Newcastle registered their first away win in 8 games on the road today at Watford, with a solid and well earned 2-1 victory.
It was 3 minutes last time out before Newcastle scored, and today it was 4 minutes until Newcastle scored their first goal.
Danny Guthrie put in free kick nicely into the penalty area, and Kevin Nolan’s flick was put back across goal by Andy Carroll.
And it was Argentine Fabricio Coloccini who headed into the back of the net for his second goal at the Newcastle club.
A tremendous start for the Magpies.
And the score remained at 1-0 when half time arrived, with Jonas Gutierrez down the left again causing all kinds of problems for the Watford defense, but Newcastle looked the better side in the first 45 minutes.
But it was never going to be comfortable while the score remained at just 1-0, and it was Newcastle who doubled their lead after 50 minutes.
It was from a Danny Guthrie in-swinging corner, that Andy Carroll again rose above the Watford defenders to power home a header into the back of the net.
How many times has Andy scored this season by out-jumping the defense and planting the ball firmly into the net. Quite a few times and this lad looks like a winner.
It was Andy’s 11th goal of the season and that put him just one goal behind Kevin Nolan, and one more than Peter Lovenkrands.
Newcastle just were playing out time as the 90 minutes was coming to an end, but that’s never a good thing to do, and when it looked like Newcastle had kept another clean sheet Watford scored in injury time.
Watford had a deflected shot which fell right to Will Hoskins, and the Watford substitute easily beat Harper and put the ball into the net.
There was a little bit of panic that crept into the Newcastle side during the last four minutes of injury time, after Newcastle had looked like they had won the game easily, but the lads finally held out for a very good win and all 3 points.
They should never sit on a lead, because that only gives the momentum to the other side – but hey, a wins’s a win and a very good one today, let’s be clear about that.
That’s the first Newcastle away win since we took Coventry apart 2-0 last December 9th, and it’s Newcastle’s 7th away win of a total of 20 total wins in 33 league games. That’s an impressive win total by anybody’s measure.
WBA had a good 3-1 win against Derby County but would you believe Nottingham Forest were beaten 3-0 at Leicester City.
Things at Leicester were all square until the home side scored 3 goals in the final 22 minutes of play.
So Newcastle are now 8 points clear of Forest, who are in 3rd place, and Newcastle have a far superior goal difference – 35 against 21 – so they are now a virtual 9 points clear for an automatic promotion place.
It’s looking good. 😀