So another very disappointing result with a point thrown away. Unlike the way certain teams have been thrashed out of sight by the so called top three this season we have been there or thereabouts. We managed to compete with Liverpool, Manchester City and beat Tottenham. However there are issues still prevalent in the team which prevent us making that final step. Issues which are clear for all to see and which have been discussed to death. The question is Gino Pozzo happy to remain in mid table make profits on players or see if we can haul ourselves into the top third of the table with the prospect of European football. Once again last night we failed at the back and lacked enough pace and showed a little too much respect to Luiz and Rudiger who are pretty average defenders. We have been extremely guilty this season and last night of playing the ball out from the back then overplaying and failing to find the outball putting pressure back onto what is a suspect defence. It's not helped by a Doucoure who has been tremendously sloppy at times this season perhaps his mind has been distracted by the continual rumours in the press since August. And over committing at times in recent matches leaving the defence exposed and not finding his shooting boots. And at the back while our fullbacks and Cathcart have been solid enough having to thrust a stalwart like Mariappa to face Hazard is harsh on player and the club's inability or unwillingness to spend some money to bring in a decent centreback such as Hinteregger or at one time Ake. Not to mention the lack of firepower upfront. And indeed pace to stretch defences and keep them deep. While Stuparevic and Cucho Hernandez and indeed Joao Pedro are future bright lights at their ages aside from Cucho we just don't know how they will fare. And what is worrying is while we have a great midfield by the time these mature will we be forced to reassemble the midfield as undoubtedly the vultures will be swooping in for players like Doucoure and Pereyra. We continue to score goals of real quality but throwing away points because of these areas that have not been addressed by Duxbury. Points which were also thrown away at St.James Park earlier this season when we completely outplayed Newcastle in the first half but could not convert any of the chances created. In terms of team selection with Bournemouth coming up there could be changes to freshen the squad. Will Prodl be recalled ? Masina would be an able deputy for Holebas while I would bring in Quina for Sema shift Deulofeu to the right and leave Deeney by himself upfront. I would not be too harsh on Sema. He does seem to lack match fitness fading in the second half and being so one footed needs to play out on the left not the right. One would also hope the young English contingent of Wilmot, Chalobah and Hughes will also start featuring along with Janmaat and Cleverley as they all gain match fitness and recover from their injuries as at the moment the squad is thin. It is no coincidence the top clubs squad depth makes an impact late into games. Having Okaka as your option or Success who needs to be more in the box is hardly ideal. So with the window coming while Stuparevic is a certainity it might be worth considering Lukebakio being recalled if possible and of course finding a centreback and another striker. As for Newcastle they are finding that a large fanbase and history means nothing in the era of television money. They have been unable to utilize what has been a traditional area of breeding English talent with Paul Dummett hardly the epitome of what has been produced in the past from Bobby Charlton and for all his numerous faults Paul Gascoigne. And while we have been blessed with owners who understand football who would want an odious chav running your club ? We all know who that is. The Toon are in a real relegation battle despite the best efforts of Benitez (highlights the point about how much is management and how much is money in contributing to a managers actual ability take the bald fraud at Abu Dhabi United and let him manage Burnley for instance) with a squad that is mainly of a top Championship level and strikers who barely function aside from Rondon who was rested last night. However they are well organized and playing a 5-3-2 will look to counter from deep relying heavily on Yedlin and Ritchie on the flanks while Rondon will return either for Muto or Joselu. Their fitness is also suspect as they decline during games so we need to keep the ball moving and attack the spaces in behind their wing backs and I would have Quina in with Capoue and Doucoure (albeit reluctantly as he needs a rest) in a three man midfield and ask Pereyra and Delofeu to really attack the spaces in behind each wingback with Masina and Kiko pushing into midfield. If we play as we did against Cardiff in terms of moving the ball at speed and playing with directness and energy we should be able to win this one. No more unnecessary dropping of points please. How not to win matches and end up in a position you shouldn't be in: https://www.watfordfc.com/matches/highlights/highlights-newcastle-united-1-0-watford Star Turns for each club and country Roberto Pereyra and Salomon Rondon: Recent record: https://www.11v11.com/teams/watford/tab/opposingTeams/opposition/Newcastle United/ Referee: Roger East who refereeed the match last season at the Vic when we won 2-0 and also likes to throw cards around like confetti. In summary we are progressing as a club on and off the pitch with excellent leadership. Perhaps we are being impatient with the need to upgrade the defence and striking options but unlike many teams we have not been embarrassed by the so called elite and their petrodollars or huge sponsorship deals and have created some of the finest football and goals played and scored by a Watford team. We can only hope that in 2019 those issues may be rectified and with a little more good fortune we can embark on a run into the top third of the table and possibly Europe and for once a decent FA Cup adventure. We certainly have the players in midfield to do it and the defence is not all that bad. I do wish all my fellow Hornet fans wherever they may be around the globe and anyone connected with the club past and present a most happy and prosperous 2019. May it be filled with good health and plenty of cheer. And a safe journey to for all those long suffering Newcastle fans as they snake their way down to this not so leafy anymore corner of South West Hertfordshire. COYH.