn’t lose any
of them really, in real terms, so I have got to be pleased with that.
“We can never take for granted the support
this great club has got: all I can do is just hopefully going onwards and
upwards with the team and the supporters,
“There has been Tottenham and Arsenal
(so far), so I have got to be reasonably pleased. One point
behind Chelsea and one point behind Manchester United or something, is it?
you go, it hasn’t been such a bad start after all.”
Javi Gracia said:
"It’s an important
point for us. So far, in the first three games, we weren't able to get any
points so it's a good point. During the game, you can have different point
"It was a close game, an equal game and
it could be a different for us and different for them, but it's a good point. We
need to improve and look for the first big victory in the next game. Now we have
a break and it's good time to work and prepare better for the next game.
"I think we started well, scoring a goal and dominating the game in the
first half. At the end of the first half we concede a goal from a cross and
after I think they were better in the second half.
"They started better, they were dominating, creating some chances but after
the changes we did we felt better, improving and creating our chances and with
options in the end to win the game.
“We had a good performance. It was the
moment to change something, playing against one team like Newcastle with three
at the back. It was a good chance for us to play this way. We had a better
balance, and I am happy with the performance. For sure we have to improve, as we
didn't get the victory. I think the attitude was good.”
Hayden completed a century of games in all competitions for Newcastle
Fabian Schar scored his fifth goal in our colours, following four
in his first season as a Magpie. They have all come in the Premier League
and in 2019.
Hornets in Toon - all time:
2019/20 drew 1-1 Schar
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)
Games before first PL home win was achieved:
1: 1994/95, 1995/96, 1996/97, 1997/98, 2000/01, 2002/03, 2006/07,
2008/09, 2010/11, 2012/13
2: 1993/94, 2001/02, 2007/08, 2011/12, 2013/14, 2017/18
3: 1998/99, 2004/05
4: 1999/00, 2003/04, 2005/06, 2014/15
?? 2019/20 (2+ and counting)
now four points from their last two games for Newcastle, after they recovered
from going behind with just 90 seconds on the clock to claim a draw thanks to Fabian Schar's equaliser.
However the smallest SJP crowd for a league fixture since 2012 witnessed a
demoralising afternoon; United struggling to overcome a Hornets side who were
bidding to avoid their seventh successive Premier League defeat and their
worst-start to a season since World War II.
Clad in last season's green change strip due to their current efforts clashing
with ours (albeit with this season's sponsor), Watford made a lightning start when Tom Cleverley's strike bounced
off a home player for Will Hughes to knock the ball home at the Gallowgate End -
further misfortune for Newcastle, after Leicester scored at the same end in midweek via another
To say United's efforts to get back into the game were ponderous is an
understatement: such was our lack of forward momentum it appeared that this was an exhibition
game...of walking football.
Rare moments of peril for the Watford goal when Miguel Almiron had the ball at
his feet were twice thwarted by an offside flag; although the first saved the
player's blushes as he fluffed his shot and the second saw him net after a mazy
run only to be pulled back.
An equaliser did arrive though for a Magpies side with two changes from that
which started at Spurs - injury victims Matt Ritchie and Allan Saint-Maximin
replaced by Jetro Willems and Christian Atsu respectively.
Just four minutes of the opening half were left when Emil Krafth's cross from
the right was knocked down in the box by Isaac Hayden for Schar to force his
eight yard volley past Ben Foster for 1-1.
Newcastle showed a noticeably quicker tempo after the break and Hayden almost
marked his 100th game in our colours with a goal, Foster tipping over his strong
shot from distance.
While Willems and Atsu had their moments down the left, the right flank was
deserted for most of the game and our crosses and set pieces were invariably
A lack of imagination and intensity allied to a reluctance to make any changes
from the bench saw United plod blandly (or perhaps blindly) towards a stalemate.
And the Hornets seemed to sense that, rousing themselves in the closing stages
to create a couple of half-chances and force Martin Dubravka in action on
The belated introduction of Yoshinori Muto came after both Javier Manquillo and
Federico Fernandez had been deployed to bolster the defence; Jonjo Shelvey's
elongated warm-ups in vain.
And although the Japanese forward ended one run by shooting into the side
netting and just failed to get his head on a cross deep in added time, he
couldn't replicate his midweek scoring feat and the contest ended in a draw that took us
Although it's reasonable to claim - as Steve Bruce did - that four points from
games against Spurs and Watford were a decent return, today has to go down as
two points squandered, not one won.
Criticism has to be tempered with the fact that we were misfiring similarly at
this point last season; as a spectacle though this was often unwatchable,
involving two remarkably average teams.
Whether it's a work in progress or an emerging misadventure depends on your
viewpoint. Given the diminished turnout and the apathy evident inside the
ground, it's fair to say that the jury is still out.