The Magpies had been set to exit the Premier League relegation zone after Allan Saint-Maximin’s opener.
However, Joao Pedro’s 87th-minute equaliser forced Eddie Howe’s side to settle for a point, a goal that keeps the club two points from safety,
The Hornets occupy 17th place with a game in-hand, one of which is set to take place on Tuesday night at fellow relegation rival Burnley.
Howe provided an insight into the dressing room mood after Pedro inflicted a late blow.
‘Disappointed & very quiet’
Howe revealed: “The feeling in the dressing room is one of disappointment and a very quiet dressing room where people are reflecting on what’s just happened.
“And that’s how I want it at this moment. There has to be a feeling of critiquing ourselves and being frustrated with our own performances.
“I don’t think it’s the time for shouting and screaming. That kind of reaction, I don’t think the players would welcome that and I don’t think it’d do any good apart.
“I don’t think airing my frustrations is healthy in our current league positions.
“I think it’s a case of trying to help the players understand why we didn’t win, showing them then doing the work on the training pitch.
“That’s the only process that’s going to work currently.”