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This will make it all the sweeter when Newcastle stuff Watford

5 months ago
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It is Watford up next, Newcastle United’s 11th opportunity to grab their first win of the season, actually the 12th if you include the abysmal League Cup defeat at Forest.

Fair to say that the mood isn’t great.

The first 84 days of the season producing no wins tends to do that to you.

The back four and keeper did well at Southampton to pick up a third clean sheet and point but that alone doesn’t win you matches.

When you add everything else that is going on, in terms of the protests against Mike Ashley and so on, it just drags your mood down further.

Not that I disagree with the Newcastle v Wolves boycott and other protests, actually it is quite the opposite, I’ll be joining in with all of them as usual.

It is just the simple fact that this, going to the match, is supposed to be fun. It is supposed to be our release from the day to day stresses of home, work and family.

Instead of that, we find Newcastle United has become the biggest stress of all.

I must admit, I had been looking ‘forward’ to the Watford game as just another chore, a bit like putting the bin out or doing DIY around the house.

However, I have decided to shake all of that off and go positive.

Not saying it is going to be easy but I have now got it into my head that NUFC are going to win on Saturday and the more I think about it, the more convinced I have become that it will happen.

Not just a case of relying on the laws of probability and believing that we have to win sometime, somehow.

Instead, I think there are valid reasons for believing.

Salomon Rondon should be able to start, so Newcastle will at last have a focus for their attacks. This will also make it a double positive, as passenger Perez should be dropped to the bench.

Then when you analyse the last three matches as well, there is a case for believing that if luck could have fallen Newcastle’s way, Rafa’s players could have won all three.

The penalty that wasn’t given at Old Trafford that could have put us three up, then Newcastle were far better than Brighton and should have won, whilst Newcastle didn’t deserve to beat Southampton the clean sheer meant that if the team could have fluked a goal like Brighton did a week earlier – then the Magpies could also have sneaked a win.

As for the visitors, there is a bit of a pattern in recent seasons.

In 2016/17 Watford started the season with only three defeats in the opening 10 matches before only winning two of the next 12.

In 2017/18 Watford started the season with only one defeat in the opening eight games before ten winning only three of the next 17 (losing 11 of the 17).

This time they have once again started well and have 19 points from the first 10 matches but their bubble may be set to burst once again.

In that last home match, if Perez had put away that sitter in the first few minutes against Brighton then Newcastle would have won comfortably.

The same is the case on Saturday for me, somebody has to step up and take that chance and/or luck to fall our way.

The best victories are those that are unexpected and bizarrely, for many Newcastle fans, Watford at home has become a match that looks so unlikely to bring three points.

This is going to be Newcastle’s first win of the season and give us a chance to crawl away from trouble eventually.

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