Rafael Benitez admitted his relief after seeing Newcastle claim their first Premier League win of the season against Watford. The Magpies rode their luck as they battled their way to a 1-0 victory over the Hornets at St James’ Park, with Ayoze Perez’s 65th-minute header from Ki Sung-yueng’s driven free-kick wrapping up the points.
It was Newcastle’s first point at home this season and came despite losing Yoshinori Muto, Jamaal Lascelles and Jonjo Shelvey to injury before the hour mark.
“I will say that so many games, there were so many things that we were trying to do in a different way with players, analysing everything, and still we couldn’t get three points when I think we deserved to get the three points in a couple of games or maybe more – Cardiff, Manchester United, Brighton, they were very clear,” Benitez said. “It was a pity, but today we won.
There’s a little bit of relief and we can enjoy it, but keep working hard because (next opponents) Bournemouth are also another team that is in form and it will be difficult.”
Meanwhile, Watford will have left Tyneside frustrated with themselves after Gerard Deulofeu passed up two first-half opportunities, Roberto Pereyra rattled the crossbar and substitute Stefano Okaka missed from close range.