It was not a good day for Newcastle United at St. James’ Park this afternoon as we slipped to our fourth successive defeat by losing 3-0 to Watford and our second in a row at home and we have failed to score in three of those games.
So things are not looking too good right now as Newcastle are steadily moving down the league table and we are at the moment just 4 points above third-bottom West Ham in 13th place.
We are at West Brom on Tuesday night but they got a good point at Tottenham this afternoon and another defeat in that game and things would not be looking good.
Maybe the pundits were right when they said we just don’t have enough class players on the side.
Until the last two games we have been in every game this season but a 4-1 defeat at Old Trafford followed by a 3-0 defeat at home today and it’s done our goal difference no good at all – and that’s always worth an extra point when we are in relegation trouble.
Andre Gray scores third goal
But Watford were well worth their win today and they were 2-0 up at half time with goals from Will Hughes and an own goal from DeAndre Yedlin and then a goal in the second half from Andre Gray made the defeat complete at 3-0.
It was a bit of a frightening performance from the lads since Watford were better in all parts of the game and if anything we seem to have gone backward in the last couple of games.
What we don’t want to happen is for the lads to lose their confidence and start playing like a relegation side – that would not be good.
And Rafa will now have his work cut out to turn around a four game losing streak.
Newcastle were again poor in defense which had been the highlight of the team until the last couple of games in which we have conceded 7 goals.
Benitez brought in Mo Diame for the suspended Isaac Hayden who will be available again on Tuesday night at West Brom.
After Newcastle had a couple of half chances to score early in the game Watford went ahead in the 19th minute.
Hughes swept the ball home after a good run by Marvin Zeegelaar down the wing.
And then it was Zeegelaar again who finished off a good performance in the first half by putting in the cross that led to the won goal by Yedlin.
With Newcastle 2-0 down at the half and only having scored one goal in the last three and a half games, it didn’t look like we could come back in the second half and there were some boos at halftime.
As it tunrs out we didn’t come back and Gray then scored after 62 minutes to make it a very miserable afternoon for the home fans in a sold-out St. James’ Park.
We need to put in a recovery quickly and we must take something at West Brom on Tuesday night but their good performance at Tottenham today in the 1-1 draw could make that difficult.
Then we are at Chelsea on Saturday and the last thing we need there is to be blown away – goal difference could be important to us this season.
And you can bet your life Amanda Staveley will want that relegation clause in the deal to buy Newcastle United.
Newcastle: Elliot; Yedlin, Clark, Lejeune, Manquillo; Ritchie, Diame (Merino, 69), Shelvey, Murphy (Perez, 77); Gayle, Joselu (Mitrovic, 69).
Subs not used: Darlow, Gamez, Mbemba, Aarons.
Watford: Gomes; Mariappa, Kabasele, Britos (Prodl, 52); Femenia, Cleverley, Doucoure, Zeegelaar; Hughes (Carrillo, 84), Richarlison (Pereyra, 79); Gray.
Subs not used: Karnezis, Janmaat, Watson, Capoue.
Referee: Christopher Kavanagh (Lancashire)