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A first half Sean Longstaff stunner cancelled out by a Sarr second half header at Vicarage Road

Watford 1-1 Newcastle United


A beauty from Sean Longstaff, beating the despairing Ben Foster from outside the box, would separate the sides at half time. But that goal doesn't tell anything of a first half that could have seen United out of sight. ASM the chief culprit, spurning one glorious chance with only the goalkeeper to beat after intercepting a sloppy back-pass.


Newcastle had travelled to Vicarage Road looking for their first win of the season against a mid table Watford side who'd managed two wins already this season. But when you waste the kind of chances United had, there was always a chance for the home side to spoil the party.


And that's exactly what happened with Sarr heading in from a Watford corner midway through the second half.


There was still time for Watford to see a goal disallowed for offside and for substitute Jacob Murphy to race clean through only to fluff his lines with only the keeper to beat in the final minute of injury time.

 

Match Report


A 100 miles an hour contest from the first whistle would see Watford start the better with Darlow called into a couple of good saves to deny the hosts the perfect start.


A string of corners would give Newcastle hope with Foster in the Watford goal equal to the best of the efforts, a looping header from Clark.


Some tasty challenges would also set the tone for the game. Manquillo and Ritchie both carded early for those in black and white (well blue), the latter being tested time and time again from the talented Sarr.


But on 25 minutes the game had it's opening goal. A wonderstrike from Sean Longstaff. Picking up the ball from a cleared corner his right footed curling strike would fly into the Watford net. And whilst some will question Foster who managed to get both hands to the ball, the vorosity of the strike was such that the England stopper just couldn't keep the ball from finding the back of his goal. No more than Newcastle deserved after a fast paced start to the game from both sides.


A free kick millimetres outside the edge of the 18 yard box, one that had to be checked by VAR it was so close with Willock having been felled, would then result in Clark heading over from a couple of yards out when brilliantly placed from a Ritchie free kick.