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
Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles (Schar 45), Fernandez, Dummett, Ritchie, Diame, Shelvey (Ki 51), Kenedy, Rondon, Muto (Perez 45+2)
Darlow, Joselu, Manquillo, Atsu
Crowd: 49,157 (Watford approx 1,500)
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