Mark Lawrenson thought there were a lot of ‘good things’ in Newcastle’s performance against Watford but one clear weakness.
Despite Watford resting four star players including Capoue and Ighalo, United failed to take advantage and despite some half decent approach play and edging possession, Gomes only had two shots on target (see stats below) to deal with.
Mark Lawrenson pointed out what we can all see, saying that teams who can’t score goals in the Premier League will always struggle, only Villa and Swansea have scored less than Newcastle’s paltry 19 Premier League goals.
As the BBC pundit points out, the defeat at Watford was Newcastle’s fourth 1-0 loss in a row in all competitions, the team clearly desperate for a minimum of one or two extra proven goalscorers.
As to how Newcastle address that problem….Mark Lawrenson says it will be ‘very interesting’ to see what United do in the remaining three weeks of the transfer window (ends 11pm Monday 1 February).
Asked by Match of The Day host (and Newcastle fan) Gabby Logan, whether he thinks Newcastle will be busy in the window, Lawrenson’s answer was unequivocal.
Let’s hope he is right.
Mark Lawrenson speaking on Saturday night’s Match of The Day:
“I think it was a Newcastle performance that was full of a lot of the good things, apart from their finishing.
“I think as a manager, for Steve McClaren it gives you something to cling onto – but the problem is that they just seem now to be having narrow defeats.
“If you can’t score goals in this league…I know it is the FA Cup today but up against a Premier League team, you are always going to struggle.
“It will be very interesting in the next three weeks to see what they do in the transfer window.”
Gabby Logan: ‘You think they will be busy?’
Here are the stats from BBC Sport:
Goals: Deeney 44mins
Possession was 55% Newcastle and 45% Watford
Total shots was 8 for Newcastle and Watford 5
Shots on target was Newcastle 2 and Watford 3
While corners was Newcastle 9 and Watford 3
Team: Elliot, Coloccini (Lascelles 46), Mbemba, Dummett, Janmaat, Tiote (de Jong 82), Sissoko, Wijnaldum, Mbabu (Thauvin 52), Perez, Mitrovic
Unused Subs: Darlow, Sterry, Gouffran, Toney
Ref: Roger East
Crowd: 18,258 (2,809 Newcastle)
To read Newcastle fan/writer reaction to the Watford game go HERE.