Newcastle 1 Watford 2 Saturday 19 September 3pm
We asked a number of our regular writers to give us a brief instant reaction after the final whistle, to talk about some aspect of the match:
“I wasn’t expecting any miraculous improvement from Monday night but I didn’t expect that performance!
“Not only did we appear tactically clueless, at times I saw a lack of desire that was extremely worrying looking forward.
“From the off, Watford wanted it way more than we did. No consolation for me in the second half – slight improvement.
“A home defeat to a newly promoted team that had only won one game and scored 3 goals so far this season says it all.”
“We didn’t win a header. We didn’t get on the end of anything. A better patch in the second half but we’re too slow. Plan A isn’t working. “
“Poor performance, we were passive for large parts of the game.
“A number of our 11 were passengers when they should be forcing their presence. A small improvement in the 2nd half but ran out of steam.
“Jesus, Mary and Joseph on a Harley Davison could have crossed the turf and not woken our slumber.
“Watford fancied it and we couldn’t cope. Looking forward to Chelsea and Man City now, like the thought of urinating a melon. Unhappy days.”
“Very concerning as for the second game in a row the ‘solid base’ game plan is blown apart by woeful defending.
“The opposition were gifted a two goal lead we would never look capable of eclipsing.
“Cisse a disgrace again and it’s very difficult to see where goals are going to come from in the coming months.
“A must win has been lost.”
“Coloccini looks more ready to collect his pension than play centre back in the Premier League.
“When your biggest attacking threat is the right back (again), you know things are grim.”
“Too many players played badly today.
“If you want to win games in the PL you need to play better and try harder than we did in the first half.
“We’re desperate for a goalscorer and a leader now.”
These are the key stats as provided by BBC Sport;
Possession was 58% Newcastle and 42% Watford
Total shots was 15 for Newcastle and Watford 13
Shots on target was Newcastle 5 and Watford 4
While corners was Newcastle 5 and Watford 5
Player ratings totals below from fans so far, add yours and then press submit.
Team: Krul, Janmaat, Coloccini, Mbemba, Haidara (Aarons 80), Anita, Colback, Sissoko, Wijnaldum, Thauvin (Obertan 88), Perez, Cisse (46 Perez)
Unused Subs: Elliot, Lascelles, Williamson, Lascelles
Ref: Roger East