Jacob Murphy had a glorious chance to earn Newcastle United their first win of the season against Watford in the dying stages.

But Murphy opted for a nonchalant chip over Ben Foster which the keeper saved with ease instead of smashing the ball hard and low past the veteran.

The 26-year-old, who has already scored this season, seemed caught in two minds and had too much time to think of where to shoot.

‘Best finisher’ at the club

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One man who was delighted to see Murphy bearing down on goal was Newcastle’s goalscorer on the day, Sean Longstaff.


Newcastle’s number 36 spoke in glowing terms about his teammate’s finishing credentials.

Speaking on last night’s Match of the Day, Longstaff said: “We have had a lot of good chances, obviously Murph (Jacob Murphy) at the end, he’s probably the best finisher at the club and if we could have picked anyone to be in that situation at that time, it would have been him.

“On another day we score three or four and we’re walking away saying how good and dominant we were, but it’s something we can take a lot of positives from going forward.”

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The Premier League’s all-time top goalscorer and Newcastle legend Alan Shearer felt that his former team should have scored “at least five”.

Commenting on Murphy’s last-gasp effort, as his role as a pundit on Match of the Day, Shearer said: “I couldn’t tell you what I said because I probably wouldn’t have a job if I did. I’m not quite sure what he (Murphy) is trying to do.

“Just put your foot through it and put it in the back of the net. That would have been such an important three points.”

Newcastle’s inability to score gilt-edge chances is catching up with them, and it only highlights further the impact the absence of Callum Wilson has on this team.

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