Whoops – how embarrassing – it looks like the Kevin Nolan injury story this morning we put out was just not true – as Kevin is in the starting eleven this afternoon.
Let’s delete that article rather quickly – OK we’re whole again. 😀
So in truth there is only one change from the side which beat Preston North End 3-0 at home last Saturday, with Wayne Routledge (calf) and Jose Enrique (hamstring) still not fit, but hoping to be ready for next week’s home game against Barnsley.
Leon Best comes in for Peter, and it looks like Chris may even play a 4-4-2 this afternoon with both Carroll and Best starting.
Newcastle are trying for their first win in 8 away games, so we have to hope we can indeed capture all 3 points today, and if the lads can do that things will start to look rosy in the Newcastle garden.
Watford include two Newcastle fans – Cramlington-born Martin Taylor and Gateshead lad Danny Graham, and former Redheugh Boys Club center-forward Liam Henderson is on the bench.
Let’s hope these players are not too inspired against the Magpies this afternoon.
We need the win today! We’ll be back after the game.
Howay The Lads!!
Watford: Scott Loach, Adrian Mariappa, Jay DeMerit (c), Martin Taylor, Lloyd Doyley, Don Cowie, Henri Lansbury, John Eustace, Jon Harley, Heidar Helguson, Danny Graham
Subs: Stephen McGinn, Ross Jenkins, Richard Lee, Will Hoskins, Liam Henderson, Michael Bryan, Lee Hodson
Newcastle United: Steve Harper, Danny Simpson, Fabricio Coloccini, Mike Williamson, Patrick van Aanholt, Danny Guthrie, Alan Smith (c), Kevin Nolan, Jonas Gutierrez, Leon Best, Andy Carroll
Subs: Tim Krul, Tamas Kadar, Fitz Hall, Ryan Taylor, Nile Ranger, Fabrice Pancrate, Ryan Donaldson
Referee: Anthony Bates