Watford 1 Newcastle 0 Saturday 9 January 3pm FA Cup 3rd Round
Another dismal FA Cup defeat for Newcastle United. We now haven’t scored in four matches, and although Steve McClaren might disagree, we don’t look like scoring.
You can’t ‘play well’ and ‘give your all’ in four consecutive matches and not be able to score a goal or win a game (or even draw a match).
Newcastle fielded an unchanged side with the exception of Mbabu who came in for an injured Jack Colback, a welcomed change with many fans having called for Mbabu’s inclusion in the squad for a while now. Even though we anticipated it would be instead of Dummett…
Watford meanwhile made four changes, including dropping their best player, a guy who has scored over half of their goals this season… yet they still managed to beat Newcastle.
Newcastle lined up in a 3-5-2 formation, that at most times during the game looked awkward and clearly untested.
Before the game, the Newcastle team did their usual huddle in the centre of the pitch, which once again, wasn’t led by their captain but by Rob Elliot.
After taking 10 minutes to settle down, Newcastle began to dominate the opening periods of the first half with much of the possession, making gains down the both sides of the pitch.
Newcastle managed two shots on target and they both came between the 8th and 15th minute. The first was a real chance, as Daryl Janmaat wriggled through the Watford defence but put a tame shot at Gomes, who saved easily. Wijnaldum then had the next ‘chance’ as he flicked the ball straight at Gomes. I wouldn’t call it a chance but a shot on target nonetheless.
The best chance of the game fell to Ayoze Perez who was teed up on the edge of the box, after good work from Sissoko, but scuffed his lines and missed the target by a mile.
Right on the stroke of half-time Watford made it 1-0. I didn’t actually see the misplaced pass back from Wijnaldum, but by the time I looked up Troy Deeney was through on goal and the inevitable happened as he rounded Elliott and put Watford a goal up.
Changes were made at the break from both sides. Newcastle’s captain fantastic was brought off for Jamaal Lascelles. Still no word from the club on why he was brought off. Maybe 45 minutes of FA Cup football was just too overwhelming for a player who has barely featured for the club in the world’s premier domestic cup competition.
In the second half Newcastle did absolutely nothing. No chances, no hope, we could have carried on playing until we play them again in two weeks time and we wouldn’t have scored.
The only glimmers of hope came when Sissoko pushed forward on the counter attack but failed to find an end product, and in the dying moments when the ball came to Thauvin at the back post but he did nothing with it.
Newcastle certainly didn’t dominate this game, and in my opinion, deserved nothing but a defeat.
Similar to recent games, particularly the two matches away to Leicester and Crystal Palace, the fans, quite rightly, gave the players some stick in the second half.
“We want our money back”
“We’re sh*t and we’re sick of it”
“We want our Newcastle back”
“Its only 1-0, how s**t must you be”
“You’re nothing special, we lose every week”
“You’re getting sacked in the morning”
“We’re f******g s**t”
There were 2,809 Newcastle fans there today, the majority of whom have travelled from the North East. Newcastle fans are quite right to voice their frustrations. I don’t agree that much with booing players, but hey, if the guy next to me wants to do it then he should be allowed to do so without anybody criticising him for it.
Everyone at Newcastle United takes the fans for granted. It’s the first week in January, just after Christmas, people don’t have a lot of money in general, never mind at this time of the year. We don’t have the luxury of flying into London, staying in a top hotel and travelling to the game on a luxury bus.
2,809 fans have to fork out minimum £50 for any away game. Train tickets are expensive and coach journeys are long & tiring, especially for fans with jobs and families. Yet we continually turn up and support the team.
A message to any fan reading this – If you have saved up your hard week’s earnings, get up at 5am (for the train or the bus), in the bitter cold & pouring rain like today, spent A LOT of money on travel and your ticket, gave up a Saturday with your family or friends or son/daughter, your one day off in the week, and you turn up and are treated to utter s**t, then you are well within your right to voice your concerns from the terraces without anyone judging you, ESPECIALLY Steve McClaren.
Looking on twitter after the game, it was evident that media outlets and fans who did not attend the game had picked up the wrong end of the stick concerning Florian Thauvin.
Florian Thauvin was not singled out by the fans for unfair criticism. With five minutes to go, Newcastle needed a goal, and Thauvin took a dive in front of the Newcastle away end. He then proceeded to roll around the floor, flicking a wrist as if it was hurting. Newcastle fans booed him for this, Paul Dummett even ran over and told him to get up. The fans then fittingly sang, “you’re not fit to wear the shirt” – and in that moment, he deserved it.
Reaction to his laughable post match press conference, quotes even worst than most of what Pardew came out with.
“I thought the chants were very harsh”
- How Newcastle fans are treated, lied to, taken for granted, used for money and propaganda by you, the board and Mike Ashley, that is harsh.
“The attitude of the players, that’s all they ask”
- The attitude of the players sucks Steve! Most of them couldn’t even be bothered to come over at the end of the game and clap their hands. They don’t even have to clap, I’d respect them a lot more if they came over and argued with some of us.
“We had 25 crosses” + “Gomes made saves”
- Is it not worrying that we had 25 crosses and didn’t create one chance from any of them??? And we had two shots on target, both comfortable saves.
Is it not telling that every summer our players are linked with moves to big teams yet we are still rubbish? Does that not say something about the attitude of our players, because big clubs aren’t linked with bad footballers…
Newcastle not United
We want Newcastle back. Newcastle United football club is dying, it is dying at the hands of Mike Ashley, with the help of Lee Charnley, Alan Carr’s Dad, Steve McClaren and the worst group of footballers in the history of the club.
The team is a stain on the city and its people. It’s an embarrassment. From top to bottom.
We must rebel, we must do something, because under Mike Ashley, and this regime, nothing is going to change.
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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.