The Portuguese frontman occasionally led the Hornets for three minutes to stun the locals among the 52,223 crowd at St James ’Park and score a 1-1 draw.
The men of Eddie Howe, who had Chris Wood for the first time among his £ 25million, looked like they had won with a great shot by Allan Saint-Maximin in the 49th minute, but withdrew as the visitors looked for a way back into the game and eventually they had to pay for their passivity.
Newcastle started at the right pace when Sean Longstaff forced an early corner and Saint-Maximin sent a dangerous ball over 6 yards, although Emmanuel Dennis took advantage of a promising opportunity for the visitors when he took a free kick straight into the defensive wall in the sixth minute. after Jonjo Shelvey was booked for a trip to Juraj Kuck.
The Magpies rejected the crossbar after Joelinton deflected Ryan Fraser’s deflected pass into the goal in the 11th minute, but they were saved four minutes later when Josh King shot into the side net after Saint-Maximin wasted possession in the middle. by Pedro. through the ball.
Joelinton volleyed a wide shot at the far post after Fraser and Longstaff made a short corner, and Wood sent a header from Fraser’s second interception, with the home side applying more consistent pressure.
The New Zealand international failed to hit the target again after Jamaal Lascelles headed Kieran Trippier into the corner in the 24th minute and Fabian Schar failed to score for goalkeeper Ben Foster when he scored an inviting free kick from Trippier seven minutes later. .
Longstaff lifted a shot with his left foot high over the crossbar after Saint-Maximin, who had spent a frustrating afternoon so far, advanced on the left and pulled the ball back.
Debutant Hornets Samir gently hit Martin Dubravka in the first half, as the standstill remained uninterrupted.
However, this only went four minutes longer and, perhaps appropriate for a game that was getting increasingly loose, the opening goal came due to a mistake.
Side defender Jeremy Ngakio was robbed by Saint-Maximin as he chased Shelvey’s hopeful ball forward, but what followed was of much better quality as the Frenchman menacingly cut into the interior before viciously hit past helpless Foster.
Watford responded and Dubravka had to intercept a raised Pedro from under her crossbar before rejecting King when he jumped on goal just seconds later.
And as the Hornets took a more adventurous approach in finding an equalizer, the game began to open up.
Newcastle’s old man, Moussa Sissoko, should have equalized after Dennis’ pass in the 67th minute, but his shot wasted, and Pedro let go of the point that three minutes from the moment he challenged reserve Kiko Femenia with a nice header.