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Back in Tyne: Five memorable wins over Watford

Written by Luke Vinton

Ahead of Newcastle United's Premier League clash with Watford on Saturday (kick-off 3pm BST), we take a look at some of the Magpies' most memorable victories over the Hornets at St. James' Park...

Pérez header breaks United's duck (2018)

United's most recent win - an important 1-0 success in the Premier League - came back in November as the Magpies claimed their first victory of the season.

After failing to register a league win in their opening ten fixtures, United were in deesperate need of maximum points to propel themselves further up the league ladders.

The only goal was netted by Ayoze Pérez as the Spanish forward headed home Ki Sung-yueng's free kick in front of the Gallowgate End to end a run of five consecutive defeats against Watford, sealing Rafa Benítez's 50th win as Newcastle manager in all competitions.

Pancrate stunner seals win for ten-man Newcastle (2009)

United extended their lead at the top of the Championship after a hard-fought 2-0 win over a spirited Watford team.

The hosts went ahead after 20 minutes when Craig Cathcart's weak backpass allowed Marlon Harewood to set up Peter Lovenkrands for a simple opener before the Magpies lost Kevin Nolan when he was shown a second yellow card in the second half.

But as Watford searched for an equaliser, substitute Fabrice Pancrate sealed the win late on, producing a superb turn before smashing his left-footed strike into the roof of the net.

Martins at the double (2006)

Two second-half goals from Obafemi Martins secured a 2-1 victory for Newcastle, who recorded their fourth win in five Premier League matches.

After a dull first-half, the match sprung into life as the Nigerian forward nodded United into the lead before Hameur Bouazza equalised with a quick reply for the Hornets.

With the final minutes approaching, another substitute proved crucial as Damien Duff supplied a deflected cross which fell into the path of Martins, who made no mistake in thumping home five minutes from time.

Gallacher stings Hornets with match winner (2000)

Another close encounter between the two sides was decided by Kevin Gallacher's fine strike, as the Scot netted his third of six goals during a two-year spell on Tyneside.

The forward, who featured alongside Alan Shearer and Duncan Ferguson in attack that day, ended the resistance of relegation-threatened Watford as he got on the end of Alan Shearer's low drilled cross.

Midfield magic on route to First Division title (1992)

Rob Lee and Gavin Peacock were the goalscorers in United's 2-0 triumph over Watford in November 1992, with Newcastle en route to lifting the old First Division trophy with an eye-catching 96 points.

The pair netted a combined total of 22 league goals in their title-winning campaign before Kevin Keegan's side went on to finish third the following year, making an impressive debut season in the recently-formed Premier League.

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Martins at the double at United sting Hornets

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