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Watford   1 - 2   Newcastle

By Phil Dawkes

Watford 1-2 Newcastle

Watford 1-2 Newcastle

Newcastle extended their lead at the top of the Championship to six points with a workmanlike victory at Watford.

The visitors were in front as early as the fourth minute when Fabricio Coloccini headed in from close range following a Danny Guthrie free-kick.

Just after half-time, Andy Carroll rose to powerfully head home a Guthrie corner to double United's lead.

Will Hoskins gave Watford hope with a late strike but Newcastle held out for a win their performance merited.

Newcastle have now been beaten only once in 19 matches since Chris Hughton was appointed boss on a permanent basis in October last year - and that is the best start ever by a Magpies manager.

Their performance at Vicarage Road was not scintillating but bore all the hallmarks of a side who look unlikely to throw away a healthy table-topping lead.

In contrast, Watford continue to struggle to produce a string of results that could prevent them becoming embroiled in a relegation battle.

Most worryingly for boss Malky Mackay was that they held the larger share of possession throughout this match but were unable to produce anything to truly hurt the visitors.

Having won their last two games at home, and with Newcastle having failed to register a victory in their previous five away games, Watford predictably began on the front foot.

Danny Graham twice set up chances in the opening two minutes, the first for Don Cowie, which he fired wide and the second for Jon Harley, which Steve Harper was able to palm skywards before collecting.

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However, Newcastle have demonstrated this season they are finer than any side in the Championship at exposing fallibility and the first time Watford's defence was tested it was found wanting.

Danny Guthrie's free-kick from the left was firstly touched on by Kevin Nolan before Andy Carroll headed back across goal for Coloccini to climb above his marker and nod in from close range.

Having conceded only 22 Championship goals so far this season, Newcastle have the joint best defensive record in the division and for the remainder of the half they gave an insight into why.

They effectively stifled the home side, smothering potential attacks before they had time to develop and denying them too many attempts on goal.

Midway through the half there were half-hearted calls for a penalty when Hornets striker Heidar Helguson fell in the box following a standing challenge from behind by Danny Simpson, but referee Tony Bates waved play on much to the increased frustration of the home support.

Just as they had in the first half, Newcastle scored early in the second to strengthen their stranglehold on the match.

A Guthrie corner from the left and was met by Carroll, who beat Jay DeMerit in the air and hammered a header past Watford goalkeeper Scott Loach.

Watford continued to press but the few threats they did pose were comfortably averted by the visitors.

Mike Williamson's last-ditch intervention prevented Helguson from getting on the end of a right-wing cross from Graham.

Then, Watford substitute Steve McGinn had a great opportunity to test Harper but when a tame clearance fell to him unmarked and 12 yards out he failed to connect properly with an attempted volley and the chance was lost.

In the final minute, they eventually broke through when a deflected shot broke to Will Hoskins, unmarked and 10 yards out, and he slammed home.

However, the goal came too late and Newcastle held on for the win.


Watford manager Malky Mackay:
"When you look at the balance of play I think that we deserved something out of the game.

"We were playing the top team in the league and I think we coped well with the fact they decided to go long today. We won a lot of ball back off that and I thought we kept possession well and dominated play at times.

"I think it was our final ball that let us down today because we certainly got into the forward areas well."

Newcastle boss Chris Hughton:
"It's a tough place to come. They are side that have got a lot energy, they played very well at St James' Park earlier in the season.

"The first goal obviously set us off and we had a period in the second half where we were very comfortable and probably the only disappointing note of the afternoon was conceding the goal when we did."

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Saturday, 27 February 2010

Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Watford 1-2 Newcastle FT
(HT 0-1)
  • Hoskins 90+1
  • Coloccini 4
  • Carroll 50

Watford

  • 01 Loach
  • 02 Mariappa
  • 06 DeMerit
  • 12 Doyley
  • 15 Harley yellow card (Hoskins 77)
  • 24 Taylor
  • 05 Lansbury
  • 07 Cowie (McGinn 83)
  • 28 Eustace
  • 10 Graham
  • 11 Helguson yellow card

Substitutes

  • 16 Lee,
  • 33 Hodson,
  • 08 McGinn,
  • 14 Jenkins,
  • 29 Bryan,
  • 18 Hoskins,
  • 19 Henderson

Newcastle

  • 01 Harper
  • 02 Coloccini
  • 06 Williamson yellow card
  • 12 Simpson
  • 14 Van Aanholt yellow card
  • 04 Nolan yellow card
  • 08 Guthrie (Pancrate 89)
  • 17 Smith yellow card
  • 18 Gutierrez (Taylor 88)
  • 20 Best yellow card (Ranger 74)
  • 24 Carroll

Substitutes

  • 26 Krul,
  • 05 Hall,
  • 16 Taylor,
  • 28 Kadar,
  • 21 Pancrate,
  • 30 Ranger,
  • 42 Donaldson
Ref: BatesAtt: 17,120
WATFORD
NEWCASTLE

Possession

  • Watford 45%
  • Newcastle 55%

Attempts on target

  • Watford 3
  • Newcastle 2

Attempts off target

  • Watford 2
  • Newcastle 2

Corners

  • Watford 5
  • Newcastle 1

Fouls

  • Watford 11
  • Newcastle 12
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:32 The referee blows for the end of the match.
  • 90:00+1:24 Shot from just outside the penalty box by Heidar Helguson misses to the left of the target.
  • 90:00+0:29 GOAL - Will HoskinsWatford 1 - 2 Newcastle Will Hoskins finds the net with a goal from close range low into the middle of the goal. Watford 1-2 Newcastle.
  • 89:42 Booking The referee shows Patrick Van Aanholt a yellow card for dissent.
  • 89:24 Nile Ranger challenges Heidar Helguson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Henri Lansbury.
  • 88:31 Substitution Danny Guthrie goes off and Fabrice Pancrate comes on.
  • 87:56 Nile Ranger is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Scott Loach restarts play with the free kick.
  • 87:02 Substitution Ryan Taylor on for Jonas Gutierrez.
  • 86:37 Corner taken by Henri Lansbury.
  • 85:32 The ball is swung over by Adrian Mariappa, Mike Williamson manages to make a clearance.
  • 84:16 The offside flag is raised against Danny Graham. Indirect free kick taken by Steve Harper.
  • 82:15 Substitution Don Cowie leaves the field to be replaced by Stephen McGinn.
  • 76:01 Substitution Jon Harley goes off and Will Hoskins comes on.
  • 76:01 Foul by Jon Harley on Danny Guthrie, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Danny Simpson.
  • 74:30 Heidar Helguson is caught offside. Steve Harper restarts play with the free kick.
  • 74:12 Jon Harley fouled by Patrick Van Aanholt, the ref awards a free kick. Don Cowie takes the direct free kick.
  • 73:28 Substitution Nile Ranger replaces Leon Best.
  • 72:36 The ball is swung over by Adrian Mariappa.
  • 71:31 Don Cowie fouled by Alan Smith, the ref awards a free kick. Don Cowie takes the direct free kick.
  • 67:03 Danny Graham is caught offside. Steve Harper restarts play with the free kick.
  • 62:22 Corner taken by Don Cowie from the right by-line, Don Cowie takes a shot. Clearance by Alan Smith. Corner taken by Jon Harley from the right by-line, clearance by Danny Guthrie.
  • 62:12 Danny Graham crosses the ball, Mike Williamson makes a clearance.
  • 60:24 The ball is swung over by Don Cowie, save by Steve Harper.
  • 59:56 Alan Smith gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John Eustace. Scott Loach takes the indirect free kick.
  • 58:31 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on John Eustace by Andrew Carroll. Scott Loach takes the direct free kick.
  • 57:29 Free kick awarded for a foul by Don Cowie on Mike Williamson. Mike Williamson takes the free kick.
  • 56:29 The assistant referee signals for offside against Andrew Carroll. Free kick taken by Scott Loach.
  • 55:12 The referee blows for offside. Steve Harper takes the indirect free kick.
  • 54:20 Alan Smith concedes a free kick for a foul on Lloyd Doyley. Jay DeMerit restarts play with the free kick.
  • 51:15 The referee blows for offside. Steve Harper restarts play with the free kick.
  • 49:57 Assist by Danny Guthrie.
  • 49:57 GOAL - Andrew CarrollWatford 0 - 2 Newcastle Andrew Carroll grabs a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Watford 0-2 Newcastle.
  • 49:36 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Danny Guthrie played to the near post,
  • 48:19 Free kick crossed right-footed by Don Cowie from left channel, Andrew Carroll manages to make a clearance.
  • 48:19 Booking Alan Smith receives a caution.
  • 47:48 Alan Smith gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Henri Lansbury.
  • 45:58 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Don Cowie from the right by-line, Mike Williamson makes a clearance.
  • 45:45 Unfair challenge on Heidar Helguson by Kevin Nolan results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Jon Harley.
  • 45:01 The second half kicks off.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+4:19 The first half comes to an end.
  • 45:00+3:56 A cross is delivered by Adrian Mariappa.
  • 45:00+2:45 Danny Guthrie handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Henri Lansbury takes the free kick.
  • 45:00+1:36 Don Cowie takes a corner.
  • 45:00+1:26 A cross is delivered by Jon Harley, clearance made by Mike Williamson.
  • 43:35 Booking Booking for Kevin Nolan for unsporting behaviour.
  • 43:20 Kevin Nolan concedes a free kick for a foul on Henri Lansbury. Jay DeMerit restarts play with the free kick.
  • 42:38 The free kick is delivered right-footed by Danny Guthrie from right channel, clearance made by Martin Taylor.
  • 42:38 Booking Jon Harley is shown a yellow card.
  • 42:26 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andrew Carroll by Jon Harley.
  • 40:44 Alan Smith challenges Adrian Mariappa unfairly and gives away a free kick. Martin Taylor takes the free kick.
  • 39:58 The ball is delivered by Adrian Mariappa, clearance by Danny Simpson.
  • 39:05 The ball is swung over by Jonas Gutierrez, Andrew Carroll has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
  • 38:22 The assistant referee flags for offside against Danny Graham. Steve Harper takes the indirect free kick.
  • 37:24 Martin Taylor concedes a free kick for a foul on Alan Smith. Steve Harper takes the indirect free kick.
  • 32:27 Adrian Mariappa sends in a cross, clearance made by Danny Simpson.
  • 29:49 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Danny Guthrie by Henri Lansbury. Danny Simpson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 28:47 Centre by Danny Simpson, clearance by Jay DeMerit.
  • 28:21 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Danny Guthrie by Jon Harley. Danny Guthrie crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, clearance by John Eustace.
  • 27:21 Henri Lansbury sends in a cross, save by Steve Harper.
  • 26:33 The offside flag is raised against Heidar Helguson. Free kick taken by Steve Harper.
  • 25:36 Danny Graham produces a cross, clearance by Danny Simpson.
  • 24:11 Jon Harley crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, save by Steve Harper.
  • 24:11 Booking Mike Williamson shown a yellow card.
  • 23:55 Mike Williamson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Heidar Helguson.
  • 22:09 Booking Leon Best goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
  • 21:58 Leon Best concedes a free kick for a foul on Jay DeMerit. Scott Loach takes the indirect free kick.
  • 19:52 Jonas Gutierrez has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.
  • 19:07 Jon Harley delivers the ball, save by Steve Harper.
  • 18:18 Andrew Carroll is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Scott Loach takes the indirect free kick.
  • 17:28 The referee blows for offside against Don Cowie. Free kick taken by Steve Harper.
  • 16:13 Booking Booking for Heidar Helguson for unsporting behaviour.
  • 15:55 Foul by Heidar Helguson on Fabricio Coloccini, free kick awarded. Fabricio Coloccini takes the free kick.
  • 12:01 Don Cowie concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonas Gutierrez. Free kick crossed left-footed by Patrick Van Aanholt from left wing, save by Scott Loach.
  • 8:23 Free kick awarded for a foul by Heidar Helguson on Danny Guthrie. Steve Harper takes the indirect free kick.
  • 6:55 John Eustace challenges Jonas Gutierrez unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Danny Guthrie, Jay DeMerit makes a clearance.
  • 3:15 Assist by Andrew Carroll.
  • 3:15 GOAL - Fabricio ColocciniWatford 0 - 1 Newcastle Fabricio Coloccini finds the net with a headed goal from close range. Watford 0-1 Newcastle.
  • 2:33 Don Cowie challenges Alan Smith unfairly and gives away a free kick. A cross is delivered by Danny Guthrie,
  • 2:04 Jon Harley takes a shot. Save by Steve Harper.
  • 1:05 The official flags Danny Graham offside. Indirect free kick taken by Fabricio Coloccini.
  • 0:28 Don Cowie produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that goes wide left of the target.
  • 0:00 The match gets underway.

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Championship table snapshot

As it stood on 27 Feb 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Newcastle 33 35 69
2 West Brom 33 31 63
3 Nottm Forest 34 21 61
4 Swansea 33 8 56
5 Leicester 33 11 54
6 Cardiff 32 15 49
7 Sheff Utd 33 2 48
8 Blackpool 34 9 47
9 Middlesbrough 34 8 47
10 Coventry 34 -7 46
11 Barnsley 33 -5 45
12 Bristol City 33 -7 42
13 Preston 33 -8 42
14 Doncaster 33 -1 41
15 Watford 31 -3 39
16 Derby 33 -9 39
17 Ipswich 33 -8 38
18 Reading 32 -9 38
19 Scunthorpe 34 -20 38
20 QPR 32 -8 37
21 Crystal Palace 32 -1 34
22 Sheff Wed 33 -19 34
23 Plymouth 32 -15 29
24 Peterborough 33 -20 24


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