The travelling fans at Vicarage Road for Watford v Newcastle were looking for a bounce back from the two poor defeats to Everton and West Brom.

However, the first 45 minutes have been arguably the worst they have seen so far this season.

Poor defending from Paul Dummett saw Newcastle go a goal down in under 120 seconds, Pereyra the beneficiary.

One-time supposed NUFC target Andre Gray then made it two on 28 minutes, for once Martin Dubravka letting himself down in commanding the box. Totally getting a cross wrong and leaving the Watford man with a simple header.

Six minutes before half-time, it was Paul Dummett once again at fault, bringing down Gray in the box for a spot-kick.

Dubravka redeemed himself slightly with a double save, Deeney failing also with a rebound after his first effort was saved.

At the break it reads seven shots on target for Watford and none for Newcastle.

Hoping for better, or at least not as bad, in the second half.

Kevin Kilbane covering the match for BBC Sport:

“It was dreadful defending by Newcastle but it’s a good finish by Roberto Pereyra.

“Paul Dummett should have put his foot through it but it’s great awareness to feed Pereyra who finished well.”

Alistair Bruce-Ball for BBC Radio 5 live:

“Newcastle’s start to this game has been sleepy, sloppy, shoddy and I’m sure there’s a few other “s” words Rafael Benitez might come up with.

“Having already furiously stripped down to his waistcoat (not just his waistcoat obviously!) on the touchline.

“Martin Dubravka has made a superb double save to deny Roberto Pereyra and Troy Deeney – and Newcastle just look like they’re very much here for the taking.”

Stats from BBC Sport:


Watford 2 Newcastle 0 


Watford: Pereyra 2, Gray 28

Possession was Watford 48% Newcastle 52%

Total shots were Watford 8 Newcastle 2

Shots on target were Watford 7 Newcastle 0

Corners were Watford 1 Newcastle 1

Referee: Roger East

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Manquillo, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett, Murphy, Shelvey, Diame, Kenedy, Perez, Gayle

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Yedlin, Hayden, Joselu, Haidara, Merino, Ritchie

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Good goal Perez, Rafa must have gave them a kick up the backside

    • mentalman

      He could do with kicking Gayle a bit harder

      • Leicester Mag

        Hos tried but he missed – 🐮rse banjo

        • Andy Mac

          Rinse and repeat !

  • Peaky

    £12m for Murphy ??? Oh dear,oh dear,oh dear…..

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      £5m for the Hoss, oh dear
      £17m down the toilet

      • Leicester Mag

        Herein lies the rub, a pound spent on a player who’s not good enough is a pound wasted.

        • Andy Mac

          Er didn’t realise your real name was Einstein ? 😁

          • Leicester Mag

            Sadly not..never could get general relativity, or a one dimensional particle in an infinitely deap well. As for Schrodinger’s cat being alive and dead simultaneously…

            One thing I do get is Einstein’s definition of stupidity being to repeat the same thing over and over again and yet expect a different outcome. Yet we expect a pit pony to be a thoroughbred

          • Andy Mac

            You’re preaching to the converted aim your Einsteinism’s elsewhere. #UncleRafa

      • HarryHype59

        Add £5m for Manky. For £22m we could have bought a semi decent striker!

    • Leicester Mag

      Is Murphy the love child of Des Hamilton?

      • Peaky

        Yes…I think he could well be…

    • HarryHype59

      Who signed him again?

      • Peaky

        Can’t argue with that Harry….he made some stinkers in his time at Liverpool if I also remember….to be fair all managers do..

  • wheyayeman

    40 points then collapse?! Set the marker to 60 points next year methinks !

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      60 points will never be attained with that squad or even 50 for that matter

  • nufcslf

    Can’t see another point this season to be honest even with that second half performance. Spurs away used to a half decent hunting ground, but fear the worst this time around. Chelsea at home might produce a surprise, but not holding my breath.

    • mentalman

      the players have given up for the season so it’d be the perfect time to try some different things

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        They haven`t given up they`ve just reverted to what they are.
        we had a bounce when Kenedy & Dubravka arrived & a few players hit a bit of form but the quality isn`t there to sustain it.

        • HarryHype59

          100% true. In truth this is a very poor side! It is marginally better than the teams that will be relegated this season.

  • Albert Stubbins

    On the beach!! Who sang that again?

    • Andy Mac

      Wasn’t Pink Floyd that’s for sure 🤔

  • Andy Mac

    We have no strikers. Well we have one but he’s busy knocking them in elsewhere.

    In the words of the great Pink Floyd on their album “The Wall” how can you score a goal when you haven’t got a striker ?

    I marvel at this club and how it works or doesn’t ?

  • Aussie Bill

    With nothing to lose we could have given a couple of the U23’s a run, they are on a bit of high after lifting our only trophy. They would get some experience and could do no worse.