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2018/2019 English Premier League
  • Ayoze Pérez (65')

Ayoze Perez on target to hand Newcastle first Premier League win of the season

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Newcastle 1-0 Watford: Magpies' first win of the season (1:41)

Ayoze Perez headed in a cross from Ki Sung-yueng as Newcastle held on for their first win of the season. (1:41)

Newcastle United finally got their season up and running by beating Watford 1-0 at St James' Park to record their first Premier League win at the 11th attempt.

Ayoze Perez flicked home a 65th-minute header from a Ki Sung-yeung free kick to claim the points and move Newcastle out of the relegation zone into 17th place.

The contrast between the teams going into the game could not have been starker with Watford enjoying their best top-flight start and Newcastle needing a win to avert their worst.

They negotiated a nervous opening when they struggled to cope with the pace of Gerard Deulofeu and Watford had several opportunities to take the lead before the interval.

Adrian Mariappa wasted Watford's best chance, dragging the ball wide of the left-hand post before Roberto Pereyra went even closer by hitting the bar.

Newcastle. who lost key midfielder Jonjo Shelvey to injury at the start of the second half, gradually became the stronger side although they required an excellent block from Kenedy to deny Watford substitute Andre Gray an equaliser.

English Premier League Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Liverpool 35 +59 88
2 Manchester City 34 +65 86
3 Tottenham Hotspur 35 +30 70
4 Chelsea 35 +21 67
5 Arsenal 34 +25 66
6 Manchester United 34 +15 64
7 Watford 35 0 50
8 Everton 35 +6 49
9 Leicester City 35 +1 48
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers 34 -1 48
11 West Ham United 35 -10 43
12 Crystal Palace 35 -5 42
13 Newcastle United 35 -9 41
14 AFC Bournemouth 35 -13 41
15 Burnley 35 -18 40
16 Southampton 35 -17 37
17 Brighton & Hove Albion 35 -22 34
18 Cardiff City 35 -35 31
19 Fulham 35 -43 23
20 Huddersfield Town 35 -49 14