24/11/2017

Silva | “We Play To Try And Score”

Watch the full pre-Newcastle press conference above. Whether you’re at St James' Park on Saturday or supporting from afar, follow the action live – including full match commentary – with watfordfc.com’s dedicated matchday feed; just like the BBC and Sky, but tailored especially for Hornets’ fans.


Head Coach Marco Silva says he remains wholly committed to the free-flowing approach that has yielded two goals in every away game this season.

The Hornets have become one of the most attractive sides on the road, thrillingly finding the net as many times as Tottenham and Liverpool on the back of some speedy and imaginative attacking play.

Silva is not about to throw the baby out without the bath water just because of back-to-back defeats at Chelsea and Everton.

"Two goals in every away match is very good numbers for us," said the Portuguese coach. "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."

Silva, though, is not happy with the goals against tally, which is in double figures at home and away.

"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," he said. "If they score a great goal then congratulations to them. The opposition didn't create a lot. It was more our mistakes."

Newcastle are a side who don't give much away – they've only conceded five goals in six home games – so Saturday's game promises to be a good test of Watford's ability to unlock a defence.

"It will be a really difficult game, a tough game," said Silva.

"They 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."

Silva was relieved to see the team pick up three points against West Ham, not because the Hornets had lost the last three but because the victory provided further vindication of his approach, of what he calls 'our way'. 

"I didn't see a big difference between the three defeats and the West Ham match," he said.

"In the first 45 minutes against Stoke I didn't see our image as a  team. In all the others we performed really well and the result didn't reflect what happened in the pitch. We know we were close to achieving good results. It's important to play like we did after the three defeats. The team performed well, played with confidence and we enjoyed the performance."

The fans enjoyed it too at a rocking Vicarage Road under the lights. It was a demonstration of unity and togetherness after a turbulent week. 

"The team spirit is very, very good. Amazing," said Silva.

"It is important that we show good spirit. 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. The only way we can prove something is on the pitch."

TEAM NEWS | NEWCASTLE UNITED v WATFORD

23/11/2017

Team News | Newcastle United

Watch the full pre-Newcastle press conference above. Whether you’re at St James' Park on Saturday or supporting from afar, follow the action live – including full match commentary – with watfordfc.com’s dedicated matchday feed; just like the BBC and Sky, but tailored especially for Hornets’ fans.


Kiko Feminía has recovered from the problem that forced him off against West Ham United and is fit to face Newcastle United this weekend.

The buccaneering full-back, who has been a revelation since signing on a free from Alaves, was substituted in the 86th minute of the 2-0 win over the Hammers with a leg problem and replaced by Jose Holebas, but he is fine to start what would be his eighth game in a row on Saturday.

“He is okay,” said Head Coach Marco Silva. “He has done all the sessions with us this week.”

Silva also confirmed that Daryl Janmaat, the man Feminía has replaced in the side, is not injured and that the decision to leave him out of Sunday's squad was a “tactical” one. It says plenty about the depth of Watford's squad these days that no place could be found in the 18 for the Dutch international and club record defensive purchase.

Competition for places will be even fiercer once, in time, Younès Kaboul, Isaac Success, Nathaniel Chalobah and Craig Cathcart are restored to full fitness. Silva had no update on their fitness today, unable to give an exact timeframe for their full recovery, but he is looking forward to welcoming them back sooner rather than later.

“We'll see what happens in the next weeks,” he said. 

“I hope as soon as possible as they are important players for us. I want everybody ready to play and ready to compete so then I can take my decision [on who starts]. 

“When they come back, it will be very good for us as a team. We can improve. We are stronger with all our players ready to play. I need to have problems in my head, in my mind to decide the starting XI. I'm sure we'll improve when those players come back.”

It could shortly be a case of all hands on deck for the Golden Boys, who kick off a run of 10 games in 38 days on Saturday. 

“The next months are really hard,” said Silva. “We have a lot of games. It is better if we have everybody ready.” 

One player who is ready is Marvin Zeegelaar, the left-back who showed the Head Coach how committed he is to the cause by playing on against West Ham following a heavy bang to his nose. 

“He was good,” said Silva. “It was not easy to play like he did with this problem. He gave a good answer, like everyone expected as we know how he works. It was a good debut for him.”