Newcastle Are A Very Tough Opponent For Us


Watford´s new manager Quique Sanchez Flores was appointed to the position in June, and he replaced former head coach Slavisa Jokanovic and is the fifth man to hold that position in the past twelve months.

And the former Valencia right-back has made a very decent start to the season having won their first game last weekend beating Swansea 1-0 at home and getting 6 points out of the first 5 league games of the season.

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Quique Sanchez Flores – Watford´s new manager

The 50 year-old Spaniard was born in Madrid and after playing for Valencia, Real Madrid and Zaragoza in his playing career when he represented Spain 15 times he has managed seven different clubs.

Quique Sanchez Flores seems to know all about Newcastle, and he knows the crowd will be loud and right behind the lads on Saturday in a game, we really have to win.

Wee been surprised how well all three promoted clubs have done so far – although that does tend to happen early in the season.

We are also hoping that Newcastle´s poor results because we have had such a tough start to the season playing four top eight clubs in the first four games – and getting only two draws.

But we let ourselves down badly last Monday night when we were well beaten 2-0 at Upton Park.

Let´s hope we have a very good reaction to that poor performance, and we can get our first win and beat Watford, because if we cannot do that – there will be even more negative press after the game.

This is what  Flores has  said about the game against Newcastle on Saturday:

“We try to prepare very well, it’s a very tough opponent for us.”

“It’s a big stadium, and they have a big supporter following, so we have to be ready as we know it will be a difficult match.”

“We try to separate the win of the last result, but it is important for the morale of the players.”

“We are really happy because we are working very hard as a team, we try to keep the same style and the same ideas.

“We need to be consistent and carry on with the balance, the players are very serious in their work and there’s no need to change.¨

“Now we have more power and confidence after our first win, and now the most important thing I’m telling the players is that we need to get another win.”

“Of course the crowd atmosphere will mean we are under high pressure, but it’s very exciting to think about getting a win at the stadium.”

“If we can make them silent and we can get a good result, then it’ll be very good for the future.”

“Newcastle are a good team, they are very competitive and they need a victory, so it’s important we are aware of that situation.”

The Newcastle players may be a little nervous on Saturday at the start of the game – given its importance, but we really hope we can get all 3 points.

If we can do that, it will be a huge relief.

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112 comments so far

  • Ron Knee

    Sep 17, 2015 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #1

    This is the first match where a win should be guaranteed. No excuses should be accepted if we fail to beat a newly-promoted team at home.

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  • Graeme

    Sep 17, 2015 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #2

    Well, I said when the fixtures were released that this game would be our first win of the season. Even though we are nowhere near where we should be, performance wise, I’m sticking with the prediction that we will win on Saturday!!!

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Sep 17, 2015 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #3

    We have made too many failed signings the last couple of seasons. Riviere, cabella, Anita, Siem. I think thauvin is just going to follow cabella as th next expensive flop. We’ve been too shi* for a long time with no investment done in defence.

    The only way we are to progress is for us to get relegated. The attitude and vibe is terrible at the club.

    Mclaren defensive football against the top teams was rubbish to watch. Other smaller teams in the league has more guts than us.

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  • hibbit

    Sep 17, 2015 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #4

    bobby its getting that win that’s going to be hard we don’t look like scoring and the way were setup is way to defencive Mc knows how poor our back 4 are thats why he is playing 2 dm to cover them

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  • bettyswallocks

    Sep 17, 2015 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #5

    Graeme….. I wish I could share your confidence

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  • Munster Mag

    Sep 17, 2015 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #6

    Yes Mr Sanchez Flores, it must be awful playing a team who doesnt like defending and likes to pass the ball sideways, in front of a half mute crowd. Desperate stuff sir.

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 17, 2015 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #7

    Definitely time to make SJP a scary place to come again. We know how it can affect the game when we make it hostile. You only have to listen to blubbing Arsenal pundits to know they don’t like it. I always maintained that it was the support that got us the 4-4 draw v Arsenal, as much as the players. Their players couldn’t offload the ball quick enough and frankly, I think we scared them to death that day. The more hostile we can make it – within limits of the law, obviously – the more it helps the team.

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  • Jib

    Sep 17, 2015 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #8

    No wins are guaranteed in the EPL.
    The attitude and vibe is 100% better at the club than last season.
    NUFC24/7 number 9 is on NUFCtv for those who subscribe , plus an itnerview with Jack Colback post West Ham

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  • Mister Tuff

    Sep 17, 2015 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #9

    Jib Jibberish – how do you know 100% that the attitude and vibe is better than last season – do you have someone on the inside who updates you?
    Oh silly me – I forgot about Uncle Peanut.

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  • hibbit

    Sep 17, 2015 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #10

    munster the crowd has been very good and loud this season and right behind the team but i dont know for how long

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 17, 2015 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #11

    Ron…from earlier! It’s not that I don’t rate Thauvin I just thought we needed to try something else up front (and formation wise)

    …but it’s not that I think Macca will try. I have heard he’s just as conservative as Pardew when it comes to change things up 😉

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  • SPRINGY

    Sep 17, 2015 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #12

    jib
    have’nt 7 or 8 yet!!lol

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  • bettyswallocks

    Sep 17, 2015 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #13

    Jib….. The attitude and vibe won’t be good if we lose on Sat.

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  • SPRINGY

    Sep 17, 2015 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #14

    and ya right no win is guaranteed but commitment and graft should be

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  • SPRINGY

    Sep 17, 2015 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #15

    betty
    especially with a potential couple of hidings coming off chelsea and man city if we do lose

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 17, 2015 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #16

    Hibbitt, that first win should come Saturday. I’d only play one dm and go for 4132. The usual back five, then:

    Wijnaldum

    Thauvin, Sissoko. Aarons

    De Jong. Perez.

    Sissoko can cover should Gini wish to break and we’d break with plenty pace and power. I know Macca’s unlikely to see it my way, but we need to make a statement imo and that team would be it.

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  • SPRINGY

    Sep 17, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #17

    bobby
    canny side only thing gini’s instinct to push on could leave us a little bit open….maybe swap sissoko with him?

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  • hibbit

    Sep 17, 2015 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #18

    you just have to look at the poll fans think this is a walk over if we dont win this game the mood will change for a lot of folks and the honeymoon will be over Mc has to go for a win

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  • bettyswallocks

    Sep 17, 2015 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #19

    Sutty…… Don’t know if we can use a poor, disrupted pre-season for a crap start.

    Chelsea didn’t have much of a pre-season and look at their start.

    I’m probably clutching at straws .

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  • Ron Knee

    Sep 17, 2015 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #20

    jesper
    And Percy only achieved that winning run of matches because he was forced to make changes!

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  • SPRINGY

    Sep 17, 2015 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #21

    not convinced its as easy as its bein made out to be tbh

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  • bettyswallocks

    Sep 17, 2015 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #22

    Sorry Springy not Sutty.

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  • Jib

    Sep 17, 2015 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #23

    Mister Tuff
    Still got those comprehension difficulties ?
    I didn’t say I knew 100%
    I said in my OPINION it is 100% better
    Try this :-
    http://www.123helpme.com/difficulties-in-speaking-english-view.asp?id=168619

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 17, 2015 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #24

    Springy, Gini and Sissoko can mix and match between if needs be. DM is where Gini made his name for PSV, but Macca did say he would play him in his preferred No10 role. I’m pretty sure he’s a team player though and would play wherever needed. Iike I said though, when he breaks out, Sissoko can cover if required, so they would be pretty fluid. Let Watford worry about us with that line up! 🙂

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  • Jib

    Sep 17, 2015 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #25

    Springy
    It shows the team ariving at the Boleyn gound after their mile long walk.
    Try to imagine the abuse West Ham players would have got from home fans if they’d arrived at SJP after walking from Todds Nook.

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  • SPRINGY

    Sep 17, 2015 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #26

    bobby
    if it could work would be very effective….but dont think the sides goin to change imo

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  • SPRINGY

    Sep 17, 2015 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #27

    jib
    yeah it would b a hostile scene!…..a bet a few of our players probably crapped themselves!lol

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  • SPRINGY

    Sep 17, 2015 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #28

    bobby
    do you think sissoko is that disciplined to do that tho?…..he likes the glory up front to much i think!!lol

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  • Jib

    Sep 17, 2015 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #29

    I hope Mbemba didn’t walk through the Eastend in his dinner jacket Ha ha ha

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 17, 2015 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #30

    Springy, I know it’s unlikely, but ya never know. 🙂 The thing is, what he’s tried up to now hasn’t really worked and he still hasn’t decided on his best team yet, so he might try something different v Watford and that’s my option if he chooses to listen. 😉 I think it would make for an exciting match though.

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  • Ron Knee

    Sep 17, 2015 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #31

    Bobby
    But don’t you think Sissoko is a very limited player – like Cissé? His passing and tackling are poor, and his attitude is questionable at times.

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  • Jib

    Sep 17, 2015 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #32

    Somebody said earlier that Mbemba Perez De Jong Wijnaldum Thauvin and Janmaat are the 6 standouts on ability in our squad .
    Given that Colo and Krul pretty much have to play it should be a simple matter to think of a system to accomodate the other 3 .

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 17, 2015 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #33

    Springy, ain’t seen too much of Sissoko’s glory this season, have we mate? 😉 I’m sure he could do a job there, because he’d only be required to drop back when Gini went surging forward. Anyway, Macca picks the team, but it was fun to pretend 😉

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 17, 2015 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #34

    Ron, I don’t think he can’t do it, he’s not that limited imo, but he doesn’t turn up every match – which would be a drawback if he didn’t show. This isn’t a game I expect us to be pushed back as much as previously and a good, all out attacking display that resulted in a win would work wonders right through the club.

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  • hibbit

    Sep 17, 2015 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #35

    people expect to win this game Mc must know this ??

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  • Ron Knee

    Sep 17, 2015 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #36

    Amen to that, Bobby!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 17, 2015 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #37

    I bet toonbotherer is the only person on this blog praying for a loss or a draw on Saturday

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  • toonbrother

    Sep 17, 2015 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #38

    with colo in the mix victory on saturday is pretty much impossible

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  • Munster Mag

    Sep 17, 2015 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #39

    Good to hear the atmosphere is up Hibbitt. Its about the only thing we are now famous for so we need to keep it. Bobby, i would be happy to see Sissoko benched, the big bollocks. Usual back 4 plus
    Thauvin Wini Anita Aarons
    De Jong
    Perez

    I am not convinced by De Jong and would be a bit worried about lack of height in the centre , given two wingers, but at least this gets our quality on the pitch. Perez is a lovely footballer and is a must pick for many reasons. Get after this lot early.

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 17, 2015 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #40

    Blast. My presence is required behind the steering wheel so I have to leave. Thanks for the craic fellow bloggers. Try to be nice to each other… 🙂

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