Wednesday 21 August 2019

Silva silent on his future

Newcastle 0 Watford 3

Watford manager Marco Silva and Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez during the match. Photo: Scott Heppell/Reuters
Watford manager Marco Silva and Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez during the match. Photo: Scott Heppell/Reuters

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Marco Silva steadfastly refused to discuss his future after watching his Watford side demolish Newcastle. The Portuguese has been persistently linked with the managerial vacancy at Everton, but remained tight-lipped on Tyneside yesterday.

He said: "I don't want to talk about speculation. I'm here to talk about the game and I'm really happy with how we performed."

Silva was delighted with his team's display as they systematically dismantled the Magpies, targeting the space vacated by attacking full-back DeAndre Yedlin to great effect.

Will Hughes fired them into a 19th-minute lead from Marvin Zeegelaar's cross and the unfortunate Yedlin turned another Zeegelaar cross past his own keeper Rob Elliot on the stroke of half-time.

Watford's Richarlison battles for the ball with Newcastle United's Joselu. Photo: Scott Heppell/Reuters
Watford's Richarlison battles for the ball with Newcastle United's Joselu. Photo: Scott Heppell/Reuters

Richarlison provided the ammunition from the left flank for Andre Gray to kill off any hope of a fightback, although the striker was guilty of two glaring misses on a day when they visitors could have won even more comfortably.

It was a sobering afternoon for Rafael Benitez, whose fears over the inadequacies of his squad were highlighted once again by a fourth successive defeat.

The Spaniard was making no excuses, but reverted to his tried and tested mantra when asked about the way forward.

Benitez said: "We have to realise - the staff, the players, the fans, the media - that the only way for us is to keep working harder and together, that's it. Simple.

"We have to realise that we are a team that has to work hard from now until the end of the season. It's not a surprise for us that when you make mistakes, you pay for that."

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