Date: Saturday 25th September 2021, 3pm
Venue: Vicarage Road
1 - 1
Danny Rose conceded a corner down the Newcastle right that Matt Ritchie
swung over and a home player headed on; the ball running towards the
opposite corner. Miggy Almiron retrieved it and found Saint-Maximin infield,
who quickly laid it off to Sean Longstaff
He netted with a hypersonic right-footer from outside the box in front of
the Rookery Stand, despite Ben Foster getting both hands to the shot. 1-0
Half time: Hornets 0 Magpies
1 Magpies 1
72 mins Almiron needlessly conceded a corner that Danny Rose took,
finding Josh King who got ahead of Matt Ritchie to nod on across the area.
Ismaila Sarr was left completely unattended and headed home at the back post
from just inside the six yard box - Joe Willock looking to have been drawn
towards a cluster of players and away from the home side's top scorer.
The lying king said:
"We’ve played well again, and created enough chances
to win three games. I’ve got to take the positives again. I’ve
enjoyed watching us again, it’s just a shame we didn’t take the
chances that came our way.
"It’s not new to us that we played a back four. We changed after
Brighton (away, last season). We’ve got have the ability to
change, and, certainly, we’ve played well in the last couple of
games with it.'
"The game should have been put out
of sight but you can't come here and dominate the way we did and create the
chances we had and miss them.
"We nearly got punished for it at the
end, which would have been totally unjust in my opinion. Our performance was
terrific, we've done okay of late and haven't managed to get that first win.
"We were sloppy on too many occasions. The hardest part of the game is to
score a goal, and that is a bit of mentality; you've got to go cold in front
"You need to get a win to turn the corner, but I thought we’ve played well
against Leeds. For an hour against Man U I thought we played very well,
large parts against Aston Villa …you need to get a win, that’s the only way
you can turn a corner.
"We've played very well and should have come here and won the game
comprehensively. You can't dominate like we did and only be 1-0 up. The game should be
And we nearly got punished: Watford always had some part in the game
and in the last 10 minutes they caused us problems but overall we were by
far the better team.
"Both teams wanted to win it and we know
how crucial it is to get our first win. We went all out for it. It's
disappointing we didn't get it. We've got the makings of a half-decent team
and we've got to remember that.
"When you are up against it, you have to
see it through. All I'm trying to concentrate on is the team and how I can
affect a match.
"I've got to try and ignore everything else. It's not very pleasing, I
understand their frustrations but I'm not walking away."
On the unexpected participation of Joe Willock:
"He actually kicked the floor on Tuesday, and it was a sore one where we
actually thought, the medical people, that he’d maybe done a metatarsal.
"We put him in a boot, because he was sore. And then he’s had a scan,
and he’s done something to the bottom of his foot. It’s an impact injury.
"Joe walked in on Friday, and said he felt
much better and wanted to give it a go. So we encouraged him to train, which
he did. He came through it, and I thought did very well.”
"It’s a pity he didn’t take one of his chances. I thought, when I first
looked at it, it was a penalty, but unfortunately it wasn’t.”
Xisco Munoz said:
little disappointed about the performance.
"I think we are more ready to have consistency in the
games, to be more solid in defence and to be more aggressive in offence.
"It was not our best first half and after the reaction
in the second half I think we were, for ten or 15 minutes trying to win the
"I need this ambition and this power all the game, not
only in 20 minutes.
"I'm also disappointed about the last actions, we can't give these important
chances to our opponents in the Premier League because sometimes you lose
The Magpies are now winless in their opening six PL games, their worst
start to a season since 2018/19 when it took them 11 games to break
was Newcastle's eleventh top-flight visit here and
they still await an away success (six draws, five losses).
In terms of Premier League visits only, United have drawn four and
As was the case in both of their previous two visits to Vicarage Road,
Newcastle once again led 1-0 at half time again but failed to win.
Sean Longstaff netted his third PL goal for the club, following
strikes at home to Burnley in February 2019 and away at Bournemouth in
The Ashley era - NUFC after six PL games:
2007/08: 11 points, 5th
2008/09: 4 points, 19th
2010/11: 7 points, 10th
2011/12: 12 points, 4th
2012/13: 9 points, 9th
2013/14: 7 points, 16th
2014/15: 3 points, 19th
2015/16: 2 points, 19th
2017/18: 9 points, 9th
2018/19: 2 points, 18th
2019/20: 5 points, 17th
2020/21: 8 points, 14th
2021/22: 3 points, 17th
Magpies @ Vicarage Road - all-time:
2021/22 Drew 1-1 S.Longstaff
2019/20 Lost 1-2 Gayle
2018/19 Drew 1-1 Rondon
2017/18 Lost 1-2 Perez
2015/16 Lost 1-2 Lascelles
2015/16 Lost 0-1 (FAC)
2009/10 Won 2-1 Coloccini, Carroll (Championship)
2006/07 Drew 1-1 Dyer
2006/07 Drew 2-2 (won 5-4 pens) Sibierski, Parker (LC)
1999/00 Drew 1-1 Dabizas
1992/93 Lost 0-1
1991/92 Drew 2-2 Kelly, Hunt
1990/91 Won 2-1 Anderson, Quinn (D2)
1989/90 Drew 0-0
1988/89 Lost 0-1 (FAC)
1988/89 Drew 2-2 Brock, Mirandinha (FAC)
1988/89 Lost 1-2 McDonald (FMC)
1987/88 Drew 1-1 Anderson
1986/87 Lost 0-1
1985/86 Lost 1-4 OG
1984/85 Drew 3-3 Beardsley, Wharton, McDonald
1981/82 Won 3-2 Varadi, Todd 2 (D2)
1980/81 Drew 0-0
1979/80 Lost 0-2
1978/79 Lost 1-2 Pearson (FLC)
1923/24 Won 1-0 Seymour (FAC)
Having worn their black and gold change kit at Villa and home shirts at
Manchester United, Newcastle debuted their blue change kit here.
A match Newcastle seemed destined to win but then apparently lost
ended up yielding a first away point of the season on Saturday - but
yet again, their inability to retain a lead was to prove costly.
United had never won at Vicarage Road in ten previous top-flight visits, but
should have prospered following Sean Longstaff's long-range strike.
The midfielder had sent two previous efforts wide of the target but made no
mistake with the third - a sweetly-struck effort from outside the box.
However Lobby's failure to find an empty net after Allan Saint-Maximin had
gobbled up Craig Cathcart's back pass and caught out goalkeeper Ben Foster just before half time was the first of several
massive chances to seal the victory that the visitors squandered.
Foster denied both Miggy Almiron and Joelinton in the 65th minute before
surprise starter Joe Willock (ruled out by Steve Bruce on Friday due to a
toe injury) was unable to force his shot home soon after.
That level of wastefulness was almost inevitably punished, Ismaila Sarr
heading home after a 72nd minute corner from old boy Danny Rose was flicked
on by Josh King. That Miggy gave the corner away needlessly only added to
The goal was slightly against the run of play, although United in general
were fading and Saint-Maximin in particular was struggling in his role of
leading the line. There would be a brief cameo appearance by Dwight Gayle
late on - his first PL minutes of the season.
Chances were still made and missed by the blue-clad Magpies though; Ciaran
Clark holding his head in his hands after nodding a Matt Ritchie centre wide
of the target from close range on 80 minutes.
Three minutes from the end the Hornets looked to have completed their
comeback when Karl Darlow pushed a shot from ex-Magpie Moussa Sissoko into
the path of Joshua King, who finished with ease.
King peeled off his shirt (without being cautioned) and celebrated wildly with colleagues and fans - only for VAR official Craig Pawson to rule that the scorer
was offside and chalk the goal off.
Having woken up the home crowd, Watford tried to find a legitimate winner as
Newcastle stonewalled for a point - evidenced by Karl Darlow's yellow card
for apparent time-wasting.
It was to be United who missed the most glaring opportunity to collect
three points in added time though; Jacob Murphy galloping forward in the
last of fourth additional minutes but failing to chip Foster as he came off his line.
Massive relief for Newcastle's Head Coach then that his side avoided defeat
and have now lost just once in their last four outings. Ticking along with
an accumulation of points in his eyes, woefully underachieving in ours.
While he may claim to see progress on the field though, it was another day of frustration for the travelling support, watching their side
repeatedly pin the opposition on the ropes but fail to administer the
For all Bruce's talk of terrific performances, his side blew the chance of
victory against what were sitting ducks and for much of the game were able
to get away with free kicks and throw-ins that were beyond sloppy. Set
pieces are meant to be a threat to the opposition, not ourselves.
Again there was no lack of effort and retaining the four at the back that
they ended the last game with served United well. The absence of Callum
Wilson for a third game however overshadows our attacking efforts and and
puts too much emphasis on Saint-Maximin.
It also has to be said that Newcastle enjoyed some moments of good
fortune that were ultimately instrumental in them taking a point from this
In addition to the home goal being disallowed, United also benefited from
another positive VAR decision; Pawson advising that a melee in our box
failed to meet the criteria for a penalty.
Debutant referee Gillett meanwhile contrived to award a free kick in
favour of Karl Darlow after he cleaned out Tom Cleverley in the first half -
and ignored Javier Manquillo braying the ball away when a foul was called,
despite the full back already having a yellow card. It's a good job it
wasn't Mike Dean.
All that in our favour and we still failed to break our duck at the sixth
time of asking, leaving the question hanging of just who we are going to
beat. On what we've seen so far, if these teams do meet again next season it's
a fair bet it
will be in the Championship.