Fair to say there was no shortage of confidence amongst the Watford fans before kick-off.
It was not so much a case of whether the visitors would win, instead it was just by how many goals?
These are just a small selection of what Watford fans were saying pre-match, then following that, what they had to say after the defeat…
‘With our squad we should really be smashing teams like this if we’re serious about pushing onto Europe, anything less than a comfortable victory will be embarrassing. Newcastle 0-4 Watford’
‘I feel a bit sorry for Newcastle really.
It’s going to be another gloomy night of sunken-shouldered post match interview woe for Melon-head Benitez.’
‘Newcastle always provide us with 6 points over a season, and I can’t see why this game should be any different, with our first 3 point instalment due on Saturday.
Not sure we’ll smash them, but a comfortable victory should be within our reach.
‘They look doomed and Rafa shows all the body language of someone who’s thrown in the towel.’
‘One of the 3 certainties in life: death, taxes, and taking 6 points off Newcastle.’
‘The law of averages suggests they must beat us at some point.
Not this time though, 3 nil us.’
‘I was thinking last week, against Huddersfield, that we haven’t really tonked anyone for a long time. I’m talking 4, 5-0. That’s why I was a bit frustrated last week despite the result, we had enough chances to really wallop them. This is another chance.’
Watford fans comment via their top WFCForums message board:
‘Poor wasteful performance against a dreadful team.’
‘Staggered that professional footballers can miss so many clear cut chances – Delefeuo, Gray, Okaka, Mapps!
It is just disappointing – the game should have been over at half time. It is quite shocking – £50 k a week and some basic misses.’
‘I know he was always going to Fulham but I was gutted we didn’t compete for Mitrovic in the summer.’
‘A good run home on the A1 was the highlight of the day, just pipping the all day breakfast in the Pontefract Morrisons. On the game, we were far superior in the first half, but petered out in the second.’
‘Who would have thought we could attract the likes of Pererya or Deulofeu, but we managed to sign them. We’re not talking about Aguero, just a player who is remotely competent would fit the bill.
We’ve already screwed up the Fulham and Newcastle matches purely because of a lack of a striker. We should not drop points against these clubs.’
‘Big game coming up for Gracia. Lose this and he could be sacked.’
‘Criticism of Success after yesterday is bonkers – he was our best player and laid chances on a silver platter for Deulofeu, Gray and Pereyra. He should have got at least 3 assists.’
‘We had so many good goal scoring opportunities. When you keep missing them, then it’s totally down to the players. We don’t have a striker at the club that has the necessary composure in front of goal.
It’s missing these chances that’s hurting the side so badly.
Had we been 3-0 ahead at half time, like we should have been, then Javi is a hero. There was nothing wrong with the performance, only the quality of our finishing that is the problem. We don’t seem able to take basic, straight forward chances, and this is a problem which I feel can only be rectified in the transfer market.’
‘I keep saying it, it’s boring! We need a goalscorer. We can’t keep relying on midfielder type players scoring spectacular goals, it just isn’t gonna happen regularly enough. The most satisfying goal for me last week was Success’s. A good move and clinically finished. We had half a dozen similar chances this week, and none taken.
Deloufou was so poor with his finishing today and a 36 year old Jermaine Defoe would have moved more quickly than Gray did for his chance. Success put it in plate for him and he waited for it, and Kenedy came from about 50 yards back to take it off his foot.’
‘I’ve spent 55 years watching Watford lose to crap sides that they should have buried and beating good sides they should have lost to. Plus ca change…’
‘I feel massively frustrated and on a downer with the result. But it wasn’t a bad performance. In some ways it was a better first half than Huddersfield as we absolutely cut them open with ease and style which was why the result is so frustrating. If we had taken one of those chances early doors it could easily of been 3 or more nil. It’s a game of fine margins and with one better finish we could all be on a massive high.
Yeah we missed a load of chances but at least we created them in the first place. Better to come away annoyed because we should have won as opposed to losing because we were rubbish and they were better. I still think this team is great with more to come and score for improving further.
‘As usual a defeat is followed by a load of over the top reaction.
We had the best start to a top division ever. Not over the last few seasons, ever. Better than Sir Graham even managed. We battered Newcastle for the first half and yes the finishing let us down but let’s not pretend we weren’t utterly dominant and looked a class above them just so we can have a good old moan on here.’
‘The ease with which Deulofeu and Success were getting into their box in the first half…’
‘In the first half we cut them to ribbons. In the second half they shut off our supply lines by pressing higher and we didn’t react.’
‘Games like this will happen.
If we have to lose the odd one, I’d much rather it was because we didn’t score a single one of the 40 opportunities that came our way.’
‘What is it about this club? We give life support to clubs on death’s door. Missed chance after chance in the first half and were ragged in the 2nd half, particularly after they scored.
Fantastic opportunity to move up the table badly missed.
We created so many chances. Improve our finishing and we will win many more games.
Still seething about today’s game though.’
‘How many chances are we going to have and not score? We should of been out of sight at half time.
Credit where it’s due their goal was well worked but it should of been a mere consolation. We were dominant throughout but if you can’t take chances you deserve nothing from a game.
They were the better side after they scored and it could of been a heavier loss too.
They were going to win eventually but it should not of been this game.
I’m so annoyed we lost this. Not because it’s Newcastle but because it’s so frustrating to dominate a game and not take a single goal.
I applaud the brave fans who travelled and I hope they all have a safe journey back. I know exactly how they feel. Same as me. Bitterly disappointed.’
‘Very similar to the game against Fulham. The much better team, should have been out of sight by half time, only to go and drop points.
Extremely frustrating, I hate these types of results because it really was an easy game for us to be winning.
Newcastle know they have got away with one there but that’s football. It happens to every team, just sucks when it us.’
‘Fair play to Newcastle they wanted it more
Massively disappointing should have won.’
‘Some appalling misses. Newcastle are terrible and will struggle all season. We were well below par. Miles below par especially with the finishing. Deulofeu was the chief culprit. Needs to learn how to pick his spot, dummy the second ball and keep his head up. Appalling to lose to what is a really poor team and one that made three changes too. Yedlin deserves a ban for his pathetic simulation as well.’
‘You won’t see many better examples of a game where the result doesn’t match the chances created than that.’
‘Poor wasteful performance against a dreadful team.’
‘Watford can be a real charity case. How many sitters did we miss? Same old story. At half time it was obvious how this game was going to pan out.
We’re the better team, but even against a canon-fodder side like Newcastle, you can lose if you miss your chances.
The worst defeat of the season by a mile. Such a gift given away.’
‘Absolutely pathetic performance against an utterly woeful team.
First half bright but embarrassingly wasteful (got away with it last week, it wasn’t going to happen again), second half slow, weak, ponderous and just generally useless.’