'I want more from my players' – The key quotes from Claudio Ranieri's press conference after Watford's 1-1 draw with Newcastle
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Claudio Ranieri insists he is 'satisfied' with his Watford team after they snatched a last-gasp equaliser against relegation rivals Newcastle United, but he wants to see more from his players going ahead.

Joao Pedro's 88th minute header ensured The Hornets left Tyneside with a point, a goal that keeps them just outside of the Premier League's dreaded drop zone, in 17th place.

On the result, Ranieri said: "I am satisfied, but I want more from my players.

"We played our football in the last 30 minutes. We conceded too many chances with set pieces and in the second half they only created the goal and we created more chances.

"I am happy because we drew the match, but I am not happy because we didn’t play as well as we used to do.

"I understand my players, after six defeats in a row maybe you are a little anxious but they have to play."

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Mixed feelings after draw

The Hornets were chasing the game for the majority of the second half after a bit of individual brilliance from Allan Saint-Maximin gave Newcastle the lead.

But Watford kept coming forward and grabbed a deserved point right at the death, when Joao Pedro got his head on an excellent cross from substitute Kiko Femenia.

Ranieri said on the reaction to going behind from the players: "I think we showed very good character, after we conceded the goal our reaction was much better. We have to show this from the beginning.

"They understood when we were desperate we tried to combine more. These players can do more.

"I’m very happy because my players had very good combinations, but I want more from my players because I know what they can do. I am happy but it’s half and half."

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On the new boys' performances

Nearly all of the eyes were on Newcastle's new signings Kieran Trippier and Chris Wood heading into this game, but Watford had three new players of their own featuring this afternoon.

SamirHassane Kamara and Edo Kayembe all played the full 90 minutes at St James' Park – and Ranieri was impressed with what he saw from them.

"They were fantastic, all three," he said.

"They gave us more personality and quality.

"I want to say thank you to the club for signing these good players very early for us.

"I saw some players were tired and had to do something.

"Cucho [Hernandez] is a very good player, a fantastic character and Kiko [Femenia] and [Tom] Cleverley also. I had a very good team at my disposal."

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