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Javi Gracia disappointed not to take all three points after finishing the better team at Newcastle

3 weeks ago
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Javi Gracia thought the game could have gone either way at St James Park.

It was second bottom against rock bottom and not surprisingly there wasn’t a lot of quality on show on either side.

Newcastle were very poor first half and lucky to go in level thanks to Schar’s excellent finish with his weaker left foot.

United had a 10 minute spell in the middle of the second half when they had a handful of decent chances/shots but when they couldn’t convert any of them, that upturn quickly faded.

The final 20 minutes seeing the visitors on top but unable to take advantage, Dubravka making some excellent saves.

Javi Gracia very disappointed that none of those late ‘clear chances’ were taken but the Watford boss also wanting to see the positives in a point.

Javi Gracia:

“An important point for us because so far in three games, we weren’t able to get any points.

“We started (the) scoring but after they scored, they (Newcastle) played better.

“At the end, we changed and improved and had clear chances.

“It was a close game, an equal game and it could be a different result for us or them.

“It’s a good point and we need to improve and look for our first big victory in the next game.

“You could see with our changes (substitutions) we tried to change (and threaten more in attack).

“Looking for offensive players with Isaac Success and Nathaniel Chalobah in the middle and with Gerard Deulofeu.

“We tried to look for victory but we weren’t able to do it.

“Last season we started really well but this season the first four games we’ve only got one point.

“Now we have a break and it’s a good time to work and prepare better for the next game.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 1 Watford 1 – Saturday 31 August 3pm

Goals:

Newcastle:

Schar 41

Watford:

Hughes 2

Possession was Watford 51% Newcastle 49%

Total shots were Watford 13 Newcastle 13

Shots on target were Watford 3 Newcastle 5

Corners were Watford 5 Newcastle 6

Referee: Graham Scott

Newcastle team v Watford:

Dubravka, Krafth (Manquillo 78), Schar (Fernandez 85), Lascelles, Dummett, Willem, Hayden, Longstaff, Atsu (Muto 82), Almiron, Joelinton

Unused Subs

Darlow, Clark, Ki, Shelvey

Crowd: 44,157  (approx 1,500 Watford)

(Statement from Toon For Change protest group on crowd figures – Read HERE)

(Watch official match highlights HERE)

(Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Newcastle 1 Watford 1 – Read HERE)

(Newcastle 1 Watford – Lowest NUFC PL crowd in 7 years see Bruce’s team struggle against bottom club – Read HERE)

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