Ten-man Newcastle extended their lead at the top of the Championship after a tough win over a spirited Watford team.
Newcastle went ahead in the 20th minute when Craig Cathcart's weak backpass allowed Marlon Harewood to set up Peter Lovenkrands for a simple opener.
But the hosts lost Kevin Nolan when he was shown his second yellow card for a foul in the 49th minute.
But as Watford pushed forward, Fabrice Pancrate sealed the win with a stunning left-footed strike in the 83rd minute.
Although not one of their most convincing performances of the season, Chris Hughton's side managed to earn their sixth successive victory of the campaign.
Newcastle once again made a confident start, with Hornets keeper Scott Loach denying Nolan in the third minute while Lovenkrands mis-hit a volley following excellent work from full-back Jose Enrique.
The Dane was on hand to give Newcastle the lead following Cathcart's mis-hit backpass to Loach, while opposite number Steve Harper watched Tom Cleverley's curling free-kick just clear his crossbar in the 24th minute.
Harper then denied Heidar Helguson after the Icelander ran clear on to full-back Lee Hodson's pass four minutes from half time.
Nolan's dismissal for a foul on John Eustace - his second yellow card following a poor challenge on Henri Lansbury - allowed Watford to mount a second-half fightback.
Danny Simpson's block kept out Danny Graham's 55th-minute shot on the turn while Helguson and Cleverley both went close.
But with Watford pouring forward in search of the equaliser, Pancrate took advantage and smashed a superb goal to claim all three points for the league leaders.
Newcastle manager Chris Hughton: "There will be bad times to come, I am sure, but we have shown a lot of resilience and that is the mark of any side which is doing well, that resilience resulting in clean sheets.
"I am absolutely delighted with that.
"What we do know is we are going to have good days and bad days, and what we have so far shown is a resilience to cope with the bad days and, at times, get something from them.
"There are times when you can't speak highly enough of the group of lads you have, and that applies today.
Watford boss Malky Mackay:
"Being clinical is maybe the difference.
"Their guy gets a chance with a couple of minutes to go and puts the ball in the top corner.
"But that's where we are at and that's the group we have got."
90:00+4:29 The referee brings the game to a close.
90:00+3:59 Nathan Ellington produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.
90:00+3:05 Shot from just outside the box by Sanchez Jose Enrique goes over the crossbar.
90:00+2:30 John Eustace gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonas Gutierrez. Free kick taken by Sanchez Jose Enrique.
90:00+0:57 Heidar Helguson takes a shot. Steve Harper makes a save. Short corner taken by John Eustace.
88:19 Lee Hodson concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonas Gutierrez. Steve Harper takes the free kick.
86:32 Nathan Ellington has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the target. Free kick awarded for
a foul by Craig Cathcart on Jonas Gutierrez. Indirect free kick taken by Jonas Gutierrez.
84:28 Short corner worked by John Eustace, Sanchez Jose Enrique manages to make a clearance. Short corner taken by John Eustace.
84:04 Substitution Liam Henderson replaces Henri Lansbury.
82:04 Jonas Gutierrez provided the assist for the goal.
82:04 GOAL - Fabrice Pancrate:Newcastle 2 - 0 Watford Goal scored by Fabrice Pancrate from the edge of the penalty box high into the middle of the goal. Newcastle 2-0 Watford.
78:49 Jonas Gutierrez concedes a free kick for a foul on Don Cowie. Adrian Mariappa takes the free kick. Henri Lansbury takes a
shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.
77:19 Sanchez Jose Enrique delivers the ball, Andrew Carroll takes a shot. Save by Scott Loach.
76:14 Substitution Nathan Ellington on for Danny Graham.
76:14 Free kick awarded for a foul by Don Cowie on Jonas Gutierrez. Sanchez Jose Enrique takes the free kick.
75:41 Nicky Butt fouled by John Eustace, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Fabricio Coloccini.
74:16 Danny Graham takes a shot. Save made by Steve Harper.
72:03 Danny Graham takes a shot. Save by Steve Harper. Lee Hodson takes a short corner.
70:39 Substitution (Newcastle) makes a substitution, with Fabrice Pancrate coming on for Danny Guthrie.
68:03 A cross is delivered by Lee Hodson, save by Steve Harper.
65:45 John Eustace takes a shot. Save by Steve Harper. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by John Eustace. Free kick
awarded for an unfair challenge on Adrian Mariappa by Jonas Gutierrez. Don Cowie crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed
from right by-line.
64:20 Substitution Peter Lovenkrands goes off and Nicky Butt comes on.
63:43 John Eustace takes a corner.
62:09 Booking Henri Lansbury receives a yellow card for dissent.
61:28 Shot from just outside the area by Heidar Helguson misses to the right of the target.
60:44 Andrew Carroll challenges John Eustace unfairly and gives away a free kick. Scott Loach takes the direct free kick.
58:13 Andrew Carroll challenges John Eustace unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Scott Loach.
57:09 Alan Smith restarts play with the free kick.
57:09 Booking Craig Cathcart receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
56:32 Foul by Craig Cathcart on Alan Smith, free kick awarded.
54:51 Clearance made by Sanchez Jose Enrique.
54:51 Substitution Marlon Harewood leaves the field to be replaced by Andrew Carroll.
54:51 Danny Graham takes a shot. Steven Taylor gets a block in. Danny Graham takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to
the near post,
51:06 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Peter Lovenkrands by Adrian Mariappa. Strike comes in from Danny Guthrie from
the free kick, Scott Loach makes a save.
50:36 Don Cowie takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Steven Taylor manages to make a clearance.
48:39 Sent off Red card for Kevin Nolan.
48:38 Kevin Nolan challenges Henri Lansbury unfairly and gives away a free kick. Henri Lansbury takes the direct free kick.
46:40 The ball is sent over by Peter Lovenkrands, Adrian Mariappa manages to make a clearance.
45:52 The ball is crossed by Jonas Gutierrez, Close range effort by Peter Lovenkrands goes wide of the left-hand upright.
45:01 The second half has started.
45:00+2:14 The ref blows to signal half-time.
44:47 Lloyd Doyley fouled by Marlon Harewood, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Scott Loach.
42:14 A cross is delivered by Danny Guthrie, clearance by Adrian Mariappa.
41:50 Inswinging corner taken by Danny Guthrie from the left by-line.
Correction - 40:25 Heidar Helguson takes a shot. Steve Harper makes a save.
40:25 Heidar Helguson takes a shot. Save made by Steve Harper.
36:41 The official flags Marlon Harewood offside. Indirect free kick taken by Scott Loach.
36:22 Henri Lansbury challenges Steven Taylor unfairly and gives away a free kick. Steve Harper restarts play with the free kick.
33:30 Unfair challenge on Kevin Nolan by Craig Cathcart results in a free kick. Strike comes in from Kevin Nolan from the free kick.
31:48 Kevin Nolan produces a drilled right-footed shot from 25 yards. Craig Cathcart gets a block in.
30:03 Sanchez Jose Enrique takes a shot. Blocked by Craig Cathcart. Inswinging corner taken by Danny Guthrie from the left by-line
played to the near post, save by Scott Loach.
26:54 Adrian Mariappa takes the free kick.
26:54 Booking The referee shows Kevin Nolan a yellow card.
26:48 Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin Nolan on John Eustace.
25:05 Marlon Harewood takes a shot. Blocked by Craig Cathcart.
22:59 Unfair challenge on Henri Lansbury by Alan Smith results in a free kick. Tom Cleverley has an effort direct from the free
22:13 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Don Cowie by Alan Smith. Free kick taken by Lee Hodson.
19:54 GOAL - Peter Lovenkrands:Newcastle 1 - 0 Watford Peter Lovenkrands finds the back of the net with a goal from deep inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal.
Newcastle 1-0 Watford.
19:02 Sanchez Jose Enrique sends in a cross.
18:34 The ball is swung over by Jonas Gutierrez, Craig Cathcart makes a clearance. Corner taken right-footed by Danny Guthrie.
17:49 Henri Lansbury is ruled offside. Steve Harper takes the indirect free kick.
17:13 The ball is sent over by Lee Hodson.
15:22 Danny Guthrie takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Adrian Mariappa makes a clearance.
13:16 Heidar Helguson takes a shot. Blocked by Steven Taylor. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Don Cowie.
10:25 The referee blows for offside against Heidar Helguson. Steve Harper takes the indirect free kick.
9:49 Danny Graham takes a shot. Clearance made by Steven Taylor.
8:13 Sanchez Jose Enrique sends in a cross, Effort from deep inside the area by Peter Lovenkrands misses to the right of the target.
6:29 Heidar Helguson concedes a free kick for a foul on Sanchez Jose Enrique. Alan Smith takes the direct free kick.
6:07 Unfair challenge on Tom Cleverley by Alan Smith results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Scott Loach.
5:17 Tom Cleverley handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Sanchez Jose Enrique takes the free kick.
5:03 Don Cowie produces a cross, save by Steve Harper.
4:14 Tom Cleverley takes a shot. Save by Steve Harper.
2:51 Peter Lovenkrands takes a shot. Save by Scott Loach.
0:00 The ref blows the whistle to start the match.
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