Ten-man Toon scrape past Hornets

Date published: Saturday 5th December 2009 5:29

Just as they had done last week when they raced into a 3-0 lead over Swansea with just 28 minutes gone, the Magpies roared out of the blocks and Hornets goalkeeper Scott Loach had to make a third-minute save from Kevin Nolan after he played a neat one-two with Marlon Harewood.

Peter Lovenkrands put the Magpies ahead with 20 minutes gone after a mistake by Craig Cathcart but home goalkeeper Steve Harper had to be alert to keep out Heidar Helguson just before the break.

Nolan saw red after picking up his second caution of the match early in the second period, but nerves inside St James’ Park were eased with seven minutes remaining when Pancrate produced a stunning left-footed finish to end Watford’s hopes.

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