That was the story of the Newcastle United season. Another advantage has been taken and is not sticking to it. Two more points fell in the game they were supposed to win and a draw kept them in the relegation zone.
Magpies are in terrible danger and the pressure is growing on everyone. The new owners have still not signed the central defender, a position that should be a priority in this window. Coach Eddie Howe has won just one of the 10 games he has led, and the players look both mentally fragile and technically limited.
The Magpies just can’t win and that’s just one win in 22 games. “We lost the habit of winning,” Howe said. “There is no point in shouting and yelling at the players, we have to show them why we didn’t win on the pitch.
“It’s really disappointing, we made three mistakes in setting their goal. We will have to see how detrimental this result is, but it hurts so much because we failed to beat one of our relegation rivals. “
Now 21 points have fallen from winning positions under three different managers. Dropping out seems more likely every time this happens.
It’s a team that has kept one clean goal and until that obvious weakness is eliminated, Howe can only do so much. For the first time, however, he begins to feel the heat. After the final whistle, whistles were heard, as in the FA Cup 1-0 defeat to Cambridge United the week before.
He inherited a midfield that lacks pace and strength, and a defense that will receive a goal when under pressure. These problems have haunted his predecessor Steve Bruce and are also undermining Howe.
The bad truth is that Newcastle can’t complain. They were better until they took the lead through Allan Saint-Maximin, but Watford outscored them in the last half hour.