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Newcastle end winless start with victory over Watford

Ayoze Perez's celebrates second-half goal

Newcastle claimed their first win of the season as Ayoze Perez's second-half goal handed them victory against a profligate Watford side at St James' Park.

Perez headed Ki Sung-yueng's in-swinging free-kick past Ben Foster after the South Korea international had been felled on the edge of the Watford penalty area.

The visitors - aiming to register their fifth straight Premier League win over the Magpies - went closest to scoring in the first half, with Adrian Mariappa and Gerard Deulofeu both guilty of spurning excellent opportunities to put the Hornets ahead.

Mariappa scuffed a shot wide moments after seeing a close-range header hacked off the line, before Deulofeu dragged a tame effort off target following a delightful through-ball from Abdoulaye Doucoure.

Roberto Pereyra rattled the crossbar in the opening minutes of the second half, but Newcastle - who lost Yoshinori Muto, Jamaal Lascelles and Jonjo Shelvey to injury before the hour mark - rallied to earn their first home points of the season.

The victory lifts Rafa Benitez's side out of the relegation zone above Cardiff and Fulham.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Newcastle

  • 12Dubravka
  • 22Yedlin
  • 6LascellesSubstituted forSchärat 45'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 18Fernandez
  • 3Dummett
  • 11Ritchie
  • 8ShelveySubstituted forKi Sung-yuengat 51'minutes
  • 10Diamé
  • 15Kenedy
  • 13MutoSubstituted forPérezat 45+2'minutes
  • 9Rondón

Substitutes

  • 4Ki Sung-yueng
  • 5Schär
  • 17Pérez
  • 19Manquillo
  • 21Joselu
  • 26Darlow
  • 30Atsu

Watford

  • 26Foster
  • 21Femenía
  • 6Mariappa
  • 15Cathcart
  • 25HolebasBooked at 90mins
  • 16Doucouré
  • 29CapoueBooked at 38mins
  • 19HughesBooked at 64minsSubstituted forOkakaat 77'minutesBooked at 84mins
  • 37Pereyra
  • 7DeulofeuSubstituted forGrayat 66'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 10SuccessSubstituted forChalobahat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Gomes
  • 11Masina
  • 12Sema
  • 14Chalobah
  • 18Gray
  • 27Kabasele
  • 33Okaka
Referee:
Craig Pawson
Attendance:
49,157

Match Stats

Home TeamNewcastleAway TeamWatford
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home10
Away16
Shots on Target
Home2
Away1
Corners
Home8
Away9
Fouls
Home12
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Newcastle United 1, Watford 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Newcastle United 1, Watford 0.

Kiko Femenía (Watford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Kenedy (Newcastle United).

Etienne Capoue (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Salomón Rondón (Newcastle United).

Booking

Andre Gray (Watford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Andre Gray (Watford).

Fabian Schär (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Stefano Okaka (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Abdoulaye Doucouré.

Booking

Fabian Schär (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

José Holebas (Watford) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Watford. Conceded by DeAndre Yedlin.

Etienne Capoue (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Salomón Rondón (Newcastle United).

Foul by Nathaniel Chalobah (Watford).

Mohamed Diamé (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Craig Cathcart (Watford).

Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Nathaniel Chalobah replaces Isaac Success.

Booking

Stefano Okaka (Watford) is shown the yellow card.

Craig Cathcart (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United).

Kiko Femenía (Watford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Kenedy (Newcastle United).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Stefano Okaka replaces Will Hughes.

Delay in match Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United) because of an injury.

Offside, Newcastle United. Salomón Rondón tries a through ball, but Kenedy is caught offside.

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Kenedy.

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Craig Cathcart.

Attempt missed. Salomón Rondón (Newcastle United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Kenedy with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Andre Gray replaces Gerard Deulofeu.

Goal!

Goal! Newcastle United 1, Watford 0. Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Ki Sung-yueng following a set piece situation.

Attempt blocked. Ki Sung-yueng (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Will Hughes (Watford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Will Hughes (Watford).

Ki Sung-yueng (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Offside, Watford. Roberto Pereyra tries a through ball, but Gerard Deulofeu is caught offside.

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Kiko Femenía.

goal

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