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Last Updated: Sunday, 13 May 2007, 15:55 GMT 16:55 UK
Watford 1-1 Newcastle
By Dan Warren

Michael Owen
Striker Owen was stretchered off with a head injury
Watford said farewell to the Premiership by drawing with Newcastle in a match marred by an injury to England striker Michael Owen.

Owen was stretchered off on the hour mark with concussion after colliding with team-mate Matthew Pattison.

Kieron Dyer gave the Magpies the lead on 30 minutes, slotting past Ben Foster after Nolberto Solano's through ball.

Watford equalised with Marlon King's penalty after Nicky Butt was judged to have handled the ball.

The match had an end-of-season feel, with nothing riding on the result and control difficult in very wet conditions.


When Newcastle broke the deadlock after 29 minutes, it was the first shot on target of the match.

Dyer latched on to Solano's inch-perfect through ball and slotted home despite Foster getting a touch to the ball.

Watford mounted a comeback of sorts and in first-half stoppage time, Steven Taylor showed excellent bravery to deny Will Hoskins after Rinaldi had crossed from the right.

But despite the dearth of chances in the first half, Watford only had to wait seven minutes into the second half before they were level.

Nicky Butt was penalised after Adrian Mariappa's cross struck his arm at close range.

And after the midfielder was booked for his protests, King kept his head to fire low past Shay Given.

The match was always a scrappy affair and it was perhaps typified by Owen's injury.

The England striker, fighting back to fitness after a lengthy lay-off with a knee injury, collided unintentionally with Pattison's back and was unable to continue.

Watford's Lee Williamson almost conjured up a spectacular winner - which would have been out of character with the match - with a late volley, but it flew just wide with Given beaten.

  • Watford manager Adrian Boothroyd:
    "We've lots of soldiers, but not enough artists. We wanted to end with a bang, but didn't manage it.

    "The game had an end-of-season feel about it. Lee Williamson's miss at the end summed up our season."

    On on-loan goalkeeper Ben Foster, who is returning to Manchester United after a loan spell, Boothroyd added: "Ben has been excellent for us. He has made the odd gaffe, but it is part of his development."

  • Newcastle caretaker boss Nigel Pearson on Michael Owen's injury:
    "I saw him in the medical room after the game. He was chatting, and there is no problem at all.

    "He has mild concussion, but it is nothing too serious and he is fine.

    "He is in fantastic nick, and I have no qualms about him at all. He will have a headache tonight, but he will be fine."

    Watford: Foster (Chamberlain 90), Mariappa, Doyley, Shittu, Stewart, Rinaldi, Bangura, Williamson, Smith (Robinson 87), King, Hoskins (Henderson 56).
    Subs Not Used: Chambers, Carlisle.

    Booked: Rinaldi, Bangura.

    Goals: King 52 pen.

    Newcastle: Given, Solano (Onyewu 59), Ramage, Taylor, Carr, Milner, Butt, Dyer, Pattison, Owen (O'Brien 67), Ameobi (Carroll 62).
    Subs Not Used: Harper, Huntington.

    Booked: Ameobi, Solano, Butt, O'Brien.

    Goals: Dyer 29.

    Att: 19,830

    Ref: R Styles (Hampshire).

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