Premier League – Late Joao Pedro goal gives Watford a point over struggling Newcastle, Norwich City beat Everton
Newcastle United had Allan Saint-Maximin’s opener canceled out as Joao Pedro scored in the 88th minute to allow Watford to draw 1-1.
The talismanic Frenchman scored early in the second half with what looked to be the game’s only goal, and the one that would have lifted Newcastle out of the relegation zone until Pedro’s late equaliser. Watford finished the game 17th and Newcastle 19th.
Norwich picked up a potentially vital 3-1 win over relegation rivals Everton at Carrow Road. Norwich are now 18th with 13 points.
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An own goal from Michael Keane just after the quarter-hour gave the home side the lead before Adam Idah doubled the advantage two minutes later. Richarlison scored for Everton on the hour mark but Rafael Benitez finished on the losing side, 15th in the league.
Mexico striker Raul Jiminez made the difference as Wolves beat Southampton at Molineux. The striker continued his comeback after a fractured skull with a first-half penalty, and Conor Coady added another in the 59th minute to make it 2-0. James Ward-Prowse reduced the deficit to one in the 84th minute before Adama Traore scored in injury time. Wolves are now in eighth place, with Southampton in 12th.
With all the games full of drama, Norwich’s victory over Everton can be considered the most remarkable result, as Dean Smith’s side battled their way to three hard-earned points at the expense of a side from the Toffees lacking in confidence and quality.
The defense presented from Rafa Benitez’s side was dismal; as demonstrated for both goals – the first with Keane in the wrong place at the right time, and the second giving Brandon Williams and Adam Idah far too much space and time to nearly kill the game.
Richarlison’s overhead kick restored some parity after two months out from injury, but overall it won’t mean anything to Toffees fans, who have been vocal about their direction and poor performance.
Wolves sent Southampton into a closer game than the scoreline suggested; with the exceptional strike coming from the boot of James Ward-Prowse, who whipped a trademark free-kick into the corner to give Ralph Hassenhuttl’s side the hope they had been carrying after a positive first half.
Adama Traore killed any chance of a visiting return with almost the last kick of the game, repairing a bad pass minutes earlier.
Newcastle were unlucky enough to be held to a draw by Watford as Claudio Ranieri’s Hornets as the visitors snatched a point from the death through Pedro’s header, but a home win would have been the scoreline more respectable given their dominance. They struggled to put the game to bed as Watford resurfaced, and a terrible miss from former Magpie Moussa Sissoko was a key moment. Allan Saint-Maximin was again the man of the match; with the tricky winger scoring a fabulous goal that should have put the Toon on the way to three big points.
All in all, a thrilling collection of 3pm kick-offs, encapsulating the true meaning of Barclays – late goals, drama and stealing points is what this league is all about.
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