Newcastle Take Another Two Steps Back – Lose 2-1 To Watford

This was a terrible result for Newcastle and the performance wasn´t much better – and  our performance in the first half was as bad, if not worse, than in the first half at Tottenham on Monday night.

So we suppose Newcastle took another two steps back in a game which on paper was the easiest of our first six league games, but we lost it with some dismal defending in the first half.

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Daryl Janmaat – had a good game for Newcastle and scored the goal

Watford were much sharper in front of goal than Newcastle, and they went ahead through Ighalo after only 10 minutes, but Haidara set up the goal when he lost the ball trying to go forward up the left wing.

Watford played the ball in and it was all too easy for Ighalo to beat Tim Krul with his shot.

But we cannot give the ball away like Haidara did – it was thoroughly poor defending by Newcastle.

Papiss Cisse had a great chance to equalize only four minutes later when he was through the inside left position,  but he shot well wide – a very poor effort from the Senegal man.

And after 19 minutes Sissoko should have done better when he shot wide from the middle of the area from only 18 yards out.

Watford were much more effective up front in the final third, and it almost seemed like Newcastle carried on from the way we played at West Ham – so that wasn´t a fluke.

We are playing very poorly in these last two games and deserved to lose both of them.

After 28 minutes we went two behind and it was Ighalo again when Deeney put the ball through to him, and the striker easily beat Krul to a stunned St. James’ Park crowd.

2-0 down after 28 minutes at home to a newly promoted side – wow.

Half time came and we had been outplayed by Watford, and were behind 2-0.

Siem de Jong came on for Papiss Cisse at the start of the second half, and that was almost an admission from Steve McClaren that he made a mistake starting Cisse.

Newcastle came back into the game in the second half and we created enough chances, but just like last season found it difficult to score.

And then Daryl Janmaat scored after 62 minutes – that´s our right back – and it was a nice goal from the Dutchman.

Daryl took the ball forward in the inside right position and sent it to Sissoko on his right and Moussa did well to pull the ball back and Daryl did really well to hit the ball past Gomes.

The former Tottenham goalkeeper had a good game in goal for Watford today.

So Newcastle were back in the game at 2-1, but again we labored to put the ball in the net and a good chance was missed by Siem de Jong after 79 minutes, when he hit the ball straight at the goalkeeper.

Then it was that man Janmaat again who sent in a great shot that Gomes did well to keep out – diving to his left to parry the ball.

McCalren brought on Aarons for Haidara after 80 minutes and Obertan for Thauvin after 88 minutes, but these changes should have made much sooner in the second half.

And that was it – as the final whistle was blown – with Newcastle losing their third league game in a row, and four in the first six games.

We have 2 points from a possible 12 and are now second bottom to – who else – Sunderland – who were beaten 2-0 at Bournemouth – and we go above them on goal difference.

The two north east clubs already propping up the Premier League.

The team was booed off the field and it wasn’t so much because of a lack of effort as just playing so poorly – and looking fairly clueless – again.

It was interesting the crowd was only just over 47,800 – which is a poor one for Newcastle.

Our next two league games are at home to Chelsea and at Manchester City, so it could be 2 points from the first eight games – worse than our very poor start last season.

We have difficulty scoring goals and our defense again looked very weak today – so when you have those weaknesses it´s going to be difficult to win many games.

In the 25 league games we have played this year we have 3 wins and 6 draws – that´s 15 points from a possible 75 – that´s pathetic.

Not sure where we go from here, but it´s looking a huge mistake not to have signed Charlie Austin in the summer.

We balked at the £15M – but hey, if we are relegated we lose £80M and more – so it´s all got to be in looked at in perspective.

This was a disastrous result for Newcastle and given our first half performance we didn´t deserve to get anything out of this game.

I can’t think what the press are going to be saying – given the very poor press we got after the 2-0 defeat at West Ham.

Newcastle were no better today – and we may be in for a long hard season – that will be the fourth in a row since we finished 5th top in 2012.

With the Premier League money increasing by 70% next summer, Mike Ashley must be having kittens at the moment.

In the last two games we have looked no better than we were last season.

That´s a sobering thought.


Newcastle: Krul; Janmaat, Mbemba, Coloccini, Haidara (Aarons, 80); Colback Wijnaldum; Sissoko, Perez, Thauvin (Obertan, 88); Cisse (de Jong, 46).
Subs: Elliot, Lascelles, Williamson, Anita.

Watford: Gomes; Nyom, Cathcart, Prodl, Anya; Capoue, Watson (Guedioura, 88); Abdi (Berghuis, 76), Deeney, Jurado (Ake, 80); Ighalo.
Subs: Arlauskis, Hoban, Ibarbo, Diamanti.

Goals: Ighalo 10, 28, Janmaat 62
Referee: Roger East (Wiltshire)
Attendance: 47,806

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