09.01.2016… Watford (a)…

Watford 1 Newcastle United 0

Vicarage Road… Saturday January 9th… 3pm

Attendance: 18,259

Ticket: £18 – Programme: £3

So that’s it then… Yet again, our season is over in January, it’s going to be at least a 62 year wait for a domestic trophy. All we have to look forward to over the second half of the season is the very real prospect of relegation…

Was it ten games that McClaren wanted or twelve? And after we beat Liverpool and Spurs unconvincingly weren’t we supposed to have turned the corner? Well now it’s another four defeats on the trot but not to worry, apparently we’re playing really well, we’re just not getting the breaks in front of goal…

We’ve all got stick together through this? Well I didn’t see Steve and the lads on the walk back to Watford Junction Station in the torrential rain. I don’t imagine that they had to negotiate three trains home in a considerably damp state, and I was lucky, I only had to travel as far as Leicester…

We mustn’t show our disaffection though, it’s not fair, we mustn’t boo, we’ve got to get behind the team…

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Pre-Match: Outside Vicarage Road…

Well I didn’t boo, I’m too old for that, I’ve seen it all before. But what does McClaren expect…?

The general booing ‘was harsh’…? Really? We could have played till midnight and we wouldn’t have scored a goal, that’s what happens when you play in slow motion…

‘We’ve had 25 crosses’… So what, exactly how many goals resulted from those crosses…?

Then there was the booing and chanting specifically directed at Florian Thauvin. A little unnecessary but my feeling is that it was aimed more at our current transfer policy than the Frenchman, although it certainly wasn’t a coincidence that the abuse started following a ridiculous bout of play acting on his part. Anyway, through no fault of his own, he symbolises the typical current Newcastle signing. He wasn’t bought out of necessity or as part of any over arching plan (unless it’s the  plan that results in Mike Ashley making a tidy profit), he pretty much epitomises  the ‘under 26 with a resale value’ model. In fact, I’m sure that Thauvin (or more likely his agent) was told as much during the transfer, we’re very much intended to be his stepping stone. The money which brought him to the club could have been used to buy the centre forward that we’ve needed for at least two seasons or the left back that we’ve been crying out for since Jose Enrique left the club in 2011, on Saturday he just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time…

What McClaren should also realise is that we haven’t got past the third round of the FA Cup for four consecutive seasons. Brighton, Cardiff, Leicester and now Watford, is that really acceptable for a club of our size? Or is that just our ‘unrealistic expectations’ coming to the fore again…?

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Second Half: Watford Take a Throw In…

Anyway, somewhere in the middle of all of this there was a football match, a bloody awful one but a football match nonetheless. I’ll keep it brief. We had a lot of possession without creating that many chances.  The chances we did get, we didn’t take because we don’t have a centre forward because we didn’t buy one in the summer. Watford got one chance, it fell to Troy Deeney, a centre forward, who buried it because he’s a centre forward…

So that’s it, no trophies to play for so let’s all look forward to the relegation battle instead. Safe in the knowledge that, even if we do stay up, we’ll just have to endure the same joyless experience again next season…

Watford; Gomes,  Nyom, Prödl, Cathcart, Holebas, Jurado (Ighalo 73), Guédioura (YC), Watson, Berghuis (Abdi 63), Deeney, Oularé (Anya 45)

Not Used; Britos, Ibarbo, Capoue, Arlauskis

Goals; Deeney (44)

Newcastle United; Elliot, Mbemba, Coloccini (Lascelles 45), Dummett, Janmaat, Sissoko, Tioté (YC) (de Jong 82), Wijnaldum, Mbabu (Thauvin 52), Pérez, Mitrovic

Not Used; Gouffran, Darlow, Toney, Sterry

Goals; None

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

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