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90' + 1'
K. Darlow
Yellow Card
I. Sarr
J. King
1 - 1
C. Cathcart
Yellow Card
D. Rose
Yellow Card
S. Longstaff
A. Saint-Maximin
0 - 1

Match Stats

52% 47%
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 4 6
Total Passes 364 335
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That concludes our commentary of the Premier League fixture between Watford and Newcastle United! We hope you’ve enjoyed it! 
Watford are back in action again in a week, when they travel to face Leeds United. Newcastle are also on their travels next Saturday - when they play Wolves.
90 minutes were not enough to separate the two sides as Watford and Newcastle share the spoils after a 1-1 draw at Vicarage Road. Bruce’s side were the better side in the first half, controlling the tempo of the match and limiting Watford’s attacking output to a couple of counter-attacks while taking the lead for themselves via a wonderful Sean Longstaff strike. The hosts came out after the break a changed side, however, going forward with more enthusiasm and pace - for which they were rewarded after 72 minutes thanks to Sarr’s back-post header following a Rose corner. A furious final 15 minutes appeared to be capped off by a King winner for the Hornets, but the striker was unable to stay onside as VAR overturned the goal. It’s a hard-fought result and a deserving point apiece - but Newcastle’s search for a first win of the season continues.
90' + 5' Play is stopped for Etebo, who requires attention as we enter the sixth minute of stoppage time. The substitute full-back hobbles off but without any more changes, he’ll have to see out the remainder of the match — however long is left.
90' + 3' Rose takes a late Watford corner towards King but it’s hooked away by the defence, which sends Newcastle on a counter-attack as its end-to-end at Vicarage Road. Saint-Maximin plays Murphy through on-goal in acres of space with only the goalkeeper to beat, but the substitute fluffs his shot and allows for an easy save as Foster makes a crucial save deep in stoppage time!
K. Darlow
Yellow Card
90' + 1' Darlow is shown a yellow card for wasting time during a goal-kick. 
89' The fourth official indicates four minutes will be added to the end of the 90 for stoppages. 
87' KING PUTS WATFORD AHEAD BUT HE'S OFFSIDE! Sissoko wires a shot from well outside the penalty area, which Darlow can only get a flailing palm to. King steams forward and tucks in the rebound leading to raucous celebrations from the home fans, but after a VAR check it appears as though the striker was in an offside position! It remains 1-1!
85' Saint-Maximin has been directly involved in three goals in his last three Premier League games for Newcastle (2 goals, 1 assist), as many as in his previous 12 for the Magpies. This is the first time in his Premier League career he’s been involved in a goal in three consecutive appearances.
D. Gayle
J. Willock
83' Gayle is sent on for Willock with seven minutes left as Bruce searches for a way to win the match. 
81' JUST WIDE! Ritchie’s fantastic cross from the left is met at the back post by Clark, who had run into the penalty area to join the attack. The defender rises higher than Rose but is unable to put his effort on target from close range.
J. Murphy
M. Almirón
79' Newcastle's first change sees Murphy sent on for Almiron. 
77' Watford have won 13 of their last 15 home league games (L2), losing their last such match at Vicarage Road 2-0 against Wolves. They’ve not lost back-to-back home league games since November 2019.
O. Etebo
E. Dennis
75' Dennis' match is over with 15 minutes left to go as Etebo is sent on to replace him. 
J. King
72' King's crucial flick-on at the near post is credited as the assist for Watford's equaliser. 
I. Sarr
72' WATFORD EQUALISE WITH 17 MINUTES TO GO! 1-1! Rose’s corner from the left is flicked on at the near post by King. Sarr bursts into the space left vacated by Newcastle defenders at the back stick and powers home the second effort with a header high into the roof of the net!
71' Three of Watford’s four defenders have been booked, which could be an issue as we enter the final 20 minutes. Newcastle will look to soak up the hosts’ pressure before springing on the counter at pace via Almiron and Saint-Maximin.
C. Cathcart
Yellow Card
69' Cathcart's mistimed challenge on Saint-Maximin in front of the referee earns the centre-back a yellow card. 
68' GREAT CHANCE! Saint-Maximin plays provider with a lovely bit of magic - dropping deep to pick up possession before toe-poking an incisive pass that gets Willock through on-goal. Foster comes up big for Watford as he makes the save though - turning it behind for a corner.
J. Ngakia
Kiko Femenía
67' A swap at right-back for Watford sees Ngakia sent on for Kiko. 
66' Saint-Maximin drives towards goal with a stepover for good measure but he’s stopped in his tracks by the covering Sissoko as Watford clear the danger in the nick of time.
João Pedro
J. Kucka
64' An attacking change for Watford sees Kucka replaced by Pedro.
62' Kucka looks to win a 50-50 ball ahead of Sean Longstaff but misses it entirely and takes a swing that catches the ankle of the Newcastle midfielder. It’s left him limping but the referee doesn’t produce a yellow card.
60' Ritchie plays a great pass down the flank for Almiron, who is unable to do anything with the service after a great bit of defending from Kiko.
58' Ritchie has a go at goal from the ensuing free-kick but the well-placed wall does it's job and repels the effort. 
D. Rose
Yellow Card
56' No surprise to see Rose shown a yellow card for a rash lunging challenge on Almiron just outside the penalty area. The Watford defence was caught out after Saint-Maximin’s rapid counter-attack, leading to Rose’s cynical and mistimed challenge.
54' Tufan drives into space before shifting the ball out to Dennis. The winger cuts inside and looks to have a strike, but a trio of Newcastle defenders converge - with Sean Longstaff getting the necessary block to win back possession.
52' Newcastle have won just one of their last nine away league games against Watford (D4 L4), while they’ve never won a top-flight match at Vicarage Road before (D5 L5).
50' Now a problem for Sean Longstaff, who takes a seat on the pitch after extending a bit too far to win the ball back from Sissoko. He requires a minute to gather himself before getting back to his feet - hopefully, the goal-scorer won’t be hindered further.
48' Tufan's first involvement is a robust challenge in midfield with Hayden, sending the substitute high up into the air and down with a thud. The newly introduced player will need some treatment but he should be okay to continue. 
O. Tufan
T. Cleverley
46' Watford have used a concussion substitution, as Cleverley has been withdrawn — to be replaced by Tufan. 
46' Watford get the match restarted from the kick-off! 
If Watford are to get back into the match, they’ll need to keep funnelling their attacks down the flanks. With Both Manquillo and Ritchie booked, Sarr and Dennis will continue to find joy on the wings. With Sissoko and Kucka unable to control the midfield - perhaps the introduction of Tufan will provide a better platform with which to launch attacks. Bruce will have to decide whether to hold what they have or go for a second, with the pace of Gayle and Fraser able to offer options forward, while Schar and Krafth could be introduced to add solidity. 
The first half of play comes to a close at Vicarage Road, with the visitors in the lead 1-0 thanks to a wonderful Sean Longstaff strike after 23 minutes. The hosts started the better of the two sides, but an inability to keep a hold of the ball in midfield allowed Newcastle to slowly but steadily take control. Willock and Sean Longstaff have been impressive so far - dictating the pace of play and putting Saint-Maximin in great positions to attack. 
45' + 2' The fourth official indicates four minutes will be added to the end of the half for stoppages. 
45' SEAN LONGSTAFF SENDS IT OVER! HOW HAS HE MISSED! Saint-Maximin does the hard work, latching onto a Cathcart backpass and dragging Foster out of position before squaring a pass to Sean Longstaff. With the goal gaping - the midfielder was unable to hit the target and double his tally! Watford narrowly escape!
44' Watford have won five of their 12 Premier League meetings with Newcastle (D4 L3) – no side have they beaten more in the competition. Indeed, their 19 points against the Magpies is more than they’ve earned against any other opponent in the Premier League.
42' CLOSE! Ritchie delivers a flat cross into the penalty area for Clark, who can’t guide the ball on-target as he sends the effort over the crossbar.
W. Troost-Ekong
Yellow Card
40' Troost-Ekong goes into a sliding challenge on the edge of the penalty area to win the ball back from Willock, but the defender catches the midfielder squarely and gives away a free-kick in a dangerous position. It’s a yellow for the centre-back. 
38' Troost-Ekong steps up from defence and has a sight at goal - hitting a speculative long-range effort that flies harmlessly wide of Darlow’s post.
36' Hayden looks to switch play with a chipped pass to the right flank for Manquillo,  but the pass is a poor one as Watford are allowed to gather the ball for a throw-in, deep in their own half.
34' Watford are struggling to keep possession of the ball in midfield as Newcastle always appear to have an extra man ready to press. All of the hosts’ success in the first half has come down the flanks via Sarr and Dennis - which has isolated Cleverley, Sissoko and Kucka.
32' Kucka takes a free-kick from a long way out and attempts to catch the goalkeeper napping at his near post instead of teasing in a delivery. It almost works as Darlow is forced to dive across his line and put the ball behind for a corner.
M. Ritchie
Yellow Card
30' Ritchie was forced to deal with Sarr alone in midfield and gets beaten easily, before bringing the winger down cynically. It’s a yellow card for the Newcastle player; now both of their wing-backs are booked.
29' Darlow comes off his line intelligently to help out Ritchie, who was struggling with Sarr’s pace around the penalty area. The winger has been a nuisance all match, though the visiting defence are starting to double-team the Watford wide player.
27' This match features a first in the Premier League - as match official Jarred Gillett is the first person to referee a match in the competition from somewhere other than Britain or Ireland. Born in Australia, Gillet has spent the better part of the last 11 years officiating in the A-League. He’s certainly had a lot to do in the first half today.
25' Slightly against the run of play, Sean Longstaff’s goal is worthy of opening the scoring in any match. He had attempted a couple of long-range efforts in the early stages of the match, but none were hit with as much pace and precision.
A. Saint-Maximin
23' Saint-Maximin's pass found the awaiting Sean Longstaff in space - so he gets credit for the assist. 
S. Longstaff
23' WHAT A HIT TO OPEN THE SCORING! It’s a superb strike from Sean Longstaff, who puts Newcastle ahead with a rifled shot from 20 yards away from goal. Hit with power and dip it’s a fantastic effort - though Foster will no doubt believe he should have done better to parry the shot. 1-0 to Newcastle!
22' Watford have won five of their 12 Premier League meetings with Newcastle (D4 L3) – no side have they beaten more in the competition. Indeed, their 19 points against the Magpies is more than they’ve earned against any other opponent in the Premier League.
20' A collision inside the Newcastle penalty area brings play to a halt as Cleverley and Darlow clatter into each other, with the goalkeeper catching the Watford captain squarely in the mouth during an attempt to punch the ball. There didn’t appear to be any malice as both players were genuinely trying to make a play, but both will require treatment.
Javi Manquillo
Yellow Card
18' Down at the other end Manquillo is booked for taking down Rose using a high arm. It's now a free-kick for Watford as the Newcastle wing-back is booked. 
18' The free-kick is taken by Sean Longstaff in search of Clark, but the defender sends a poor headed effort well-wide of Foster’s goal.
E. Dennis
Yellow Card
17' Dennis loses possession in midfield and applies too much force on Sean Longstaff in order to win it back. The referee has a good look and immediately brandishes a yellow card.
15' There’s a bit of a melee inside the Watford penalty area as Newcastle look to take a corner. Fernandez and Troost-Ekong are in the middle of the fracas, with the visiting defender still unhappy with his treatment six yards from goal.
13' Ritchie’s corner is taken to the far post for Fernandez, who is furious as he feels he was fouled during the set-piece delivery. The referee is having none of it as he urges play to continue.
11' The referee takes the side of Newcastle and awards the visitors a free-kick after a duel between Joelinton and Sarr leaves the Watford player on the ground. 
9' Watford have certainly looked the better side in the opening 10 minutes, imposing themselves on the opposition. Sarr and Dennis have been handfuls on the flanks, with Ritchie and Manquillo struggling to keep pace.
7' Kucka drives into midfield and plays a pass down the left for Dennis, but a forearm smash into the face of Almiron gives Newcastle a free-kick. 
5' Cleverley’s delivery is hit in search of King but it’s put too high for the striker as Fernandez is able to head it away.
4' Sarr gets by Ritchie but the Newcastle wing-back drags the forward down - giving Watford a free-kick on the right flank.
3' AN EARLY CHANCE! King slips Dennis through on-goal with a clever pass but Darlow makes a couple of big saves in quick succession to put the ball behind for a corner.
1' Newcastle get the match underway from the kick-off! 
Watford name an unchanged XI from the side that beat Norwich City 3-1 last weekend. Foster plays in goal behind a defence of Rose, Cathcart, Troost-Ekong and Kiko. Kucka and Sissoko play in holding midfield, while a trio of Dennis, Cleverley and Sarr operate in front of them. The final addition is King, who plays as a lone forward.
NEWCASTLE SUBS: Jamal Lewis, Jeff Hendrick, Mark Gillespie, Jacob Murphy, Dwight Gayle, Fabian Schar, Elliot Anderson, Ryan Fraser, Emil Krafth.
NEWCASTLE SUBS: Jamal Lewis, Jeff Hendrick, Mark Gillespie, Jacob Murphy, Dwight Gayle, Fabian Schar, Elliot Anderson, Ryan Fraser, Emil Krafth.
WATFORD SUBS: Ozan Tufan, Oghenekaro Etebo, Ken Sema, Joao Pedro, Adam Masina, Juan Hernandez, Jeramy Ngakia, Christian Kabasele, Robert Elliot. 
WATFORD SUBS: Ozan Tufan, Oghenekaro Etebo, Ken Sema, Joao Pedro, Adam Masina, Juan Hernandez, Jeramy Ngakia, Christian Kabasele, Robert Elliot. 
WATFORD XI (4-2-3-1): Ben Foster; Danny Rose, Craig Cathcart, William Troost-Ekong, Kiko Femenia; Moussa Sissoko, Juraj Kucka; Emmanuel Dennis, Tom Cleverley, Ismaila Sarr; Joshua King. 
With 15 minutes to go before kick-off, let's take a look at how the two sides are linin up - starting with our hosts! 
It’s been another poor start to a Premier League campaign for Newcastle, who have yet to win a match despite five attempts. Draws with Southampton and Leeds United have Steve Bruce’s side down in 18th, with a goal differential only better than last-place Norwich. 
Watford’s opening-day victory over Aston Villa was a bright start to the season, but three subsequent defeats without scoring as well as a loss to Stoke City in the cup have left the newly promoted side with a bit of a hill to climb. A win over fellow former Championship side Norwich City last weekend put some distance between the club and the relegation zone - a gap that could shrink should the Hornets lose today.
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