Watford 2-1 Newcastle: Troy Deeney shoots in TWO penalties, as the hosts come from behind and come six points from the drop zone … leaving Aston Villa and Bournemouth in a dangerous position
- Watford hosted Newcastle at Vicarage Road in the Premier League on Saturday
- Dwight Gayle opened the score after 23 minutes with a tap in from a corner
- Troy Deeney made the equalizer with a penalty in the middle in the 52nd minute
- He’s given another spot kick with eight minutes left, making him cool
Troy Deeney kept his nerve in an uncanny silence to convert two second half penalties, while Watford fought from behind to defeat Newcastle and alleviate their relegation anxiety.
Deeney’s doppelganger may be worth millions for a club that is seven points adrift of safety when they appointed Nigel Pearson in December.
Pearson came in as the third head coach of the season on Vicarage Road and his team is now six points away from danger and about to complete another major escape.
Troy Deeney was clinical from the spot on Saturday, as Watford secured a crucial victory on Saturday
The Hornets skipper hit two penalties in a comeback win for the Vicarage Road side
Newcastle was stunned by the turnaround when they recorded successive defeats
There were high fives and fist bumps of relief at the final whistle, although it took time to find their rhythm.
Dwight Gayle put Newcastle in the lead and visitors dominated the first half with the main threat being set pieces with excellent delivery by Matt Ricthie and Jonjo Shelvey.
Ben Foster produced the first save of the game to deny Miguel Almiron, who arrived late to connect to a corner taken by Shelvey and turned on by Deeney.
The Magpies’ Dwight Gayle opened the score after 23 minutes with a tap from an angle
COMPETITION FACTS AND REVIEWS
Watford 4-2-3-1: Foster 7; Femenia 7, Kabasele 6, Dawson 6.5, Masina 6.5; Capoue 7.5, Hughes 7; Sarr 6.5, Doucoure 6, Welbeck 6 (gray 90); Deeney 8 (Cleverley 85).
Subs: Gomes, Mariappa, Chalobah, Cathcart, Pedro, Pussetto, Pereyra.
Goals: Deeney 52 pen, 82 pen
Manager: Nigel Pearson 7
Newcastle 4-2-3-1: Dubravka 7; Manquillo 6, Lascelles 7 (Lazaro 87), Fernandez 6, Rose 5 (Krafth 79); Scharr 6, Shelvey 6.5; Saint-Maximin 5.5, Almiron 6, Ritchie 6 (Joelinton 72, 5); Gayle 6.5 (Bentaleb 79).
Subs: Darlow, Muto, Yedlin, Atsu, M. Longstaff.
Goals: Gayle 23
Bookings: Lascelles, Manquillo, Fernandez,
Manager: Steve Bruce 6
Ref: Craig Pawson 6
Newcastle hoped to come back from a 5-0 defeat to Manchester City last time
The Newcastle opener came from a similar routine, albeit from the other flank. Ritchie hit in the corner with his left foot.
It was touched by Federico Fernandez on the short post and Gayle had the simple task of tapping it across the line from close range to score his third goal in five Premier League appearances since the restart.
Allan Saint-Maximin could have increased the lead for the visitors by being released through a Gayle movie. Saint-Maximin sprinted clear, cut from the right in, but Foster narrowed the corners and made a block.
Watford thought they had gone through after 16 minutes when Kiko Femenia produced a great cross from the right after Danny Welbeck forced Martin Dubravka to his first save.
Nigel Pearson arrived with Watford six points from safety and reversed their fortunes
Welbeck’s connection was not sweet, but he hit the turf and the ball bounced towards the goal.
Dubravka pushed it against a post and the rebound spun past the goal and would have crossed the line if Jamal Lascelles had not recovered to clear.
Gayle hit another shot after the break, but Watford leveled after a penalty awarded for a trip from Ritchie to Femenia.
Ismaila Sarr let go of the fullback who skipped the area past Fernandez and pushed the ball away as Ritchie tried to recover and tackle.
Watford has shown character under Nigel Pearson and has put up another combat performance
Femenia took contact from knee to knee, hit the turf, and Deeney took a step to beat Dubravka with a powerful spot kick that was driven right through the center of the goal.
Watford took confidence from the goal and shot forward, kicking down the slope looking for the second.
Deeney should have put his team ahead when Will Hughes forced an error from Fernandez and gave his captain a simple chance.
Deeney took his time and slid the ball onto his right foot, but Dubravka made a wonderful save on his right.
Craig Pawson handed both penalties to Watford in the second half, as Newcastle made mistakes
The next chance fell on Welbeck, who saw his shot on the turnstrik first see Fernandez and then Danny Rose before it went over painfully.
There was a hint that Rose might have been clamped on the upper arm, but this time there was no punishment.
Abdoulaye Doucoure cut an attempt wide from the edge of the box and Welbeck missed the goal with a header from a cross by Sarr.
Ismaila Sarr was dropped in the penalty area by Javier Manquillo for the winning goal
Deeney overcame knee problems to secure a crucial three points, while Watford relegated
But pressure increased and Watford won their second penalty of the match for a foul by Javier Manquillo on Sarr.
Sarr rolled away from Manquillo, but the fullback tried to hold onto him.
He felt his hands on his back and arms, went to the floor and referee Pawson pointed to the spot.
Again, Deeney took responsibility and smashed his second past Dubravka.