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Dire Second Half Performance Has Newcastle Fall 2-1 At Watford



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.

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233 comments so far

  • Romford mag

    Jul 11, 2020 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #1

    Absolutely shocking !

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  • The Hit Man & Her

    Jul 11, 2020 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #2

    But you’re first Romford! Small wins! 🙂

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  • Insh'Allah

    Jul 11, 2020 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #3

    Dire is an understatement.

    Also have gone all season without conceding a penalty then bosh, 2 in 30 minutes or so.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jul 11, 2020 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #4

    Excellent first half
    F**kin SHAMBOLIC SECOND HALF
    Two STUPID needless penalties
    and the manager hadn’t a clue how to change it
    Probably put in more decent crosses today and had the shortest attackers on the pitch

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  • Romford mag

    Jul 11, 2020 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #5

    I’d have preferred 3 points to be honest 🙂

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  • Kevin Vegan

    Jul 11, 2020 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #6

    Back to 13th, worse GD than last season, spurs, brighton and liverpool left to play. No easy points there.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jul 11, 2020 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #7

    Good news is that there’s only 3 games left, bad news is if we play like we did today………………………..!

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  • The ledge

    Jul 11, 2020 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #8

    If this was the reaction the manager was demanding from the players it shows the lack of respect they have for him and some on here said they would walk through walls for him a load of s..te

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  • onmeedsun

    Jul 11, 2020 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #9

    Bruce has just proven that he’s not good enough. To play that badly after a decent first half is appalling. Azures football was just unintelligent. ASM knew they would crowd him out so why keep trying to dribble and do the impossible. Just pass and use the space. The 2 pens were gifts but we didn’t threaten them at all second half. We will finish where we deserve to be, about 14th.

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  • Kevin Vegan

    Jul 11, 2020 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #10

    Tell me again how we’re not stagnating, Steve.

    Business as usual.

    How much do we think we’ll get for ASM this summer?

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  • Great White Hunter

    Jul 11, 2020 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #11

    We,ve had some poor games this-season but that 2nd half was absolutely shocking, I ran out of times we just passed to them not even under pressure. Movement up front was poor, we are a very average team at best, when our star players don’t perform we just crumble and lie down. Loanees poor, permanent players even worse. Predicted we would get beat as Watford wanted it more. Definitely flip flops 2nd half.

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  • ChicoUSA

    Jul 11, 2020 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #12

    Sorry, we need all new fullbacks! Amanda help us!

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  • hibbit

    Jul 11, 2020 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #13

    this love in with Bruce has to end he’s totally out of his depth in the PL, really doesn’t have a clue,

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  • Markjcuk

    Jul 11, 2020 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #14

    Google these words: “steve bruce louise taylor tactics”

    It tells you everything you need to know about Bruce and his “inability to tweak formations or tactics during matches.”

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  • WLtoon

    Jul 11, 2020 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #15

    What a frekin disgrace 2nd half.

    Right, we do NOT want Rose next season. Scharr should never play in CM again, and Bentaleb is still shite.

    That is the first time Watford have come from behind to win a game in a year and a half ffs.

    Just as well we are safe cos that was shocking.

    Bruce will be staying while Ashley is here. he has done his job.

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  • IrishRob

    Jul 11, 2020 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #16

    The one good thing about this is no way in hell Bruce is been kept on after these performances.

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  • Markjcuk

    Jul 11, 2020 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #17

    Sorry – look to the first link

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  • Romford mag

    Jul 11, 2020 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #18

    Hibbit agreed .

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  • The Newcastle Armchair

    Jul 11, 2020 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #19

    On top of the crap performance I’ve also got tinnitus on the left – I call it my dire ear

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  • WLtoon

    Jul 11, 2020 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #20

    I`m off to Tynemouth to relax after watching that load of w–k.
    Honestly, how frustrating is it being a Toon fan eh.

    Someone plz step in and take us off Ashleys hands ffs or we are down next season, no doubt about that, we have carried lots of luck this season, next season we wont be so lucky.

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  • The Hit Man & Her

    Jul 11, 2020 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #21

    I’ll get shot at here but these full backs used to be well versed.

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  • Great White Hunter

    Jul 11, 2020 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #22

    Forgot to mention Shar in midfield, terrible, not mobile enough, got no pace at all just fouls constantly, looks as if he wants out, squad player at best.

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  • The ledge

    Jul 11, 2020 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #23

    Hibbit I have been saying that all season .
    A shocking manager that only gets jobs due to being a man u legend .
    Just look a the amount of jobs there ex players get a load of crap

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  • Pat On The Heed

    Jul 11, 2020 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #24

    Three decent chances to go in 2-0 at HT not taken. Casual up front and jittery at the back.

    Watford have some good players – Welbeck, Dacoure, Sarr, Hughes. They’re not a team to be swept aside. But still with the goal advantage it’s a shame we didn’t land that killer blow.

    Easy to blame Bruce but when you look at the players we have out there – this is about where we are. Reality check.

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  • WLtoon

    Jul 11, 2020 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #25

    Irishrob,

    Bruce will be here if Ashley is, i would take a bet anytime on that.

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  • Great White Hunter

    Jul 11, 2020 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #26

    ChicoUSA, can Amanda play at full back…….only joking.

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  • Sir Swlabr

    Jul 11, 2020 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #27

    Kevin V. I get precious little time to be on the blog, which is why I’m just responding to yours of last night at around 11.05.(now that the match is finished)
    In response to a civil question, in which I wondered about the context of the sentence you posted, I got a prickly answer from you. If the subject had been done to death, I didn’t know. Like I said, I don’t get the chance to be on the blog as much as some.You said something along the lines of…”Does it matter” …Well, sorry I bothered you.

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  • The ledge

    Jul 11, 2020 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #28

    Its easy to blame bruce because he is actually useless no more excuses.
    He is not a premier league manager and never has been its that simple .

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  • fairscup

    Jul 11, 2020 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #29

    Only good thing is that it drops Villa further in the shite.

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  • JAMSHA

    Jul 11, 2020 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #30

    poor performance, looks like our players are not intrested anymore that we are safe or they know the takeover is gona happen and they will be sold

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 11, 2020 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #31

    So according to bruce we’ve been brilliant since the re-start.

    Couldn’t beat villa at home
    Couldn’t beat WHU at home
    Lost to Watford with nearly everyone available
    Got handed our arses twice by city
    Beat 10 man Shef utd
    Beat free falling B’mouth.

    If that is brilliant then Bruce is seriously deluded or very easily satisfied.
    Those who say he has done better than expected in getting us lower mid-table is a damning indictment in itself of his abilities.

    As someone said, even if he has done better than imagined and that is setting the bar very low, Bruce will simply never be a top coach, certainly not now after 20 years.

    Today’s joke of a Rose / Manquillo / Kraft switch around substitution is just one of so many examples where he just doesn’t have the tactical acumen to succeed at a higher level.

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  • ChicoUSA

    Jul 11, 2020 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #32

    If Rafa watched that defensive display he probably will dig his grave, lay down in it and start rolling over in it! Mindless display!

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  • #cans

    Jul 11, 2020 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #33

    PatOnTheHeed – Don’t think I’d take any of the Watford players you mention – they are championship / lower table epl at best, they just wanted it more than us 2nd half – Pearson clearly gave a better half time talk and tactics than Bruce

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  • onmeedsun

    Jul 11, 2020 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #34

    I hate watching these games as they are pointless for us, except they have shown Bruce up to be inept at influencing a game mid game. And a good few of those players showed appalling lack of application second half. The only focus now should be the takeover. Hopefully we’ll get tonked in the last 3 matches which will shut up Bruce’s mates in the media. I wanted Bruce to do well but this has proven to me that he just isn’t good enough.

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  • JAMSHA

    Jul 11, 2020 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #35

    wont blame bruce what can we expect from a average manager, blame fatty for not getting a better manager after rafa left

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  • ChicoUSA

    Jul 11, 2020 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #36

    GWH
    I’m sure Amanda could play better than what we witnessed today! 😉

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 11, 2020 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #37

    Jamsha

    Fingers crossed

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  • Kevin Vegan

    Jul 11, 2020 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #38

    Sir Swlabr

    Sorry mate didn’t intend to upset you, as I was saying I just wanted to stick to talking about the club and that wasn’t really related. Hope you understand.

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  • Ron Knee

    Jul 11, 2020 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #39

    @23

    Too true.

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  • #cans

    Jul 11, 2020 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #40

    Rotunda – totally agree, anyone who thinks Bruce has done a great with 80+ million spent is deluding themselves

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