Watford were left to rue missed chances on Saturday as a Ayoze Pérez header saw Newcastle claim their first win of the season at St James’s Park.
The Hornets had the better chances of the two sides in the first half, with Gerard Deulofeu causing the opposition defence all kinds of problems, but Newcastle responded well in the second half and a 65th minute header from Pérez was enough to see them claim their first win of the season.
The first glaring miss from Javi Gracia’s side came from Adrian Mariappa in the 15th minute, as he met a Holebas corner with a blocked header, before somehow stabbing the ball wide from six yards out.
Nine minutes later Deulofeu should have worked the ‘keeper after some sublime link-up play with Pereyra, but couldn’t get his bearings right as he arrived unchecked in United’s box.
Shortly after, Deulofeu squandered an even better opportunity after Watford broke away on the counter attack and sent him through on goal, only for the Spaniard to place his shot wide of the mark.
Following the half that ended in the United ‘keeper saving another great chance from Isaac Success, Newcastle came out a different side, and took 20 minutes to break Watford down.
Ki played a pacey ball into the box from a free-kick, which only needed the slightest of touches from Pérez to guide it into the Hornets’ net.
There was more frustration yet for travelling fans, as Stefano Okaka missed a final chance to equalise in the third minute of added time, sending a bouncing ball flying over the bar from under 10 yards out.
The result leaves Watford in 8th place in the Premier League table, still only one point off of Manchester United in 7th.