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Watford star points to Newcastle progress under Steve McClaren

5 years ago

Watford star Ikechi Anya thinks that Saturday’s game will be totally different to the one at St James Park earlier this season.

The winger thinks that Steve McClaren has made Newcastle ‘more compact’, compared to the team that lost 2-1 back in September.

United have problems all over the pitch but at the minute it is scoring goals that is the most pressing one.

Failing to score in the last three games, Newcastle have lost each of them by a single goal.

Anya thinks that Watford have a big enough squad to cope with a cup run and continuing their impressive league form.

In contrast, Steve McClaren has been reluctant to even bring substitutes on, never mind make changes to his Premier League starting eleven, unless forced to. A definite suggestion that he doesn’t have the greatest of confidence in the fringe players at St James Park.

With Watford boss Flores already indicating he will make a number of changes to his team, the opportunity could be there for Newcastle to get ‘revenge’ and at the same time create some much needed momentum.

Ikechi Anya:

“Since that day, they’ve gone through their own phase and they’re trying to fight to stay in the Premier League.

“We had a good result earlier in the year against Newcastle and they’ll be trying to avenge for that, but hopefully we can play to our abilities and have a good game.

“Steve McClaren has made them more compact, so it will be a completely different game to the one we had up there.

“We’re at home though and we have the crowd behind us. Everybody is full of emotions and hopefully it will be a great day.

“Everybody knows how big the FA Cup is, we’ve been privileged to go in at this stage.

“Our main priority is to stay in the Premier League but we haven’t had a good cup run in a while. Even though the atmosphere here is incredible, imagine if we had a cup run on top of that.”

“It’s still exciting, it’s the longest running cup and it’s a tremendous one to do well in. I think we have a good team here as well, which could go far in the competition.

“I’d be delighted to progress in the FA Cup and go further on, I don’t see any reason why it would be a hindrance. We have a big squad and we have the players who can compete and get a good result on Saturday.”


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