Toon Takeaways from Newcastle’s loss to Watford

Watford’s Troy Deeney converted two penalties to sink Newcastle United on the road.

Newcastle United went up in the 23rd minute by way of a Dwight Gayle goal, but Troy Deeney converted two penalties to give Watford a come from behind win.

A Pair of Penalties

Matt Ritchie and Javier Manquillo both committed fouls in the box during the second half to award Watford two second-half penalties. In both instances, the calls were correct and Deeney buried his chances from the spot.

Second-Half Downturn

After Newcastle controlled a large amount of the first-half action, the second-half was dominated by Watford.

Go On Gayle

Dwight Gayle scored again today, starting up top in place of Joelinton. It was simply a tap-in, but goals are goals and his presence has been welcome since Project Restart began.

Quick Kicks

  • With Ritchie’s high motor and intensity, he’s a boost to Newcastle most times but also liable to commit a reckless foul. That’s exactly what he did on the first penalty awarded.
  • Subbing Danny Rose off, who wasn’t great, and swapping Manquillo to the left-side quickly backfired as Javi fouled Ismaila Sarr.
  • Jamaal Lascelles had to sub off with an injury and let’s hope he isn’t out long, or at all, because the NUFC is in shambles without him.
  • He had a few chances, including an offside play that ended with an own goal, but Allan Saint-Maximin was limited a bit by Watford.
  • Not that it matters for anything, but the color combination of yellow and orange was not particularly pleasant. The bad news is that the orange kit magic didn’t come through this time around.

What’s Next?

The Magpies will face off with Jose Mourinho and Spurs on Wednesday. Tottenham struggled mightily in the attack in a draw with Bournemouth midweek and play the London Derby tomorrow vs. Arsenal.