Former player Micky Quinn believes Newcastle United are in the relegation dog fight until the end as he cursed Steve McClanren’s side’s lack of consistency on social networking site Twitter.
After picking up four points from their past two home games, Newcastle headed to Vicarage Road with renewed optimism of getting out of the mess they currently find themselves in.
The Hornets had last four league games on the spin, and Newcastle knew a victory could close the gap on their opponents to five points and thus dragging another team in to the relegation mixture.
However, goals from Odion Ighalo and Craig Cathcart were enough to hand the hosts all three points despite defender Jamaal Lascelles scoring his first Newcastle goal with 20 minutes remaining.
Quinn’s reaction to defeat is rather typical of an ardent Newcastle supporter, as once again the club seemingly took one step forward only to take a step back the following week.
The performance in general was pretty good from McClaren’s men, yet the same weaknesses in defence and a lack of prolificacy upfront prevented them from gaining a positive result.
The defeat leaves the Tyneside side in 18th position having picked up 21 points from 23 games, one less that Swansea City who sit directly above them having played a game less.
The likes of Bournemouth, Norwich City and of course Swansea are all still within reach for Newcastle, yet they must become more consistent if the hope to have any chance of avoiding the drop this season.