Silva | “We Planned Very Well”
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Marco Silva felt another high-class away performance from his vibrant side could have resulted in an even bigger margin of victory.
Goals from Will Hughes, an own goal and Andre Gray swept Watford into a three-goal lead after an hour at a ground where the Magpies had conceded just five goals in their previous three games. Had chances for Richarlison and Gray, at least twice, gone in then the Golden Boys could have been even further in front. As it is, that's now seven away games in a row that the Hornets have scored two or more.
“We had a lot of chances to score more goals and could have scored more and should have scored more,” said Silva, “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.”
The Hornets are starting to make a habit of good wins on the road. This one sat alongside the ones they picked up at Bournemouth, Southampton and Swansea and helped erase the memory of the harsh defeats at Chelsea and Everton. The fact these performances and results are becoming such commonplace suggests some fine tactical work is taking place on the training field.
“First of all this is a really important win for us,” said Silva. “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.”
While the win against West Ham halted the run of three straight defeats, this game put to bed the defeat at Everton, showing the team can, once again, close out a game once they have scored twice.
“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.”
Watford can head into the Manchester United match with new found defensive confidence after keeping a second consecutive clean sheet and looking much more organised from set-plays.
“Newcastle are a strong team from set-pieces,” said Silva. “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 [in the last two matches] on the pitch so we are stronger in that moment. We are improving every week and working every week.”
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