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Season 2009-10
Watford (h) Championship

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Saturday 5th December, 3pm 

 St.James' Park



Newcastle United


2 - 0



20 mins A goal that owed much to the persistence of Marlon Harewood, who chased down a poor backpass from Watford defender Craig Cathcart intended for his 'keeper.  Harewood slid in on Loach and the ball diverted across the visitors area for Peter Lovenkrands to net his second goal of the season, clipping the ball into an empty net from eight yards out. 1-0

Half time: Magpies 1 Hornets 0

83 mins 
Latching on to a pass infield from Gutierrez out on the right flank. With Carroll out-muscling the nearest defender, Fabrice Pancrate headed into the Hornets area but was pushed out wide, ending up stationary with his back to goal. As a second Watford player arrived to help out though, the Frenchman pirouetted away from the pair and made space for himself before battering home a rising shot from ten yards with his left foot that went in via the crossbar. 2-0

Full time: Magpies 2 Hornets 0

We Said

United Manager Chris Hughton:

"There will be bad times to come, I am sure, but we have shown a lot of resilience and that is the mark of any side which is doing well, that resilience resulting in clean sheets. I am absolutely delighted with that.

"What we do know is we are going to have good days and bad days, and what we have so far shown is a resilience to cope with the bad days and, at times, get something from them.

"There are times when you can't speak highly enough of the group of lads you have, and that applies today.

“It was a wonderful goal (from Pancrate) and a wonderful time to score. Watford were certainly putting us under pressure and probing with their extra player, and we had to have an outlet.

“Fabrice turned out to be a good enough outlet and scored a super goal. He hadn’t played too many games this season, but we knew he came fit and free of injury.

“He’s certainly excited the crowd in the periods he’s come on, and the next step for him is to start games.

“We’ve no complaints on the second booking – although it certainly looked worse than it was, but there are complaints on the first one, which I didn’t think was a booking.

“It was a scrap. We were up against a good Watford side with a lot of young players and energy, but I can’t speak highly enough of this group of lads.

“That’s 11 clean sheets now, and if I look at what we’ve managed to achieve so far this season, that one has to be very high up.”

They said

Hornets boss Malky Mackay:

"Yes it is our second defeat in a row but I think you take that result and you look at the game today and you look at the performance of my team today, we deserved something from the game.

"I think if they go into games with that sort of confidence and belief in their ability and play the way they did and be competitive and create the chances we did, then we will win more than we lose this season and it gives me great faith and I hope it gives our travelling fans faith.

"You look up there and there was a great amount of fans from Watford and I do understand it is Christmas time and money is short and people have made a long journey up there.

"Great credit to them and I would have loved to have scored for them today but at the same time, I am delighted they came and supported us and I hope the performance they saw and the effort that the boys put in, just helps the journey back again.”

"If we play like that we will win more games than we lose. I was disappointed but we had enough chances to get something from the game. That's being clinical and, at times, that's maybe the difference. Their guy gets a chance with a couple of minutes to go and puts the ball in the top corner, but that's where we are at and that's the group we have got."



Hornets @ SJP - all-time:

2009/10 won 2-0 Lovenkrands, Pancrate
2006/07 Won 2-1 Martins 2
Won 1-0 K.Gallacher
1992/93 Won 2-0 Peacock, Lee
1991/92 Drew 2-2 Hunt, Clark
1990/91 Won 1-0 Quinn
1989/90 Won 2-1 Quinn, J.Gallacher
1988/89 Drew 0-0 (FAC)
1988/89 Drew 0-0 (FAC replay)
1987/88 Won 3-0 O'Neill, Wharton, Tinnion
Drew 2-2 McDonald, Anderson
1985/86 Drew 1-1 Gascoigne
1984/85 Won 3-1 Cunningham, Reilly, Megson
1981/82 Lost 0-1 
1980/81 Won 2-1 Hibbitt, Shinton
1979/80 Lost 0-2 
1931/32 Won 5-0 (FAC) Allen 3, Boyd, Richardson

Full record v Watford:

  P W D L F A
SJP 14 9 3 2 23 12
VR 13 2 7 4 14 19
League 27 11 10 6 37 31
SJP(FA) 3 1 2 0 5 0
VR 3 1 1 1 3 3
SJP(LC) 0 0 0 0 0 0
VR 2 0 1 1 3 4
Cup 8 2 4 2 11 7
Tot 35 13 14 8 48 38

Newcastle made it six consecutive league wins for the first time since Sep/Oct 1996 (when they managed seven games including the Howay 5-0 win over Man United, before losing at Leicester).

Chris Hughton now has a 100% win record from his five matches in a permanent managerial role and before kickoff, it was confirmed that he'd been voted Manager of the Month for November - his third such accolade of the season so far (Cardiff's Dave Jones won it in October to deny him a clean sweep).

A first goal from Fabrice Pancrate made him the thirteenth player to net for us in the Championship this season (in order:
Duff, Ameobi, Nolan, R.Taylor, Guthrie, Coloccini, Carroll, S.Taylor, Harewood, Gutierrez, Simpson, Lovenkrands, Pancrate).

Newcastle recorded their eleventh clean sheet of the campaign from nineteen games played (that compares to eighteen from forty six in our last promotion season of 1992/93).

Barnsley's success at Bloomfield Road today mean that United now possess the last unbeaten home record in the Championship (eight wins and two draws). They also boast the meanest defence in our league, with six goals conceded away and four at home the lowest totals.



A sixth successive league victory saw table-topping United extend their unbeaten home record to eleven matches in all competitions this season, despite having Kevin Nolan sent off early in the second half.

The bare stats of the game - and the fact that we now
sit four points clear of the Baggies and ten points clear of third-placed Forest - don't really tell the story of an afternoon when it may look like we won this with one hand tied behind our back, but the reality was a little different.

Attacking the Gallowgate End again in the first half, Newcastle's first real chance came when Jose Enrique motored down the wing before delivering a well-judged centre that Peter Lovenkrands couldn't direct goalwards. However the Hornets replied within a minute with a speedy counter attack that ended with Steven Taylor flicking the ball off his own line to deny Tynesider Danny Graham.

Chris Hughton's side took a 20th minute lead through Peter Lovenkrands, with the assist going to Marlon Harewood - who kept his place in attack, with Andy Carroll and Nile Ranger on the bench and Shola Ameobi not included. The on-loan Magpies forward had prompted some earlier Gallowgate grumbles after failing to challenge for a couple of loose balls, but did well when chasing down a loose ball.  

Further goals didn't materialise however and although Jonas Gutierrez probed down both wings, it was Steve Harper who was the busier of the two keepers - denying Heidar Helguson with a good block on 40 minutes.

Heavyweight boxer David Haye was on the pitch at half-time ahead of fellow WBA champion Amir Khan's Tyneside title bout on Saturday night, but it was a self-inflicted blow that set up an engrossing second half.

Kevin Nolan had been the recipient of a slightly harsh booking in the first half and within five minutes of the restart had been counted out by referee Jon Moss, after swiping the legs from under Henri Lansbury.

The ten of Newcastle remained solid although they were pinned against the ropes for much of the remaining 40 minutes - Hughton playing his part with some intelligent substitutions.

Aided by some slightly wayward finishing, United withstood some intense pressure from the Hornets as they reverted to the lone striker ploy that had seen them return from both Bramall Lane and Deepdale with hard-fought wins.

While Carroll led the line and took some punishment from visiting defenders, Nicky Butt appeared to try and shore up the midfield - and will presumably deputise for the now-suspended Nolan.

However it was the introduction of Fabrice Pancrate that was pivotal, as the Frenchman's keenness to get upfield tied up Watford players and gave his defence some much-needed breathing space. Two rare efforts on goal from the home side saw Carroll head over and then take an extra touch in the box, only to be crowded out as he attempted a shot.

However, Pancrate then delivered a memorable knockout blow with seven minutes remaining, scoring for the first time in English football with a contender for goal of the season.

That proved to be a hammer blow, but Harper again had to intervene to preserve a clean sheet. And with West Brom and Swansea both pegged back in added time, heavy defeats for Leicester, QPR and a late reversal for Blackpool made it an almost perfect day of results.

There were a number of similarities between this and the home victory over Swansea eight days previously, with the visitors again going away scratching their heads - looking on occasion a better attacking prospect than their Welsh counterparts.

They met a Newcastle side however who looked to be genuinely United and once again, proved that they have viable alternatives on the bench - a luxury not many other sides in this division seem to enjoy.

After a poor game last week, Jose Enrique looked back in the groove and our left flank was noticeably more effective. That was undoubtedly aided by a industrious 90 minute display from Jonas Gutierrez, who started and ended the game tracking back.

On the other wing meanwhile, Danny Guthrie still doesn't look massively happy in a wide role. By nature a central midfielder, it remains to be seen whether Butt replaces Nolan at Coventry. However the early form of Pancrate looks to give us another option down that right side.    



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