Marco Silva was a happy man after watching his team beat Newcastle United.
Consecutive wins and clean sheets for Watford and the manager was satisfied, up to a point…
Before last Sunday’s win over West Ham, the Hornets had conceded three late goals against both Chelsea and Everton, turning a winning scoreline (for Watford) into a defeat.
No chance of that happening at St James Park this afternoon.
Marco Silva says they had devised a plan to deal with Newcastle’s attacking play but in truth it was rarely needed.
Instead, as Silva says ‘We had a lot of chances to score more goals and could have scored more and should have scored more….but this is football sometimes.’
It is easy to relax and be philosophical about missed chances when you have won 3-0 away from home.
For the first time this season in the Premier League Watford didn’t score two goals in an away match. Instead it was three but it could have been closer to double figures as Newcastle looked in serious danger whenever Watford crossed the halfway line.
Fair play to Watford for going on the attack in every match, even though it was tough to be on the receiving end today.
“We won the game, really important for us, we got a fantastic result.
“We deserved the three points. We had very good moments, we scored the first goal through something we planned. The confidence in some moments was good, we knew they were strong in the long balls and first and second balls and I think we controlled really well.
“It is important for our players to play with this confidence. It is important for them to rest now and we have a hard game against Manchester United on Tuesday.
“We had a lot of chances to score more goals and could have scored more and should have scored more….but this is football sometimes.
“The most important thing is the three points. It was an important win in an away match against a good team.
“First of all this is a really important win for us.
“It’s an important result, our second win in a row and our second clean sheet in a row. We deserved the win, this is clear. It’s pleasing when how we prepare happens on the pitch. We planned very well for the match.”
“We were winning 2-0 at Everton, lost our focus and they scored two goals. I am happy today because we kept our focus until the end.
“It was important we performed again and increased our confidence. But it is only three points. We must prepare well for the next match. We must finish this match, start to recover and prepare for the next match. We’ll do our best to make a good result.
“Newcastle are a strong team from set-pieces – I don’t know how many but they have scored a good number.
“We were strong in our commitment and kept our focus. We change the formation and put one more central defender on the pitch so we are stronger in that moment.
“We are improving every week and working every week.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle United 0 Watford 3
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
Elliot, Yedlin, Clark, Lejeune, Manquillo, Ritchie, Shelvey, Diame (Merino 69), Murphy (Perez 77), Joselu (Mitrovic 69), Gayle
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)