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Deeney on target as Watford roar back to beat Newcastle
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  • 11 Jul 20
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Soccer Football - Premier League - Watford v Newcastle United - Vicarage Road, Watford, Britain - July 11, 2020 Watford's Troy Deeney celebrates scoring their first goal, as play resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Pool via REUTERS/Richard Heathcote 691px 444px Soccer Football - Premier League - Watford v Newcastle United - Vicarage Road, Watford, Britain - July 11, 2020 Watford's Troy Deeney celebrates scoring their first goal, as play resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Pool via REUTERS/Richard Heathcote

LONDON (Reuters) - Watford striker Troy Deeney eased his team's relegation fears with two second-half penalties as they beat Newcastle United 2-1 on Saturday for their second straight Premier League victory.

Deeney blasted his spot kicks straight down the middle in the 52nd and 82nd minutes to give the home side a win which leaves them 17th on 34 points with three games to play, six ahead of third-bottom Bournemouth who have a game in hand.

The game began with a minute's silence to mark the passing of former Newcastle and Ireland manager Jack Charlton, who won the World Cup with England as a player, after he died on Friday aged 85. The players also wore black arm-bands in tribute.

Dwight Gayle had put mid-table Newcastle in front after 23 minutes when he steered the ball home after a superb glancing header from a corner by visiting defender Federico Fernandez, which looked to be heading in at the far post.

Watford came roaring back at the start of the second half, with Deeney putting them level from the spot seven minutes in after Matt Ritchie upended Kiko in the box.

Deeney had another chance shortly afterwards but his stinging shot was saved by Martin Dubravka, and strike partner Danny Welbeck had a shot deflect off two Newcastle players before looping over the keeper and landing on the roof of the net.

The Hornets weren't to be denied, and when Javier Manquillo wrestled Ismaila Sarr to the ground Deeney stepped up once again to smash the ball home for the winner

Having come back from a goal down to win 2-1 in midweek against now-relegated Norwich, Watford boss Nigel Pearson praised his team's fighting spirit.

"It doesn't matter how we win at the moment, as long as we do, and this gives us a little bit more of a chance (of staying up)," he said following the final whistle.

(Reporting by Philip O'Connor; Editing by Ken Ferris and Toby Chopra)

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1 Liverpool LIV 99 38 32 3 3 85 33 +52 99
2 Manchester City MAC 81 38 26 3 9 102 35 +67 81
3 Manchester United MUN 66 38 18 12 8 66 36 +30 66
4 Chelsea CHE 66 38 20 6 12 69 54 +15 66
5 Leicester City LEI 62 38 18 8 12 67 41 +26 62
6 Tottenham Hotspur TOT 59 38 16 11 11 61 47 +14 59
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers WOL 59 38 15 14 9 51 40 +11 59
8 Arsenal ARS 56 38 14 14 10 56 48 +8 56
9 Sheffield United SHE 54 38 14 12 12 39 39 0 54
10 Burnley BUR 54 38 15 9 14 43 50 -7 54
11 Southampton SOU 52 38 15 7 16 51 60 -9 52
12 Everton EVE 49 38 13 10 15 44 56 -12 49
13 Newcastle United NEW 44 38 11 11 16 38 58 -20 44
14 Crystal Palace CRY 43 38 11 10 17 31 50 -19 43
15 Brighton & Hove Albion BRI 41 38 9 14 15 39 54 -15 41
16 West Ham United WES 39 38 10 9 19 49 62 -13 39
17 Aston Villa AST 35 38 9 8 21 41 67 -26 35
18 AFC Bournemouth BOU 34 38 9 7 22 40 65 -25 34
19 Watford WAT 34 38 8 10 20 36 64 -28 34
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