Watford snatch late draw at relegation rivals Newcastle

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Allan Saint-Maximin

Watford earned a vital late point in their Premier League survival bid as Joao Pedro’s headed equaliser kept them clear of the bottom three and denied hosts Newcastle a much-needed win.

Eddie Howe’s side looked on course for only their second victory of the season after Allan Saint-Maximin’s superb second-half goal.

But after Josh King and Pedro wasted chances for Claudio Ranieri’s side, who always looked dangerous on the counter attack, the Brazilian forward rose above Jamaal Lascelles to nod in Kiko Femenia’s cross and send the Watford fans wild.

The goal silenced the majority of St James’ Park and led to Howe crashing a water bottle into the floor in frustration as they wasted a chance to move out of the relegation zone for the first time in 106 days.

But the draw was a reward for the visitors and Pedro, who continually caused a threat, with the Hornets remaining 17th.

Newcastle’s plight was not helped by a Norwich win over Everton, as they remained 19th and Burnley slipped to the bottom of the table.

Watford keep noses in front

The delight in snatching a point for Watford was in stark contrast to the bitter pill that Newcastle fans had to swallow after a scrappy affair that could have been easily filed as a relegation dogfight.

But for Ranieri’s side, who included three new signings in Hassane Kamara, Samir and Edo Kayembe, and had Ben Foster, Emmanuel Dennis and King back in the line-up, it was reward for their perseverance.

For much of the game, they conceded possession and looked like they would pay for several wasted chances from a counter-attacking approach that caused Newcastle’s defence problems.

Pedro and King were a physical and rapid presence up front and both had good opportunities to equalise following Saint-Maximin’s fifth goal of the season.

But once Newcastle weathered that response, a point looked beyond the visitors, especially with a run of six consecutive losses coming into this match.

Femenia’s cross was delicious, however, and Pedro, who had already angered the home fans after making the most of a first-half injury, had the last laugh in front of the Gallowgate End to keep Watford out of danger – with another key game against Burnley to come on Tuesday.

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Player of the match

CoadyConor Coady

with an average of 7.84

Wolverhampton Wanderers

  1. Squad number16Player nameCoady

    Average rating

    7.84

  2. Squad number37Player nameTraoré

    Average rating

    7.81

  3. Squad number1Player nameJosé Sá

    Average rating

    7.76

  4. Squad number23Player nameKilman

    Average rating

    7.53

  5. Squad number9Player nameJiménez

    Average rating

    7.46

  6. Squad number10Player nameDaniel Podence

    Average rating

    7.46

  7. Squad number28Player nameJoão Moutinho

    Average rating

    7.38

  8. Squad number3Player nameAït-Nouri

    Average rating

    7.26

  9. Squad number24Player nameToti

    Average rating

    7.21

  10. Squad number22Player nameNélson Semedo

    Average rating

    7.19

  11. Squad number17Player nameFábio Silva

    Average rating

    7.07

  12. Squad number32Player nameDendoncker

    Average rating

    6.95

  13. Squad number39Player nameCundle

    Average rating

    6.91

  14. Squad number11Player nameTrincão

    Average rating

    6.80

Southampton

  1. Squad number17Player nameS Armstrong
    Average rating

    6.69

  2. Squad number6Player nameOriol Romeu
    Average rating

    6.41

  3. Squad number10Player nameAdams
    Average rating

    5.87

  4. Squad number9Player nameA Armstrong
    Average rating

    5.76

  5. Squad number18Player nameBroja
    Average rating

    5.71

  6. Squad number44Player nameForster
    Average rating

    5.62

  7. Squad number22Player nameSalisu
    Average rating

    5.61

  8. Squad number23Player nameTella
    Average rating

    5.57

  9. Squad number27Player nameDiallo
    Average rating

    5.53

  10. Squad number4Player nameLyanco
    Average rating

    5.47

  11. Squad number35Player nameBednarek
    Average rating

    5.46

  12. Squad number15Player namePerraud
    Average rating

    5.34

  13. Squad number8Player nameWard-Prowse
    Average rating

    5.17

  14. Squad number11Player nameRedmond
    Average rating

    5.15

Line-ups

Newcastle

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Dúbravka
  • 15Trippier
  • 6Lascelles
  • 5Schär
  • 3DummettBooked at 71mins
  • 36S Longstaff
  • 8ShelveyBooked at 6mins
  • 7Joelinton
  • 21FraserBooked at 53minsSubstituted forMurphyat 74′minutes
  • 20Wood
  • 10Saint-MaximinSubstituted forAlmirónat 86′minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Ritchie
  • 12Lewis
  • 17Krafth
  • 23Murphy
  • 24Almirón
  • 26Darlow
  • 28Willock
  • 29Gillespie
  • 32Anderson

Watford

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Foster
  • 2NgakiaSubstituted forFemeníaat 66′minutes
  • 15Cathcart
  • 22SamirBooked at 90mins
  • 14Kamara
  • 39Kayembe
  • 19SissokoBooked at 51mins
  • 33KuckaSubstituted forCleverleyat 77′minutes
  • 25DennisSubstituted forHernándezat 84′minutes
  • 7King
  • 10João Pedro

Substitutes

  • 8Cleverley
  • 12Sema
  • 18Tufan
  • 21Femenía
  • 26Bachmann
  • 27Kabasele
  • 29Hernández
  • 31Sierralta
  • 42Morris
Referee:
Paul Tierney

Attendance:
52,223

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Match ends, Newcastle United 1, Watford 1.

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