Watford proved too strong for Newcastle United as they eased to a 3-0 win at St James’ Park.

Will Hughes scored for the second week running to get the ball rolling before a DeAndre Yedlin made it 2-0 just before the break.

Both goals were provided by the impressive Marvin Zeegelaar who was a constant threat from left wing-back.

Andre Gray scored a third just after the hour to kill the game as a contest, but was guilty of missing a number of clear chances.

Here’s how Watford’s player’s got on on Tyneside.

Heurelho Gomes – 7

Made one smart stop to deny Joselu with the score at 3-0 and didn’t put a foot wrong on a day where Newcastle rarely tested the Watford stopper.

Adrian Mariappa – 6.5

Watford Observer:

Strong in the air in the first half and got his head on much of what Newcastle slung into the Watford box.

His passing left a lot to be desired at times, however, and he gave possession away cheaply to allow the Magpies the chance to get on the front foot.

Christian Kabasele – 8

Superb defensively as he made a number of key interventions when United were having rare bright spells in the first period.

It was Kabasele’s fine long ball forward which launched the attack for the Watford opener as he picked out Marvin Zeegelaar in space on the left-wing.

Miguel Britos – 6.5

The least effective of the Watford back three and didn’t have the same aerial dominance as his defensive counterparts.

More often than not it would be Mariappa and Kabasele who made important interventions at the back, rather than Britos.

Kiko Femenia – 6

Watford Observer:

Lacked his usual attacking impetus on the right and didn’t get forward to the same effect as he has previously this term.

Caught out of position on a number of occasions in the first half, with one such incident leading to a chance which Kabasele did well to block.

Tom Cleverley – 7

A midfield battle in the first half saw Cleverley lose possession cheaply at times. He improved considerably after the half-time break and helped Watford control the game.

Abdoulaye Doucoure – 7.5

Like Cleverley, performed better in the second half than the first. Looked to get Watford playing on the front foot where possible.

A long ball over the top for Richarlison created Watford’s first genuine chance and Doucoure was typically committed throughout the 90 minutes.

Marvin Zeegelaar – 8

Picked up where he left off last week with another barnstorming display on the left-hand side. His clever pull back provided the opener for Hughes and it was the Dutchman’s cross which Yedlin turned in for the second.

Could easily have had a third assist when playing in Gray, but the striker spurned the chance by firing woefully wide.

Will Hughes – 7.5

Watford Observer:

Followed up his maiden Watford goal last week with a well-taken opener this by sweeping low into the bottom corner.

The classy finish matched Hughes’ all-round display as he once again flourished in a free role behind Gray.

Andre Gray – 6 .5

May have scored his second Watford goal with a close-range finish, but the Hornets record signing lacked a cutting edge in front of goal.

Spurned a glorious chance early in the second half as he flashed a left-footed shot wide when in on goal and tamely shot straight at Rob Elliot late on.

Looks short on confidence and the hope will be his goal will provide a timely boost.

Richarlison – 6.5

A quieter day for the Brazilian still yielded a delightful assist when he floated a perfect cross to the back post for Gray to turn in.

Should, though, have laid on a tap-in for Gray moments earlier but showed a selfish streak by cutting in to try and work a shot, only to lose the ball.


Sebastian Prodl – 6.5

Came on early in the second half for Britos and looked to settle in comfortably. Looked assured at the centre of the Watford defence.

Andre Carrillo – N/A

Came on too late in the act to make a lasting impression.

Roberto Pereyra – N/A

A late introduction and had little time to impress.