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    Watford 1-0 Newcastle United: Troy Deeney goal sends Hornets flying into the fourth round

    By Alex Easley
    Troy Deeney celebrates the winning goal for Watford against Newcastle in the FA Cup third round.
    Watford secured their fourth round spot in the FA Cup courtesy of a Troy Deeney goal in a 1-0 victory over Newcastle at Vicarage Road on Saturday.

    The Hornets skipper benefited from an error by Georginio Wijnaldum to score the only goal of the match shortly before the half-time break.

    Newcastle, who have now lost their last five FA Cup third round matches, did enjoy the better of the openings but failed to find in the net for the fourth consecutive game.

    Following the usual hectic festive period of games, Obbi Oulare was given his debut in place of Odion Ighalo, who has scored 14 goals this season and was dropped to the bench, in one of four changes by head coach Quique Sanchez Flores.

    Despite battling from relegation in the Premier League, Magpies boss Steve McClaren fielded his strongest possible eleven, with Kevin Mbabu the only change in place of the injured Jack Colback.

    McClaren also changed formation, as the visitors reverted to what was a 3-5-2 formation in an attempt to deal with Watford’s forward pair of Deeney and Oulare.

    Watford keeper Heurelho Gomes pulled off a great save to deny Daryl Janmaat only eight minutes in and the Brazilian was called into action just moments later to block a neat flick from Wijnaldum at the near post.

    Ayoze Perez then missed a great chance to put his side in front, when he screwed his shot wide of the goal following Moussa Sissoko’s good work down the right-hand side.

    Mbabu was allowed to get into the Watford area with five minutes to go until the break, but his effort was put behind by the Hornets’ keeper.

    Although they were clearly the side on top, Newcastle just could not find the breakthrough, and were then made to rue for missing their earlier chances.

    A woefully misplaced backpass from Wijnaldum fell to Deeney and the Watford captain made no mistake as he round Rob Elliot before putting the ball into the empty net to score his seventh of the campaign.

    The visitors went into the interval staring at a fourth consecutive 1-0 loss, and their luck did not improve in the second period.
    Newcastle's Chancel Mbemba and Watford debutant Obbi Oulare battle for the ball.
    Sissoko then ran into the Watford area with 20 minutes to go before setting up substitute Florian Thauvin, but Gomes once again was equal to shot.

    It would not have counted though, as Thauvin was judged to have been offside, and that pretty much summed up Newcastle’s afternoon.

    The Magpies, who were roundly booed by their visiting support at the final whistle, will now have retaining their top-flight status as their only goal as the pressure continues to grow on boss Steve McClaren.

    Watford, in turn, returned to winning ways following last weekend’s defeat at home to Manchester City.


    Watford: Gomes, Nyom, Prodl, Cathcart, Holebas, Jurado, Guedioura, Watson, Berghuls, Deeney, Oulare

    Subs Used: Anya, Abdi, Ighalo

    Newcastle: Elliot, Mbemba, Coloccini, Dummett, Janmaat, Sissoko, Tiote, Wijnaldum, Mbabu, Perez, Mitrovic

    Subs Used: Lascelles, Thauvin, de Jong
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