Fabian Schar sent the team into the dressing room on a high note after scoring his fifth goal with an excellent finish inside the box. It was a disjointed performance from the lads in the first half as they were sloppy in possession at times.
Newcastle started the first half giving away a poor goal in the second minute. A shot by Tom Cleverly took a few deflections and fell into the path of Will Hughes, who put the ball past Martin Dubravka. It was an abysmal start for Newcastle.
Newcastle would respond with an excellent chance, but a poor touch from Miguel Almiron allowed Ben Foster to collect the ball. It would continue as end to end stuff for the first ten minutes with Christian Atsu and Jetro Willems looking particularly active for Newcastle down the left.
However, Newcastle were far too impatient in their build-up play by conceding possession on some speculative long balls. The attackers also did not make enough runs and lacked movement. We also thought they played too narrowly at times with hardly any presence from the right flank.
It looked like Newcastle would end the half trailing, but Fabian Schar was able to level the game in the 41st minute with his strike.
Watford were all too happy to sit back for long periods in the first half, but Newcastle lacked a bit poise when attempting to break them down.
Watford are here for the taking, and we expect them to be a bit more open in the second half. The lads need to get it together, and they can get a victory today.
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