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2018/2019 English Premier League
  • Abdoulaye Doucouré (82')
  • Salomón Rondón (29')

Super sub Doucoure comes off bench to save Watford against Newcastle

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Watford 1-1 Newcastle: Doucoure salvages point (1:08)

Abdoulaye Doucoure came off the bench to save a point against Newcastle at Vicarage Road. (1:08)

Abdoulaye Doucoure came off the bench to bundle home the equaliser and then almost grab a winner as Watford secured a 1-1 draw with Newcastle at Vicarage Road in the Premier League on Saturday.

The French midfielder was brought on at the start of the second half as Watford went all out to avoid a sixth home league defeat this season.

Doucoure met Gerard Deulofeu's cross with a superb header in the 82nd minute to set up a frantic final few minutes in which he then missed an easier chance for the winner from four yards.

Newcastle had led for much of the game after Salomon Rondon, who had been left out of their 4-0 defeat at Liverpool on Wednesday, headed home Matt Ritchie's centre cross.

The goal was Rondon's fifth in eight league games and the Venezuelan almost had another soon after but this time his effort was disallowed for a fractional offside.

Fifteenth-placed Newcastle looked on course to secure the league double over Javi Gracia's inconsistent side before Doucoure, who has been heavily linked with a move away in January, made his telling contribution.

The Frenchman had been surprisingly left on the bench, along with Watford talisman Troy Deeney as Watford sought to rest their key players.

But, with a sixth home defeat threatening, Gracia brought them both on to salvage a match that seemed to be getting away from them.

"We believed until the end and we strike one goal," he said, defending his decision to make six changes. "The players starting did really well as well and I am happy with that attitude from all of them."

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez was pleased with the point.

"I think we did well for a while then we conceded late and I think we could -win the game with a bit more composure in the final pass -- but overall a great effort from everyone," he said.

English Premier League Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Liverpool 23 +41 60
2 Manchester City 23 +45 56
3 Tottenham Hotspur 23 +25 51
4 Chelsea 23 +21 47
5 Arsenal 23 +16 44
6 Manchester United 23 +13 44
7 Watford 23 0 33
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 23 -4 32
9 Leicester City 23 0 31
10 West Ham United 23 -4 31
11 Everton 23 +1 30
12 AFC Bournemouth 23 -9 30
13 Brighton & Hove Albion 23 -7 26
14 Crystal Palace 23 -9 22
15 Southampton 23 -15 22
16 Burnley 23 -20 22
17 Newcastle United 23 -12 21
18 Cardiff City 23 -25 19
19 Fulham 23 -30 14
20 Huddersfield Town 23 -27 11