Hornets bounce back to end losing streak

Watford ended a run of four consecutive league defeats after edging out Newcastle United 2-1 at Vicarage Road on Saturday afternoon.

  • Watford 2 Newcastle 1
  • Ighalo scores from Deeney's assist
  • Cathcart makes it 2-0
  • Lascelles pulls one back for Newcastle

Match Summary

After a goal-less first half, Watford score a minute after the break through Ighalo, Cathcart doubling the lead 12 minutes later.

The Magpies pull one back on 71 minutes through Lascelles, both sides having chances but failing to add to the score-line in the closing moments.

Full Report

Newcastle had an early chance when Georginio Wijnaldum's effort was deflected away from goal before Rolando Aarons' powerful drive went just wide with three minutes played.

With Daryl Janmaat and Moussa Sissoko dangerous down the right flank, the visiting team continued to enjoy the upper hand in attack.

Watford had to wait till the 16th minute for their first chance, but Troy Deeney's effort was blocked.

While the hosts grew stronger, it was Newcastle who had the next chance as Aleksandar Mitrovic drew a sharp save out of Heurelho Gomes on 24 minutes.

The remainder of the first half saw the Hornets on top, but they let themselves down with some poor deliveries into the box.

But there was no denying Watford their opening goal, just a minute after the break as Odion Ighalo was played in by a delightful chip by Deeney, the Nigerian rounding Rob Elliot before finishing. 

Mitrovic gave the home defence a scare on 48 minutes with a cross-cum-shot, but it was Watford  who were to score again, Craig Cathcart netting in the 58th minute as he fired through a sea of defenders after Ighalo had played the ball into his path following a goal mouth scramble.

Yoan Gouffran should have pulled a goal back on the hour mark, but his header was a tame one.

Further chances arrived for the Magpies, but Ayoze Perez's header was also poor on 64 minutes before Chancel Mbemba's header flashed wide of the far post with 20 minutes to go.

The visiting team were finally on the score sheet on 71 minutes, an unmarked Jamal Lascelles planting in a header after a cross by Jonjo Shelvey.

Perez wasted an opportunity for Newcastle on 75 minutes, but it was Watford who had some late chances, Elliot saving from Ighalo before Deeney shot off target and then Etienne Capoue failed to finish off a superb individual run as he fired over the bar three minutes from time.

Mitrovic nearly rescued a point in added time, but the Serbian's header struck the woodwork.