Watford fans had various reasons for celebrating after Saturday.
Beating Newcastle United is the obvious one, Watford’s first win in eight games.
Meanwhile, the victory means they are now mathematically safe from relegation.
The Watford fans are also happy that Newcastle stayed up…as they believe it means another guaranteed six points next season!
The Hornets have beaten the Magpies the last five times they have met but there were all kinds of views on this latest one.
A lot of praise for their first half display but doubts over what happened after the break, particularly their substitutions.
One thing they did seem to all agree on, Newcastle didn’t/don’t carry much threat going forward.
Watford fans comment via their top WFC Forums message board:
‘Thank god Newcastle are on the beach, no fight at all.’
‘Tried our best to give it away, didn’t really care if we did or didn’t to be honest, didn’t bother staying for the awards and tributes.
Not much to celebrate apart from Newcastle staying up which is another 6 points next season!’
‘Watford fans are lolz.
Gracia gets criticised for: not being tactically flexible, for failing to turn attractive football into points, for failing to score goals.
Watford: play a different formation, play brilliantly first half scoring two and missing a penalty then tough it out in the second.
After Gracia’s much derided tactical change, Newcastle didn’t have another shot on target.’
‘T’hank goodness Newcastle are in the Premier league. These patsies always provide us with 6 points per season.
Should have been 5-0 at half time. We were so wasteful. These were really good chances.
We were so on top, but it’s so typical of Watford. They lose their way and end up holding on to a game they should have won by half time.’
‘Poor substitutions from Gracia. No one to sit on Shelvey and sitting deeper and deeper inviting trouble by a cowardly change upfront.’
‘Newcastle had about 10 mins of pressure and Javi ***** himself and brings a defender on for a striker and invites that 10 mins of pressure to become 45 mins of pressure.
A better team with a better striker than Gayle would have punished us today.’
‘We got away with it because Newcastle were fairly toothless up front. Watford aren’t good enough defensively to be happy to soak up pressure like that even if today we just about did it.’
‘Talk about a game of two halves. Scored early with a Peyera tap in with good work from Gray and Deeney. Nice second and Deeney Had one eye on the ice cream van so the keeper read it.
3-0 at half time would of deflated Newcastle and sat in the EJ stand I was pleased with the effort from the team despite the penalty miss and the second half looked promising.
What the hell did the goblin say? Sit back get your trunks on for the beach? What a shambolic second half.
They score really early and we begin to panic, invite pressure and Newcastle enjoy the half and we look like a side terrified.
No composure on the ball and in all seriousness Newcastle could of drawn or even won that game. Subs were dire Gracia had no clue and it was battle royole last 10 mins.’
‘Newcastle are by far and away our most profitable PL opponents since our promotion, Played 4 won 4 plus a cup victory too.’
‘First half absolutely superb, kept it neat and tidy. Second half truly awful. Whilst I don’t like Gray, him and Deeney worked well together and created chances.
However taking Deeney off removed any threat at all. The ball could not stick up front and bought Newcastle undeservadly back into the game. It’s such a shame that naivety ruined a good game.’
‘Can we send Newcastle a bunch of flowers to say thanks for the 6 points.’
‘The pygmies of the PL beat the giants again.
But their local rag (Chronicle) revel in their “status” and stand behind that view.’
‘None of his changes ‘restricted’ Newcastle in any way. Shelvey was running things in the second half, and they put plenty of balls into the box that a club with a better set of attackers would have punished. We won today in spite of Gracia’s second half tactics, not because of them.’
‘Benitez changed their system at half time and reinforced it when he brought on Ritchie. And it was successful pressure because they’d already halved the deficit and showed no sign of slowing up.’