Marco Silva gives commitment to Newcastle on Saturday
Marco Silva has promised not to compromise ahead of Saturday’s match at St James Park.
The game sold out some time ago and the Watford boss says he won’t change his belief in how to set-up the team.
After impressing in a desperate situation at Hull City last season when he took over from Mike Phelan during the campaign, Watford made yet another change of manager when identifying Silva as the next one for them.
The Hornets having changed their manager each summer ahead of their three Premier League campaigns.
Marco Silva states simply: ‘We don’t go and play with 10 men behind the ball and wait for mistakes. We play to try and score. We won’t change a lot.’
Scoring two goals in each of the six Premier League away games so far, the approach has played dividends.
Last season Watford got 12 points from a possible 57 away from home, this time they have 10 from 18 and will beat last season’s record already, if beating Newcastle.
As for their opponents, Marco Silva says ‘Newcastle are a good team with a very, very good coach. They have a fantastic support behind them and it will be a very good challenge for us.’
It will also be a big challenge for Rafa Benitez as after three defeats in a row he tries to get the balance between attack and defence right, whilst at the same time having to cope with limited resources.
At least faced with a Watford team he will know what style they will play, stopping them doing that though and Newcastle scoring themselves is another matter of course.
Newcastle fans are set for an open and entertaining game tomorrow, most of all though, hopefully it will be one that adds points as well.
“The team spirit is very, very good. Amazing.
“It is important that we show good spirit (at Newcastle). We play and perform well and we put on the pitch a fantastic performance. We are totally focused on our work, our week, and the match.
“Nothing changes now. We know what is our way, what is our obligation. We cannot control speculation (about Silva possibly leaving for Everton). The only way we can prove something is on the pitch.”
“Two goals in every away match is very good numbers for us.
“This is our goal. We don’t go and play with 10 men behind the ball and wait for mistakes.
“We play to try and score. We won’t change a lot.
“I like our team to keep good organisation, good focus and I’m really upset when we concede a goal, especially from a set-piece.
“If they score a great goal then congratulations to them.
“It will be a really difficult game (at St James Park), a tough game.
“Newcastle are a good team with a very, very good coach. They have a fantastic support behind them and it will be a very good challenge for us.
“Until now we have given good answers in our away games. We play well and compete. We will play the same way and we need to prove in the match we want to win more than our opponent.”
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