Dave Watson

By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter

Everton legend Dave Watson has warned Newcastle that they won't be in for an easy ride in their final game of the season at Goodison Park on Sunday.

Former England defender Watson, now the Magpies' Under-18s Coach, spent 15 years on Merseyside and won the old First Division title in 1987 and the FA Cup in 1995.

He was their captain during the 'Dogs of War' era of the mid-1990s, when Joe Royle's side were renowned for their ferocious battling qualities, and that attitude has continued to serve the Toffees well under David Moyes.

While they boast gifted players like Tim Cahill, Nikica Jelavic and Jack Rodwell, there continues to be a steely determination about the Blues. And Watson knows better than most what lies in store for the Magpies at the weekend.

Even though it's an end of season affair, there's plenty to play for on both sides. Newcastle could still gatecrash the top four with a win, depending on other results, while Everton will be desperate to finish above local rivals Liverpool.

And Watson - who led his Newcastle youngsters to the Premier Academy League Group D title this term - told nufc.co.uk: "No-one goes to Everton and has an easy game.

"It will be tough. But we're going really well up at Newcastle so you've got to fancy them.

"For Newcastle to go there and get a result would be fantastic.

"Everton have had a great season - yet again - but the Toon are on fire at the moment, it's rolling, and let's hope that Newcastle get a decent result."