Watford star Will Hughes felt there was plenty room for improvement from the Hornets after hammering Newcastle United on Saturday.

Where exactly that leaves Newcastle is anybody’s guess after a three goal defeat which Alan Shearer quite rightly said could and should have been an even bigger defeat if the visitors had taken their chances.

Newcastle were linked with a move for Will Hughes in pretty much every transfer window, preferring instead to go for ‘bargains’ from abroad such as Siem de Jong and Henri Saivet.

Watford are reaping the benefits now, after taking a chance on the much talked about Championship star of recent years.

Will Hughes declaring after the final whistle that ‘The scoreline flattered us a bit considering we could do better in some areas’.

No doubt Rafa Benitez was also telling his players that they could do better in the odd area as well…

Will Hughes speaking to official Watford site:

“I thought in the end we deserved the three points.

“The scoreline flattered us a bit considering we could do better in some areas, myself included.

“Ultimately, the three points was the main thing and that is what we got.”

‘Two goals in two games, is that something you have been working on?’

“I have been for the last five years to be honest!

“I know I need to score more goals and create more chances.”

‘Back to back wins, so momentum starting to build again?’

“Hopefully, we knew as a group that the performances were there, we were losing games but playing well. We knew results would change eventually.

“We have got a great squad of players.”

‘A long way for the fans to come?’

“Yes, a long way to come and they were up in the clouds but we heard them all game and we are thankful for their support.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle United 0 Watford 3

Goals:

Watford: Hughes 19, Yedlin (OG) 45+1,  Gray 62

Possession was Watford 48% Newcastle 52%

Total shots were  Watford 12 Newcastle 12

Shots on target were Watford 4 Newcastle 2

Corners were  Watford 3 Newcastle 6

Referee: Chris Kavanagh

Newcastle United:

Elliot, Yedlin, Clark, Lejeune, Manquillo, Ritchie, Shelvey, Diame (Merino 69), Murphy (Perez 77), Joselu (Mitrovic 69), Gayle

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Gamez, Perez, Mbemba

Crowd: 52,188 (Watford 2,200)

(Alan Shearer reacts to the Watford defeat HERE)

(To read the instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the game go HERE)

(Marco Silva thought Newcastle were lucky to only get beat 3-0 – read what he said HERE)

(Read what Rafa Benitez thought of this three goal defeat to Watford – Read it HERE)

(Read the player ratings from Newcastle fans HERE)



  • Paul Patterson

    Bless him, he must be trying to be polite . .

  • Saul Williams

    Don’t agree with Hughes there.Should have been at least 5-0.I think it flattered Newcastle it was 3-0

    • Blackburn1066

      Yep so do I

    • Monkseaton Magpies

      Twelve shots each we had more play and more corners and could have been leading at half time but for missing three great chances. They got lucky with the own goal and only had four shots on target all game.

    • Keeganontherebound

      Agreed. It wasn’t far off being as bad as the 6-0 thrashing against Liverpool a few seasons ago…

  • Leicester Mag

    Maybe keen not to burn possible future bridges can’t explain otherwise #omnishiite

  • lukegte

    Nice lad. Mam and Dad must be proud

  • Kneebotherm8

    Very, very diplomatic.

  • GC

    Is it just me, I wanted to enjoy reading that piece but instead I’ve been offered a dress from House of Fraser, a VW Golf and a holiday in Egypt. I’m tired of all that internet clutter. Can’t wait for me dress