Will Hughes’ early goal helped Watford secure their first point of the season with a battling draw at .

The Hornets stay bottom of the table, but a spirited performance at St James’ Park ended a run of three consecutive defeats at the start of the new campaign.

In a game of few clear-cut chances, Hughes steered the opening goal into the bottom left corner from 10 yards after just 78 seconds following a deflected Tom Cleverley shot.

Defender Fabian Schar equalised four minutes before the break, guiding a left-foot shot past from 10 yards after the ball fell into his path from Isaac Hayden’s knockdown.

The point lifts Steve Bruce’s up to 14th in the table going into the international break.

More to follow.

Line-ups

  • 1Dubravka
  • 17KrafthSubstituted forManquilloat 78′minutes
  • 5SchärSubstituted forFernandezat 85′minutes
  • 6Lascelles
  • 3DummettBooked at 44mins
  • 15Willems
  • 24Almirón
  • 14HaydenBooked at 31mins
  • 36Longstaff
  • 30AtsuSubstituted forMutoat 82′minutes
  • 9Joelinton

Substitutes

  • 2Clark
  • 4Ki Sung-yueng
  • 8Shelvey
  • 13Muto
  • 18Fernandez
  • 19Manquillo
  • 26Darlow

Watford

  • 26Foster
  • 4DawsonBooked at 44mins
  • 27Kabasele
  • 15CathcartBooked at 55mins
  • 2Janmaat
  • 16DoucouréBooked at 29minsSubstituted forChalobahat 71′minutes
  • 8Cleverley
  • 21Femenía
  • 19HughesSubstituted forSuccessat 71′minutes
  • 37Pereyra
  • 18GraySubstituted forDeulofeuat 82′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Gomes
  • 7Deulofeu
  • 10Welbeck
  • 11Masina
  • 14Chalobah
  • 22Success
  • 23Sarr
Referee:
Graham Scott
Attendance:
44,157

Match Stats

Home TeamAway TeamWatford
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home13
Away13
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home5
Away11

Live Text

Foul by Tom Cleverley (Watford).

Sean Longstaff () wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kiko Femenía (Watford).

Miguel Almirón () wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Jamaal Lascelles ().

Attempt missed. Yoshinori Muto () right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Joelinton following a fast break.

Attempt blocked. Daryl Janmaat (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Roberto Pereyra.

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Martin Dubravka.

Attempt saved. Roberto Pereyra (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Isaac Success.

Substitution

Substitution, . Federico Fernández replaces Fabian Schär.

Attempt blocked. Tom Cleverley (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Gerard Deulofeu replaces Andre Gray.

Offside, . Jamaal Lascelles tries a through ball, but Miguel Almirón is caught offside.

Foul by Craig Dawson (Watford).

Joelinton () wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Nathaniel Chalobah (Watford) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right following a corner.

Attempt missed. Craig Dawson (Watford) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Tom Cleverley with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Martin Dubravka.

Attempt saved. Isaac Success (Watford) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Tom Cleverley with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, . Javier Manquillo replaces Emil Krafth.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Isaac Hayden ().

Offside, . Emil Krafth tries a through ball, but Miguel Almirón is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Isaac Success replaces Will Hughes.

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Nathaniel Chalobah replaces Abdoulaye Doucouré.

Foul by Will Hughes (Watford).

Jetro Willems () wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, . Joelinton tries a through ball, but Miguel Almirón is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Paul Dummett () left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Tom Cleverley (Watford) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Will Hughes.

Attempt saved. Sean Longstaff () right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by .

Attempt saved. Isaac Hayden () right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Sean Longstaff.

goal

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here