Newcastle United's winless run in the Premier League was extended to six matches on Saturday as they drew 1-1 with Watford.

Despite taking an early lead through Sean Longstaff, Ismaili Sarr pegged them back and the Magpies could have lost it, had Josh King's late winner not been ruled out by VAR.

That leaves Steve Bruce under increased pressure at St James' Park, although the last two matches have brought improved performances.

Yet, the frustration remains at Newcastle's inability to capitalise on their dominance at key stages in the match.

Here's a round-up of how the national media reported the encounter.

BBC Sport

Newcastle boss Bruce wanted to see "more of the same" after an open game in the draw with Leeds last week, but his side controlled the game for long spells.

Chances came and went, but overall it was a controlled performance for the visitors.

Saint-Maximin was lively as always, and Willock was a driving force from midfield, despite previously being ruled out until after the international break with a toe problem.

Perhaps it was the continued absence of top goalscorer and chief goal threat Callum Wilson, but Newcastle suffered for not putting the game to bed. Having kept Sarr quiet for much of the game, they were undone by him in the second half. The opportunity at the end of the first half for Longstaff ultimately proved very costly.

Watford were second best for long spells but will argue they deserved their draw on the balance of the second half, as their wait for a first clean sheet continues.

The Guardian

Steve Bruce was left to lament missed chances after Ismaïla Sarr’s equaliser denied Newcastle their first league win of the season with a 1-1 draw at Watford.

The Magpies, who went into the game with just two points, saw Sean Longstaff’s curled strike give them the lead midway through the first half. However, Watford levelled the contest when Sarr found himself unmarked to nod home at the far post in the 72nd minute.

The Hornets thought they had a winner three minutes from time when Joshua King slotted the ball past Karl Darlow in the Newcastle goal but VAR ruled the goal out for offside.

Bruce’s side scored in the 23rd minute when the ball was played to Longstaff from Allan Saint-Maximin, before he curled a shot from 20 yards past Ben Foster’s outstretched hands and into a top corner.

Just before the break, Newcastle had an ideal opportunity to double their advantage when Saint-Maximin was played through for a one-on-one with the goalkeeper. He tried to round Foster but the defence were able to get back, and although he found Longstaff the goalscorer fired over the bar.

The Telegraph

The long journey back to the north-east could, and should, have felt much less arduous for those of a Newcastle United persuasion.

But Sean Longstaff’s first-half strike - which was backed up by an energetic away performance - was cancelled out by Ismaila Sarr’s second-half header in a high-octane affair at Vicarage Road.

It meant Steve Bruce’s side shared the spoils with Watford and remain winless. It threatened to be much worse, only for Josh King’s late effort to be correctly adjudged offside.

That would have been cruel on the visitors, who could have won it themselves had Jacob Murphy not fluffed his lines having been sent racing clear in injury-time.

The Daily Mail

Logic dictates that Newcastle will, eventually, win a game of football this season. The law of averages and basic probability suggest this barren run - now seven matches in all competitions - can linger for only so long.

You do begin to wonder, though: where exactly are those three points coming from? How many better opportunities can they really expect than this?

No wonder Steve Bruce looked bereft - of answers, of hope, almost - after Joshua King flicked on a corner and Ismaila Sarr headed in a Watford equaliser with 18 minutes left.

No wonder there was a sense of inevitability when Jacob Murphy ran through in the dying moments to rescue victory. Of course, his attempted lob drifted pitifully into the arms of Ben Foster.