Newcastle 1 Watford 0 – Saturday 3 November 3pm
We asked a number of our regular writers to give us a brief instant reaction after the final whistle.
Newcastle getting their first win in the 11th Premier League match of the season.
At least temporarily out of the bottom three…
“On the Metro on the way to today’s game I asked my 10 and 8 year old sons their match prediction.
“1-0 to us.
“As I slumped in my seat at half time I couldn’t help but admire their youthful optimism. How we managed to go in without conceding I’ll never know.
“Diame was happy leathering it or losing it, Muto was wasteful on the break, we looked disorganised and facing another defeat.
“I don’t think we can put today’s win down to Rafa’s tactical genius, the second half team was unrecognisable through three enforced substitutions.
“But Diame finally found his second gear, Schar and Fernandez looked like the new Maldini and Baresi and Ki strutted around the park like Iniesta in his pomp.
“1-0 it finished.
“Here’s to youthful optimism and three points.
“By the way…. my boys have predicted 1-0 against Bournemouth. Get your money on it now.”
“The whole day looked set to go wrong again with United using all 3 subs by 50 minutes.
“The hex over NUFC at the minute would suggest that the goalie would get himself sent off and we have another round of standard misery.
“As it was the subs made a positive impact with Schar putting in a shift and Perez notching the winner.
“For me though Ki was the difference maker.
“As well as making the goal he offered a cool presence in the middle of the park that settled jangling nerves.
“Hopefully we can kick on from this, to see out of the bottom 3 after waiting this long for a win is a minor miracle.”
“A massive 3 points.
“Some running back and all in defending during the second half that maybe wouldn’t have happened without a goal lead to defend.
“Watford’s finishing was poor but in the end a well deserved first win of the season.”
“Ayoze Perez has come under fire in recent weeks and he was rightly dropped today, so it’s to his credit that he emerged from the bench to settle this game with a smart header. 1-0.
“Thin gruel, yes, but much needed.
“The players showing some character after a first half that should have saw Watford four goals to the good -more credit for United’s custodian, Martin Dubravka. He’s a real leader and a great keeper.
“Going into this game it was a case of Watford fans stating Newcastle were there for the taking, and given our shambles we had to agree with them.
“No disrespect but we’re living through times where Watford are a few streets ahead of us. They’ve spent money.
“But Rafa loves a 1-0 and today he can sleep easy with this breakthrough.
“It has to be a start, hopefully. We’re not out the woods yet, far from it, but today was welcome respite from the shambles.”
“We are out the bottom three.
“We are out the bottom three.
“Onwards and upwards.
“Baby steps and we’ll see where we are in December…”
“I have been saying for weeks we just needed a bit of luck and today we got it with the first half missed chances from Watford.
“Brilliant effort from the lads.
“I am still convinced the unity shown over 90 minutes from us will start to pick up points.
“Enjoy Saturday evening everyone.”
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)
(Thousands of Newcastle fans didn’t miss much apart from a win! – Read HERE)