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Newcastle Lacking Poise As They Are Level With Watford 1-1 At The Half


Fabian Schar sent the team into the dressing room on a high note after scoring his fifth goal with an excellent finish inside the box. It was a disjointed performance from the lads in the first half as they were sloppy in possession at times.

Newcastle started the first half giving away a poor goal in the second minute. A shot by Tom Cleverly took a few deflections and fell into the path of Will Hughes, who put the ball past Martin Dubravka. It was an abysmal start for Newcastle.

Newcastle would respond with an excellent chance, but a poor touch from Miguel Almiron allowed Ben Foster to collect the ball. It would continue as end to end stuff for the first ten minutes with Christian Atsu and Jetro Willems looking particularly active for Newcastle down the left.

However, Newcastle were far too impatient in their build-up play by conceding possession on some speculative long balls. The attackers also did not make enough runs and lacked movement. We also thought they played too narrowly at times with hardly any presence from the right flank.

It looked like Newcastle would end the half trailing, but Fabian Schar was able to level the game in the 41st minute with his strike.

Watford were all too happy to sit back for long periods in the first half, but Newcastle lacked a bit poise when attempting to break them down.

Watford are here for the taking, and we expect them to be a bit more open in the second half. The lads need to get it together, and they can get a victory today.


87 comments so far

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 31, 2019 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #1

    Ilovetoon,
    Clearly not a regular at any league 2 ground.

    1
  • ChicoUSA

    Aug 31, 2019 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #2

    Central midfielders need to step up more, they seem very slow to get to 50-50 balls today!

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  • Mag :P

    Aug 31, 2019 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #3

    As others have rightly stated the standouts thus far are Joelinton, Willems and Atsu.

    Watford look dire and we really should be winning this game.

    What’s clear is a lack of movent from Almiron, he has pace and they are playing a high line, instead of dropping deep he needs to be making those runs in behind.

    One more thing, that linesman is a div. I thought they were supposed to keep there flag down if it isn’t obvious? Cost us big time.

    1
  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 31, 2019 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #4

    Chronic got smth right today saying we were shocking.

    It was a god awful half. I’m dreading the season

    0
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 31, 2019 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #5

    Woodey link working OK, so far! Cheers

    0
  • Munster Mag

    Aug 31, 2019 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #6

    Are we all long ball ? Ffs

    0
  • chancel be a fine thing

    Aug 31, 2019 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #7

    Atsu onside, how can the linesman be sure????? What’s the point of VAR.

    0
  • Mindshaft

    Aug 31, 2019 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #8

    We really need to win this, Watford look awful

    0
  • Mindshaft

    Aug 31, 2019 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #9

    What a waste of a set piece

    0
  • TomaKaThor

    Aug 31, 2019 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #10

    Better

    0
  • Mindshaft

    Aug 31, 2019 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #11

    Can’t blame the fans for not singing , this is dire

    0
  • IrishRob

    Aug 31, 2019 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #12

    Thank god Shelvey hasn’t been brought on, everyone saying he should be on haven’t a clue. Bless them!

    1
  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Aug 31, 2019 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #13

    We need Almiron and Longstaff off for Shelvey and Muto.

    Almiron doesn’t even look fast today and that’s his entire game. Keeps dropping deep.

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  • TomaKaThor

    Aug 31, 2019 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #14

    Irish we all know what kind of fan you are, if Shelvey played a few games and scored one or two while we are also winning, you would be putting him forward for England you sheep

    3
  • Mindshaft

    Aug 31, 2019 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #15

    Free header

    0
  • Mindshaft

    Aug 31, 2019 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #16

    Absolutely no pressing

    0
  • Mindshaft

    Aug 31, 2019 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #17

    Will Almiron ever score

    0
  • TomaKaThor

    Aug 31, 2019 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #18

    Lol Almiron is cursed, can not score

    0
  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 31, 2019 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #19

    Almiron is just awful today

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  • Mindshaft

    Aug 31, 2019 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #20

    Longstaff very poor today

    1
  • davetoon

    Aug 31, 2019 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #21

    Playing much better this half

    0
  • IrishRob

    Aug 31, 2019 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #22

    Almiron is completely out of his depth as a forward!!!!!!! Dont know who youd bring on because I cant see him taking off Almiron for Muto or atsu. They need to go back to 353.

    3
  • Reilly

    Aug 31, 2019 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #23

    much much better.

    0
  • chancel be a fine thing

    Aug 31, 2019 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #24

    have they turned VAR off?????

    0
  • MikeAshleysWallet

    Aug 31, 2019 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #25

    Big improvement this half but a few still off their game. Longstaff doesn’t look at it while Almiron has absolutely no end product.

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  • TomaKaThor

    Aug 31, 2019 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #26

    V lucky almost an og

    0
  • Mindshaft

    Aug 31, 2019 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #27

    Willems motm so far , done well

    0
  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 31, 2019 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #28

    Take almiron and longstaff off… Hopeless today.

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  • Mindshaft

    Aug 31, 2019 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #29

    To be honest he hadn’t had to be that good to be the stand out player in this match

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  • TomaKaThor

    Aug 31, 2019 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #30

    Took Ritchie getting injured for Willems to get bus chance, I rate him and if he plays like this Ritchie shouldn’t be getting back in

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  • Mindshaft

    Aug 31, 2019 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #31

    I’d take krafth off for manquillo

    1
  • JP...from The Rock

    Aug 31, 2019 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #32

    Take Longstaff off for Shelvey who has been very poor today.

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  • IrishRob

    Aug 31, 2019 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #33

    Ffs Shelvey is warming up. If he makes a liar out of me its gonna be bitter sweet.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Aug 31, 2019 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #34

    Does Almiron understand the offside rule!?? Been offside at least 10 times!

    1
  • Mindshaft

    Aug 31, 2019 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #35

    Can see Watford sneaking a goal to win this

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  • davetoon

    Aug 31, 2019 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #36

    Should be muto for almiron

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Aug 31, 2019 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #37

    Fernandez coming on!??? What?

    0
  • MikeAshleysWallet

    Aug 31, 2019 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #38

    Mackems 3-0 down and down to 9 men lol

    1
  • Mindshaft

    Aug 31, 2019 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #39

    Wtf – Fernandez ???

    0
  • TomaKaThor

    Aug 31, 2019 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #40

    Bring Muto and Shelvey on, and tell Muto to make runs

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