Newcastle 1-0 Watford: Ayoze Perezs perfect response delivers the elusive win – 5 things we learned

Newcastle 1-0 Watford: Ayoze Perez\s perfect response delivers the elusive win - 5 things we learned

The key debating points from the win over Watford

Watfords Adrian Mariappa (left) and Newcastle Uniteds Salomon Rondon battle for the ball during the Premier League match at St James Park, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday November 3, 2018. See PA story SOCCER Newc

NEWCASTLE finally claimed their first win of the season as Ayoze Perez’s second-half header secured a 1-0 victory over Watford.

• FT: Newcastle United 1-0 Watford (Perez 65) • Perez heads home opener from Ki free-kick • Hosts record first league win of the season at Hornets expense • Watford spurn a number of good chances in first-half

Perez glanced home Ki Yung-sueng’s driven free-kick as the Magpies climbed to the 17th position in the table – what were the main talking points to emerge from the St James’ Park success?

Ki Sung-yueng has suffered a difficult start to his Newcastle career. By his own admission, there were times when the South Korean wondered if Rafael Benitez did not rate him. On this evidence, however, he could prove a crucial addition to the Magpies’ midfield mix.

Javi Gracia bemoaned Watford’s failure to convert their first half dominance into goals after they fell to a 1-0 defeat to Newcastle United at St James’ Park.

The Hornets spurned a host of openings in the first period, with Gerard Deulofeu being most culpable of profligacy as he missed two clear chances.

Ayoze Perez made sure Gracia’s men paid in full for their inability to find the net with a headed winner after 65 minutes which gave the hosts a first league victory of the season.

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