Watford 1 Newcastle 2 – Magpies Get Job Done

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. 😀

9 comments so far

  • 9ds9

    Feb 27, 2010 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #1

    few spelling mistakes just to edit, appreciate it was written quickly after the game “and it was Argentine Fabricio Coloccini who headed into the back pog thr net for hsi second goal at the Newcastle club”

  • 9ds9

    Feb 27, 2010 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #2

    3 things that really matter today
    1. 3 points!
    2. No injuries!
    3. Forest losing!

    Performances are nothing compared with points!

  • tobbe77

    Feb 27, 2010 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #3

    Game was only nervous for 4 min in OT,,never seen a side so poor in the last third of the field as Watford,or was our defense so to good??

  • Tom4Nufc

    Feb 27, 2010 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #4

    3 points is 3 points… Am a happy man! 🙂

  • Marty-Toon

    Feb 27, 2010 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #5

    Nice win,not good on the eyes or the heart at the end.
    3 points are 3 points especiaøøy away from home.
    Collo and Williamson were solid today
    The midfield was unbalanced again with guthrie out wide.
    Smith is wreckless in his challenges.
    No end result far too often with Jonas(otherwise he played well)
    Ranger should have been given more time and maybe big Andy could have come off for a rest instead of Best.
    Ranger never really got steadied in the game,needs some match time in the 1st team.

  • boater

    Feb 27, 2010 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #6

    Marty-Toon,,, Ranger had 2 or 3 chances to spark a move and instead gave the ball away cheaply,, 1 of which ultimately led to their late goal. Are you basing this on the player himself or the fantasy of what he may become one day? Hughton has handed him chances and rightly so (to use a Shearer-ism) and it’s up to HIM to take it. This isn’t jim’ll fix it for Ranger lad.

    Fair point ref. guthrie and I thought CH might have considered R Taylor as a starter today.

    For me we miss shola – during away games,, we are playing very deep and as he’s the only one who can turn with the ball at his feet, we never give the midfield a chance to support.. ball just kept on coming back today. Still – we are so powerful on set pieces, we papered over the footballing cracks again… not complaining mind.
    GEEEEEEEEET IN!!!!!!!!

  • steved66

    Feb 27, 2010 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #7

    Great win by the lads, they have done what they needed to get the three points. Long may it continue. Lets hope there is a full house next week to roar the lads to another 3 points. keep the faith.

  • OHurley

    Feb 27, 2010 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #8

    I guess there’s always gonna be goofs in a game, and virtually no game will turn out perfect, but a win is a win and I’ll gladly take that 3 points, thank ya Watford.

    Also- does Elton John still own them? I can’t remember.


    Feb 27, 2010 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #9

    All I can say is…
    Great Result!


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