Silva | “We Play To Try And Score”
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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."