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…

David McAvelia:

“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.”

Jamie Smith:

“Ah, relief.

“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.”

Nat Seaton:

“At last!!!!!

“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.”

David Punton:

“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.”

Toon Bano:

“We are out the bottom three.


“We are out the bottom three.

“…..for now.”

Paul Patterson:

“Onwards and upwards.

“Baby steps and we’ll see where we are in December…”

Jack Lacey-Hatton:

“Thank god.

“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

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)

  • Ron

    Ashley will go to bed happy, if we can maintain 17th then mission over, target achieved. No need to bank roll a successful side.

    • grantham mag

      So True

    • Kneebotherm8

      Heaven 17……

  • Kenny

    A win is a win, no matter how you get it.

    • Ba ba.


  • Andy Mac

    Problem now for Rafa. Ki, Schar and Perez do they stay or go ?

    • Ba ba.

      nice problem?

    • mentalman

      Depends on the seriousness of the injuries

      • Blackburn1066

        don’t care start with the team we finished with today

    • fistsofsteel2

      Stay…..we looked much better with them on the pitch.

      • Blackburn1066

        Yes we did

        • Leazes.

          that’s a troll

          • fistsofsteel2

            What you on about?

          • theoriginalbomberman

            Just ignore him Anybody that doesn’t agree with Rafa’s every decision and get into the hive cult mindset of him being a deity unable to do any wrong is immediately a troll on here. Pretty sure this guy is the one who goes on and on about paying taxes then goes on to praise the biggest tax cheats in modern football in rangers, i mean sevco, i mean the rangers.

  • Ba ba.

    We were far more mobile when sheveley went off.KI did the simple things and never stopped.Diame stepped up and played his own game instead of looking to play jonjo in so he can launch the ball forward.
    I feared the worst at the enforced subs but in my opinion we looked a better balanced team when the subs started.

  • Dillon Tovak

    Good goal by Perez and all that and I’m not going to rinse him because I quite like him, but his celebration sums up modern day footballers.
    He has been pretty rubbish for long periods of his career at the club and has got off quite lightly with regards to criticism, but he puts his fingers in his ears and doesn’t smile when he scores? Come on Ayoze, face the music and let your football do the talking. Goals and assists silence critics, so crack on. No bratty celebrations. Having said that, continue to score and celebrate how you like.

    • Ram Kishore

      Schar looked promising especially with interceptions, going further forward and he’s good. I mean especially with his ball playing capability

  • molend

    I wonder whether it’s worth playing two of Lascelles/Schar/ LeJeune (when fit) as centre-backs, Fernandez as defensive midfielder and Ki a bit more advanced. I thought today showed that the Diame/Shelvey combination’s become a bit jaded. Anyway, well done the lads. Still no real quality, but you can’t fault the effort.

    • Ram Kishore

      Diame and Shelvey combination looked new and better last season and was a new combination back then. Maybe Rafa needs to come up with a plan rotating his midfield for every few games as he has 4 different midfielders with different characteristics. Add Sean Longstaff more dynamic nature to the midfield

      • Toontaff

        He can rotate Hayden on a kebab spit…………

        • Ram Kishore

          If he had rotated Merino he would still be in the squad and not left. I don’t really think about Hayden anymore the moment he handed the transfer request

      • mentalman

        He doesn’t do rotation in midfield he’s decided diame and shelvey are our best partnership and thats what he will stick with until he is forced to change it.

        If he’d rotated the team last season we may still have merino in the squad and Hayden could have left

        • Ram Kishore

          Yeah I miss Merino..

  • GlasgowMag

    Arrived at the black garter 2hours before kickoff got talking to a season ticket holder and he advised me that Mike is a a good guy and all our problems are because of Rafa!! Got to the game in the east stand and looked at the guys around me and started reminiscing about the old days when I used to start the singing but god what has happened as no atmosphere and most of the guys are more interested in their phone’s than attempting to sing and supporting the boys. Great win boys played well headed towards the Milburn stand to join in the demonstration. Could not believe the amount of fans heading the opposite way had to check on my phone if I was heading the right way, arrived at the demo only approx 200 out of 51 thousand were there!! Joined the demonstration was approached by a 70yr old asking me why I was there because Mike is a good guy!! So WTF mabye our so called fans deserve old cuddly Mike and from my experience today the Wolves no show is basically doomed to failure. Obviously I am happy we won but I must admit I’m disappointed and flabbergasted how many idiotic and ill informed so called fans are now attending our games!! So answers on a post card where do we go from here because I don’t [email protected] know!!

    • grantham mag


    • Blackburn1066

      There are no real fans go to the games now they all fell away when King Kev said good bye that’s when we stopped playing football at the toon.

    • Leazes.

      Don’t be down on it…. there are always these people amongs us, the majority are decent people and know the score….. probably a Sunderland season ticket holder anyway….unlucky….that’s a bit of a redneck place what do you expect to find there….rationality?

      …..they’ve got Dueling Banjos on the bloody juke box.

      • GlasgowMag


    • Steven05

      I’d love to know how those people come to that conclusion. I can’t think of one single reason to suggest he is a ‘good guy’

      • Toontaff


      • Ron

        I think he’s a good guy, well on bonfire night anyway!

    • TheFatController

      Some people just like to be contrary.

      If someone goes through life being inconsequential, no surprise come match days they are drawn to the attention blaming Rafa not Ashely gives them.

      For many, negative attention is better than no attention. And being in the minority with their views, they probably see themselves as the superior elite rather than just getting it wrong.

      Pity them.

    • Ram Kishore

      Almost all the stadiums are seems like neutral places. The so called difference between Home and away games is becoming non existent because of the silent atmosphere. When I watch the matches on TV in India I used to hear a lot during home matches few years back. Seemed more like a friendly which k went to 14 years ago when I was 11.

    • Themoscow72

      Some of these fans have been going for sixty years and have seen the bad times. You are right there are only two hundred protesters at best and you will be lucky if that many boycott the Wolves game. The attendance for the Wolves game will be higher than Watford and Fulham home games mark my words.

  • fistsofsteel2

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

    • Natturner26

      He got lucky today.

      • TheFatController

        I don’t think any day toiling under the Ashley regime can justifiably be termed ‘lucky’…

        • Natturner26

          He’s paid £4m a year.

  • 5floorshigh

    Ki made the difference, Schar looks like he got a lot to offer, Diame rubbish, Rondon non existant………..sell Lascelles in Jan and buy a proper striker with the money………..never been convinced about Kenedy but that was some track back and tackle to save the clean sheet……overall a dreadfull performance until the forced subs but a very welcome 3 points.

    • fistsofsteel2

      Good assessment of the game. I agree – sell Lascelles.

      • Danimal

        Yes, because all the evidence of the last 11 years shows that the money would be reinvested in the squad.

      • panther

        Yeah he backed the wrong horse

    • Rondon was excellent today. I don’t think Watford players ever won a 50/50 ball from him. He still doesn’t look 100% but should be against Bournemouth.

    • Ron

      Sell Lascelles and buy Debenhams!

  • Aussie Bill

    HM will declare monday a public holiday on Tyneside, 90 cannon will fire a salute at Windsor Castle, Raffa will be made Duke of Newcastle and Ashley will be appointed Purveyor of Fine Goods to the palace after the win at St James Park.
    Ha ha! A win is a win and well done to all, mind you we did at last get a little bit of luck.

  • Kneebotherm8

    A great giant killing act by us today,hopefully we can do it again next week against mighty Bournemouth….

  • We weren’t much better in attack. Still lacking that final pass or finish. Rondon absolutely bullied Watford’s CB’s but Muto needs to make more runs behind defenders, Kenedy has to learn to one-two outside the box instead of a poor shot and Diame/Shelvey need to run forward with the ball more often.
    We got a break today and hopefully that would build confidence and momentum, but don’t go thinking we are suddenly much better.

    • mentalman

      I thought muto made some good runs.

      We got the bit of luck you need when your down at the bottom, getting a win and out of relegation will give the players a massive boost.

      I honestly think diame and shelvey are doing what rafa wants them to do and ki isn’t, which is why he’s having mobility issues

      • Fair, but I think Ki did exactly what Rafa wanted him to do. Diame still shouldn’t be allowed to pass further than 10 yards (fumbled many attacking plays). He is excellent off the ball and should make more runs in the box. Longstaff is a better passer, so I think should be given a try with Ki/Shelvey at some point.

    • Cockneytrev

      Don’t agree with your rondon comment, he was hopeless