Watford’s last home game at Vicarage Road this season was bathed in glorious sunshine and the hosts got off to the perfect start when Roberto Pereyra put them ahead with just two minutes on the clock.
The Argentine was unlucky not to double his tally just moments later.
With Troy Deeney, Abdoulaye Doucoure and Roberto Pereyra driving Watford forward, André Gray was unlucky not to double the Hornets’ lead but the former Burnley forward looked set to finish a frustrating season on a high when he headed home Pereyra’s cross just before the half hour mark.
It looked set to get even better for the Hornets when Gray was brought down in the box but Deeney’s spot-kick was saved and he put the rebound agonisingly wide.
Newcastle started the second half with much more purpose and Ayoze Pérez converted Javi Manquillo’s cross to put the visitors back into contention.
After Pereyra and Deeney were substituted Watford struggled to impose themselves in the second half but the Hornets held on for the win.
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