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    Watford 2-1 Newcastle United: Odion Ighalo fires Watford to victory

    By Alex Easley
    Odion Ighalo celebrates Watford's opener against Newcastle United.
    Odion Ighalo and Craig Cathcart scored as Watford stopped a run of four straight defeats in the Premier League with a 2-1 win over Newcastle at Vicarage Road on Saturday.

    Nigerian striker Ighalo put the home side in front less than a minute after the half-time break, then set up Cathcart for their second just before the hour mark.

    A Jamaal Lascelles header put Newcastle back into the game with just under 20 minutes left, but it proved to just be a consolation goal as Steve McClaren’s side failed to climb out of the bottom three, while Watford rose back into the top half of the table.

    The visitors started the better side, but it was the Hornets who had the first real opportunity of the match and it took a brilliant double stop by Rob Elliot to keep them out.
    Craig Cathcart volleyed in Watford's second of the game.
    Ighalo fed strike partner Troy Deeney in the area, and his effort was kept out by the Magpies’ keeper, before he got straight back up to deny Etienne Capoue from close range.

    Just a few minutes later it was the turn of Heurelho Gomes to save his side, as he made a slightly unorthodox stop with his feet to stop Alksandar Mitrovic’s low strike from the edge of the box after a great move by Newcastle.

    There was very little else in the way of goalmouth action in an otherwise quiet first period, but the second half got off to a flying start as Ighalo put Watford in front within a minute of the restart.

    Deeney picked the ball up in the centre circle before popping a pass in behind the Newcastle back line for his strike partner, who ran through despite possibly being slightly offside and coolly rounded Elliot before slotting in his 14th goal of the season.

    Quique Sanchez Flores’ men were well on top at this stage of the game and Ighalo did brilliantly again to make their second for Cathcart on 58 minutes.

    The striker smartly controlled a cross in the six-yard box before touching it back into the path of his colleague, who made little mistake in volleying past the helpless keeper Elliot.

    Newcastle did well to rally back and halved the two goal deficit in the 71st minute as Lascelles met Jonjo Shelvey’s corner to head the ball home.

    McClaren’s side the pushed for an equaliser as Watford started to drop deeper and deeper, but they failed to make another breakthrough to the delight of the home crowd at Vicarage Road.
    Jamaal Lascelles headed in Newcastle's consolation goal at Vicarage Road.

    TEAMS

    Watford: Gomes, Paredes, Britos, Cathcart, Ake, Capoue, Watson, Behrami, Jurado, Deeney, Ighalo

    Subs used: Nyom, Abdi, Amrabat

    Newcastle: Elliot, Janmaat, Lascelles, Coloccini, Mbemba, Sissoko, Saivet, Shelvey, Aarons, Wijnaldum, Mitrovic

    Subs used: Gouffran, Perez, Riviere

    MAN OF THE MATCH: Odion Ighalo
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