First Team 26/11/2017

Gray | “A Massive Win For Us”

Andre Gray felt the timing of Watford’s opening goal was crucial as the Hornets went on to achieve a convincing 3-0 win at Newcastle United yesterday.

The striker also conceded the Hornets have performed better in the past without picking up points, despite acknowledging that they were ultimately good value for their three points.

“It was a massive win for us,” said Gray, speaking to after full-time.

“It’s a tough place to come so it was important to start strong and Hughesy went and scored the goal at the perfect time. It was a great team goal and a great finish.

“We got a bit lucky with the second just before half-time but I think we deserved it.

“I don’t think we were at our best. We had a lot of chances but I think we got a bit sloppy at times. 

“But being able to say that after coming away to Newcastle and winning 3-0, I think it says a lot about us.”

Gray converts Richarlison's cross to make it 3-0

Gray’s second goal of the season extended Watford’s lead further after the break, and the ex-Burnley front-man was pleased to find the target after a run of six outings without scoring.

“It was a case of keeping my concentration. I had a big miss going through one-on-one when I should’ve done better but I just shrugged it off and thought I’d get another chance,” he said.

“It’s not been the best of runs for me but I’ve stayed positive. It was a great ball from Richarlison and I just tapped it in. On another day I would’ve got a hat-trick.”

There were 2,200 noisy supporters up in the Gods at St James’ Park and their exceptional backing didn’t go unnoticed during another successful 2017/18 away-day for the Hornets.

“It was brilliant from them, especially with them being so high up,” smiled Gray.

“It’s like they put them out of the way so it doesn’t affect the Newcastle players, but they were in full voice. We could hear them all the way up there.

“They spur us on, they stick behind us and clap us off win or lose. They really believe in us.”

Watch Gray’s full interview in the video above – free to view, no sign-up required.

First Team 25/11/2017

Highlights: Newcastle 0-3 Watford