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Charlie Nicholas picks apart Watford 1 Newcastle 1 – Interesting

2 years ago

Charlie Nicholas has given an overview of the Watford 1 Newcastle 1 match on Saturday afternoon.

The Sky Sports pundit believing on balance, Rafa’s gamble to rest Salomon Rondon against Liverpool has paid dividends.

The striker was Newcastle’s best player on the day and scored a cracking header, as well as leading the line very well.

However, Charlie Nicholas was at pains to praise Matt Ritchie’s contribution, as his perfect cross was just what Rondon wanted to attack.

The Sky Sports man though said that a rest against Liverpool didn’t do Ayoze Perez much good.

The Spanish striker contributing next to nothing against Watford, hardly in the game.

Charlie Nicholas declaring ‘He (Rafa) wants to play him (Rondon) and pick up points and these are the type of games that Rafa can do that.’

Though he also wondered what the outcome would have been if Javi Gracia hadn’t rested six players of his own against Newcastle….

Charlie Nicholas and Jeff Stelling talking on Sky Sports:

Jeff Stelling:

“Was the decision to leave Salomon Rondon and Ayoze Perez on the bench and unused totally at Anfield, justified by the draw today?”

Charlie Nicholas:

“Just about, just about.

“They (Newcastle) never really played that well, Rondon definitely makes a big difference.

“Perez…very rarely in the game, he didn’t play that well.

“Ritchie played quite deep on the left hand side, but very wide, I think he does prefer being on the right, although I know he all left sided (footed).

“A beautiful cross…because Rondon had five or ten yards to make up.

“So you have got to pitch it up there, kind of hang it for a couple of seconds, to let him (Rondon) get the chance to go and attack it.

“It was a great pick out and a lovely finish from the big fellow.

“That is the reason he is back in the team.

“He (Rafa) wants to play him (Rondon) and pick up points and these are the type of games that Rafa can do that.

“Then you can flip it the other side, about the Watford manager leaving Deeney, Doucoure and a few others on the bench.

“It is Doucoure who comes to the rescue with eight minutes to go.

“Towards the end Watford looked like they were going to win it but I don’t think either team actually deserved to win it.

“It wasn’t a classic encounter but I think it is a pretty decent point for Newcastle.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Watford 1 Newcastle 1


Watford: Doucoure 82

Newcastle: Shelvey 29

Possession was Watford 63% Newcastle 37%

Total shots were  Watford 12 Newcastle 8

Shots on target were Watford 5 Newcastle 2

Corners were  Watford 3 Newcastle 6

Referee: Graham Scott

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Yedlin, Fernandez (Schar 46), Lascelles, Dummett, Ritchie, Hayden (Shelvey 79), Diame, Perez, Atsu, Rondon

Unused Subs:

Woodman, Muto, Joselu, Manquillo, Murphy

Crowd: 20,336 (Newcastle 2,000)

(The instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the Watford match – Read HERE)

(Javi Gracia forced to defend himself after Newcastle match – Read HERE)

(3 late Premier League goals ruin Newcastle’s Saturday afternoon – Read HERE)


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