Disappointing result for Newcastle United at Vicarage Road, as Watford come from behind to beat United 2-1. After what was a promising start for the Magpies with a Dwight Gayle goal in the 23rd minute, Watford slowly but surely took a hold of the game and ended up with the victory.
Both goals for Watford came from the penalty spot, the first one less blatant than the second. Nonetheless, after going down in the 23rd minute, Nigel Pearson’s side looked far more composed and dangerous until the final whistle. Contrastingly, Newcastle looked progressively worse and complacent as the game went on – some questionable substitutions and tactics will no doubt be on the mind of plenty of the Toon Army.
So without further ado, here are your match ratings.
Martin Dubravka: 7/10
Conceded two penalty goals which he can hardly be blamed for. Guessed the right way the second time but didn’t manage to get a hand to it.
Javier Manquillo: 4.5/10
The weakest performance he has had since the return of football. He has looked decent until Watford, but gave away a very silly penalty that ended up costing United the game. He’ll be looking to bounce back against Tottenham on Wednesday!
Jamaal Lascelles: 7.5/10
Defence looks far more structured and solidified when he is on the pitch. Put in an incredible goal line clearance and tried to motivated his players throughout the game. Most notably were his words with Danny Rose whose complacency almost cost Newcastle United a goal.
Federico Fernandez: 5/10 (Assist)
Despite getting an assist, it was one of his poorer performances in the Black & White. Made a few errors and looked a bit hesitant at times which isn’t common for Federico.
Danny Rose: 5/10
Still not managing to find his feet at Newcastle. Working hard but it hasn’t clicked just yet, another average display from Rose.
Fabian Schar: 5.5/10
In all honesty, it’s hard to understand why he was being played in the midfield. Looked well off the pace and out of position a number of times. Hardly to blame as CDM/Sweeper is clearly not ideal for him.
Jonjo Shelvey: 5.5/10
Another sub-par performance from Shelvey. His consistency has always been the main point of criticism rallied against him and his last two performances have given weight to that claim. No doubt, he missed his partner Isaac Hayden who brings stability to the mid and the opportunity for Shelvey to move further forward. I believe this is the last Shelvey/Schar partnership we’ll see this season.
Matt Ritchie: 4.5/10
Doesn’t look his usual self and although he is working hard, he has been rather sloppy of late. Gave away the first penalty and didn’t look very threatening at all. As one of the leaders in the team, he’ll need to pick up his game.
Allan Saint-Maximin: 6/10
Doesn’t look fully rested. Had one or two nice runs and completed 4 dribbles in the match but wasn’t able to completely run riot as he normally does. He was tightly marked by Watford, and the fact that he found himself isolated so often didn’t help.
Miguel Almiron: 5.5/10
Worked hard as always but lacked the final product. He has been moved around a bit and a question being asked is ‘what is his correct position’?
Dwight Gayle: 7.5/10 (Goal)
Gayle slotted him from close in the 23rd minute as his hard work and finishing has earned him a well-deserved starting spot. He has now scored 3 goals in 5 games and will be hoping to add onto it as he continues to receive more game time.
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