Newcastle came out unchanged after an encouraging first-half display in which they lead Watford 1-0. Unfortunately, Newcastle’s version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde emerged from the tunnel as Watford thoroughly dominated the second half.
It didn’t take long for the Hornets to level the score through a penalty from Troy Deeney. Matt Ritchie cut across the path of a surging Kiko Femenia and clipped the Spaniard’s knee, sending him to the turf. It seemed a soft penalty to us.
Martin Dubravka spared the blushes for Federico Fernandez in the 57th minute. The Argentine had a heavy touch on a Shelvey back pass, and his attempt to clear it went straight to Deeney. Deeney’s subsequent low shot was saved by Dubravka.
Steve Bruce made the first change of the game, bringing Joelinton on for Matt Ritchie in the 72nd minute. With Watford heaping the pressure on, Bruce brought Nabil Bentaleb and Emil Krafth on for Dwight Gayle and Danny Rose just six minutes later.
While Watford were pushing for the lead, it came through another penalty. This time it was Javier Manquillo who had just moved to left-back. The 26-year-old brought down Ismaila Sarr and this one was clear.
Troy Deeney blasted the penalty down the middle once again easily passed a diving Dubravka to give Watford a 2-1 lead in the 82nd minute.
Jamaal Lascelles was then forced off after suffering a knock. Valentino Lazaro came on pushing Fabian Schar back to central defense.
Newcastle found no second wind to push for a leveler as Watford comfortably saw out what is a fabulous three points for them. This second-half performance was abysmal as Newcastle now limp towards the end of the season.