An action by the Spanish Kiko Femenía culminated by Joao Pedro two minutes from the end prevented the defeat at St. James Park against Newcastle from Watford (1-1), that stopped the fall to the relegation places of the Premier. Claudio Rainieri’s team minimized damage against an opponent who doesn’t come out of the well. The ‘magpies’ are penultimate in the table. A win would have propelled them to permanence but they failed to keep the lead they gained at the start of the second half.
Watford took advantage of their rival’s doubts to stop the bleeding they were dragging. Rainieri’s team accumulated seven straight defeats, six in the League. I was in free fall. In a key duel for salvation, it was Eddie Howe’s local team that took the lead in the 49th minute with Allan Saint Maximin’s goal. But the visiting reaction had its fruits. The exit to the field of Kiko Femenía was key, in the 66th minute, instead of Jeremy Ngakia. The Spanish gave another air to the team. In fact, a center of his supposed the tie.
Joao Pedro took advantage of the assist and headed past Martin Dubravka. The point saves Watford, on the border of relegation. It is one point behind third from last, Norwich, while Newcastle is still in the pot. It is penultimate to two of Watford.
Kiko Feminia (65′, Jeremy Ngakia), Murphy (73′, Fraser), Cleverley (76′, Kucka), Cucho Hernandez (83′, Dennis Bonaventure), Miguel Angel Almiron (85′, Saint-Maximin)
1-0, 48′: Saint-Maximin, 1-1, 87′: Joao Pedro
Referee: Paul Tierney
VAR Referee: Kevin Friend
Shelvey (5′, Yellow) sissoko (50′, Yellow) Fraser (52′, Yellow) Dummett (70′, Yellow) Samir (89′, Yellow