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Joao Perdo scored a late equalizer to help Watford produce one of the close football results of the weekend in the Premier League. Allan Saint-Maximin put the hosts ahead with a superb strike in the 49th minute before Pedro earned a point, scoring two minutes from time. Chris Wood made his debut for the Magpies but could not find the back of the net.

Player ratings

Newcastle: Dubravka (7), Trippier (7), Lascelles (7), Schar (7), Dummett (7), Shelvey (7), Joelinton (6), Longstaff (6), Fraser (7), Saint-Maximin (6), Wood (6).
Subs used: Murphy (6), Almiron (n/a).

Watford: Foster (6), Ngakia (6), Cathcart (6), Samir (7), Kamara (7), Kucka (7), Sissoko (6), Kayembe (6), Dennis (7), King (7), Joao Pedro (8).
Subs used: Femenia (7), Cleverley (n/a), Hernandez (n/a).

Man of the match: Joao Pedro.

Managers Reaction 

Newcastle manager Eddie Howe: “Watford had their best spell in that second period as we were seeing the game out. We were close and they had a couple of moments, but we go through those. We were within touching distance of a really important win but unfortunately, we didn’t get it. There are a few things to look at. We need the second goal and we need to keep attacking. We need to keep believing in an attacking sense isn’t over, we need to go for more goals.”

Watford manager Claudio Ranieri: “I am satisfied, but I want more from my payers. We played our football in the last 30 minutes. We conceded too many chances to them with set pieces. In the second half, they created just the goal and we created more chances. But I wanted to see my players more combined. I have a very good squad and we have to show this.”

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