Charlie Nicholas has given an overview of the Newcastle 1 Watford 0 match on Saturday afternoon.

The Sky Sports pundit believing that the three enforced subs all helped Newcastle.

Schar coming on and helping tighten the defence as Lascelles went off.

Perez replacing the limping Muto and scoring the winner.

Whilst Ki came on for Shelvey and was man of the match, including making the only goal of the game.

Charlie Nicholas admired Newcastle’s dogged determination but declared: ‘The Watford manager will say we played really well and should have won this football match.’

Watford could have been out of sight by half-time as they wasted chance after chance.

Newcastle though rode their luck and Charlie Nicholas pointed out ‘When you get your fortune, you have to take advantage of it.’

Hopefully Newcastle can use this as a starting point but they may not be quite so lucky if they gift so many chances as they did first half with some poor defending.

Charlie Nicholas taking to Sky Sports:

“When you get your fortune, you have to take advantage of it – otherwise what is the point?

“The first half Watford bossed, Deulofeu in particular, Pereyra very good. Gave Newcastle problems with their pace and movement.

“Really bad misses though (from Watford)…Mariappa dragged it wide from five yards, a shocking miss.

“If Watford had gone in front, Newcastle would have been in trouble.

“Then you get the change, the injuries come and all three (Newcastle) subs are used because of injuries.

“Gradually they grind it, Newcastle better the second half.

“Ki’s set-piece, Ki went for a one-two and Hughes blocked him – touch and go if it was a penalty.

“Right on the edge of the box Ki was very clever, brilliant pace on it (free-kick), Perez was played onside, a clinical finish.

“It was dogged determination that got Newcastle through this.

“A bit more solid at the back, Martin Dubravka had three or four excellent saves, that is what good goalkeeping is all about.

“Schar has come on (for Lascelles) and played really well, solid.

“You always feel that Rafa has got that but Newcastle were nervous first half and you have to sit in, get the discipline right.

“The subs were forced on Rafa but they helped.

“Determination and digging their heels in.

“But it would have been so different if Watford had gone ahead but Newcastle got the job done and they are out of the bottom three.

“The Watford manager will say we played really well and should have won this football match.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 1 Watford 0

Goal: Perez 65

Possession was Watford 58% Newcastle 42%

Total shots were  Watford 16 Newcastle 10

Shots on target were Watford 1 Newcastle 2

Corners were  Watford 9 Newcastle 8

Referee: Craig Pawson

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles (Schar 45), Fernandez, Dummett, Ritchie, Diame, Shelvey (Ki 51), Kenedy, Rondon, Muto (Perez 45+2)

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Joselu, Manquillo, Atsu

Crowd: 49,157 (Watford approx 1,500)

(Thousands of Newcastle fans didn’t miss much apart from a win! – Read HERE)

(Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Newcastle 1 Watford 0 – Read HERE)

(Javi Gracia can’t believe how his Watford side didn’t win, never mind get beat – Read HERE)

(Graeme Swann video message for Rafa Benitez after Newcastle win – See HERE)



  • BigHairyDog

    Diame man of the match…Been sniffing the white stuff again Charlie?

    • Dillon Tovak

      It’s got to be Dubravka. I spent half the match being infuriated with Kenedy but in reality, his effort today was immense and deserving of a motm nomination.
      That tackle was world class.
      He’s a headless chicken though.

      • mentalman

        His pressure high up the pitch when we didn’t have possession was good to see and something they need to do more often.

    • Philippines

      BBC report has photo of Perez as man of the match.

  • Ashley-out

    here we go Schar and Ki played well and along with Perez won the game so sell
    Lascelles & Shelvey in January & the oaf pockets another £50m. but if you are happy with 17th it just shows what has became of the club, there is no way forward under Ashley, he would be happy with 17th every season just creaming off the money.

    • Salty

      If we get offered daft money for Lascelles I’d take it. Lejeune and Fernandez are defo better and so is Schar on today.

      • Ashley-out

        there you go, apart from Lejeune who is lascelles partner the others have a few games & they are better than Lascelles who has hit a bad patch after two season as the backbone of the team
        you think like Ashley. is it any wonder we are where we are

        • Salty

          Skipper has gone backwards this season as Lejeune made him look a better player last season.Fernandez looks better all round and Schar looked good today. His place could be under threat

      • fistsofsteel2

        Lascelles isn’t good enough for daft money…..he’s £20m tops.

        • Salty

          £20m would be daft money. Great attitude but limited, can’t pass a ball. That’s why he’ll nevet get a cap and not play for a top 6 side

      • Danimal

        Would you indeed? And what would you do with it? Spend it on some inspired signings? No, because it wouldn’t be you doing the “taking”. It would be Mike Ashley who gets the money, meaning that the club would never see that money ever again. When will you learn?

        • Mung Bean

          … and we’d accept payment over 5 years, or a similar timeframe.

          We’d be diving into the bargain basement bin, as per usual, when spending whatever amount which actually lands back into a transfer kitty.

        • DC1964

          Spot on!

  • Blackburn1066

    In the first 20 mins we could have been three or four down but lady luck shone on us and we got the winner. we are not out of the woods yet.

    • Carverlier football

      If we do get out of the woods it won’t be until the very end of the season. And we’ll find MA planting some more trees…

  • fistsofsteel2

    Rafa should get manager of the month for being forced into making the substitutions that won the game 😜

  • JohnnyH

    You read the posts across all tonight’s articles, and it’s like we’re home and hosed.
    FFS we’ve won one poxy game, we’ve still got to stick to the main objective.

    GET ASHLEY OUT

    • Steven05

      I’m concerned that we win a few more games and it all fizzles out…

      It’s pointless winning games while he is still here

  • Danimal

    Slightly off message but I am impressed that Wolves can be awarded two penalties in 12 minutes, whereas we can only expect two every 24 months. I suppose it’s irrelevant as we miss them anyway.

  • robbersdog

    Off-topic, but THIS in today’s Telegraph…

    The creeping takeover of struggling high streets by Sports Direct tycoon Mike Ashley has come at a cost of 6,000 jobs and more than £1bn in unpaid bills, The Sunday Telegraph can reveal.

    An analysis of Mr Ashley’s raids on distressed retailers and pre-packaged deals with administrators shows how he has capitalised on Britain’s insolvency laws to build his empire.

    The man’s a carpetbagger of the worst kind. But hey, we all know that.

  • Alreet

    We all need to just calm down.

    We won a match, woop di do, we broke our record in doing it, 10 games without, now we just assume we are gonna go on a run we it doesnt just work like that. We can enjoy the fact that we were bossed but still won from only our second shot on target.

    The morons on here giving credance to the sale of lascelles is no better than the chief slug. I hope its all hot air because the amount of times he helped us out last season is unreal. You dont just lose that.

    Its been an awful start for everyone and we were lucky here, we need to knuckle down and get some shots on target now. Goals win matches and we are pap at scoring right now

    • Toontaff

      We should have beaten Brighton, but didn’t, so at least karma winning this time.

      • Alreet

        Correct and the same for manu but for a spoon shot from kenedy.

        We have to work with what weve got. It needs mixing up but hopefully we can make a good blend

      • DC1964

        I agree, we played better against Brighton and lost!

  • Leicester Mag

    One thing there is seldom much of at Newcastle is perspective. Only at Newcastle can a win be seen as a double edged sword. For my perspective a first win in 170+ days, irst win of the season, a game we should of lost against Watford, speak volumes where we now stand under the pound shop Trump. Will we build on this? We haven’t in 11 years.