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    Watford 1 Newcastle 1 – Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Saturday’s end to end draw

    Watford 1 Newcastle 1 – Saturday 25 September 3pm

    We asked a number of our regular writers to give us a brief instant reaction after the final whistle.

    A game that Newcastle might come to really regret against a poor quality Watford side, could have lost it in the end but Steve Bruce should certainly be seeing this more as two points lost than one gained.

    GToon:

    “My instant reaction to this score is to shrug my shoulders and say “so what”.

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    “No doubt Bruce will be saying how amazing we were but maybe if he played the only goal scoring forward available, they would have won.

    “Today is just one game closer to him getting the sack and Ashley selling up.

    “I see all games like this, just playing out time, taking part in meaningless matches with the “ball in the corner” while we wait for the whistle to blow on Ashley and Bruce.”

    Steve Hickey:

    “I never turn my nose up at an away point but we really need some wins.

    “With hard games to come it’s difficult to see where a win is coming from.

    “We squandered chances and had the better of the first half but it could have been worse in the second, thank heavens for VAR. What a miss from Jacob Murphy!

    “A Head Coach who cannot coach and an owner who knows of his shortcomings but won’t dispense of his human shield. He basically doesn’t care.

    “No other fan in the Premiership would want Steve Bruce as the man at the helm.

    “The outcome is that Newcastle United are sleepwalking towards relegation and no one seems bothered apart from the fans. Many of them have even given up.

    “Mike Ashley will be doing his contingency planning. The season’s prize money, sale of the best players and a reduction of overheads, will soften the blow.

    “Short term gain for long term pain. It’s only the fans who will suffer.”

    Brian Standen:

    “Feels like a defeat and very nearly was.

    “Should have been out of sight at half time and if Callum Wilson had been playing we would have.

    “Too much to talk about but hugely entertaining where both teams should have scored in injury time.

    “Draw breath.”

    Ben Cooper:

    “Two points dropped for United in an entertaining game lacking quality.

    “The poorest opposition we have faced this season, Watford played well for the first two minutes and then the last twenty after being gifted an equaliser by an NUFC side who gave away a needless corner and then didn’t mark it properly, Sarr scoring at the back post unmarked as Willock looked on.

    “In between, every United player should have scored at least once as Watford concentrated more on wrestling than football.

    “Longstaff did but it was never going to be enough, we never keep a clean sheet and sure enough the leveller led to panic in the last twenty minutes and yards of the pitch.

    “Until the last thirty seconds when Maxi put Murphy clean through and he missed, well he didn’t even do that, I’m not sure what he did. Absolutely useless.

    “It shouldn’t have mattered but it did and while NUFC played well and were the better team, that’s a gloomy result given the game that went before it.

    “A regrettable point.”

    Billy Miller:

    “The bad news is another winnable game has eluded us.

    “The good news is there’s at least one team that looks like they may be worse than us.

    “Can we find another two?”

    Dave Punton:

    “The search for a win goes on. We leave Watford having come ever so close.

    “A great goal from Longstaff separated the sidew for so long but it just wasn’t to be.

    “And it was a late intervention that spared Bruce from having to front up a defeat.

    “Amazingly results elsewhere conspired to eke us just out of that bottom three tonight.”

    Jamie Smith:

    “After VAR finally took off the red and white scarf and actually got us out of jail, Murphy should have pinched it.

    “A quick check of the table tells me that there are actually still 3 teams who have made a worse start than us (having all played the same), which beggars belief to be honest.

    “Unable to put away a beatable opponent again. This could well cost us in the long run.

    “Wolverhampton already feels like a must win, the post international fixtures would suggest that if not, we may well be going into November without a win.

    “I suppose it’s time to ‘dust worselves down’

    Paul Patterson:

    “Never knock an away point I suppose is the best you can say about it…”

    Nat Seaton:

    “To have lost this game would have been shocking after all the chances that we had but we still didn’t manage to get that precious win.

    “It was my first experience of a VAR disallowed goal for the home team so late in the game at an away game, it was a lovely feeling!!

    “Leaving the ground disappointed not to have got all 3 points especially after that late Murphy chance…”

    Stats from BBC Sport:

    Watford 1 Newcastle 1 – Saturday 25 September 3pm

    Goals:

    Watford

    Sarr 72

    Newcastle:

    Sean Longstaff 23

    (In brackets the first half stats)

    Possession was Watford 52% (50%) Newcastle 48% (50%)

    Total shots were Watford 15 (6)  Newcastle 20 (11)

    Shots on target were Watford 4 (2) Newcastle 6 (2)

    Corners were Watford 5 (2) Newcastle 6 (5)

    Referee: Jarred Gillett

    Newcastle United:

    Darlow, Manquillo, Fernandez, Clark, Ritchie, Sean Longstaff, Hayden, Almiron (Murphy 79), Willock (Gayle 83), Saint-Maximin, Joelinton

    Unused Subs:

    Gillespie, Schar, Lewis, Hendrick, Krafth, Fraser, Anderson

    Crowd:

    20,650 (2,200 Newcastle)

    (Match Report – Watford 1 Newcastle 1 – 35 shots, end to end game and an Aussie rules referee – Read HERE)

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