NO wonder Marco Silva turned a blind eye to Everton’s advances – at this rate he is heading for far bigger things.
And no wonder Watford continued to insist no amount of compensation would see them release the manager even if he HAD insisted he was keen to take over at Goodison Park.
For just 12 league games into his life as Hornets gaffer, Silva’s stock is rising by the week – just like Watford’s position in the table.
Newcastle became the latest notch on the bedpost, as Silva outwitted Rafa Benitez – no mean feat in itself – and sent the Toon crashing to a fourth straight defeat.
And it was an especially torrid afternoon for right back DeAndre Yedlin, constantly out of position and the unwitting scorer of the second.
Yedlin first went AWOL when Marvin Zeegelaar was let in acres of space after 21 minutes, allowing him to pick out Will Hughes for the opener.
Then, right on half time, Zeegelaar made the most of being unmarked again to drill in another low cross which flew in past the backtracking Yedlin’s right boot.
The Dutchman was sporting a protective face mask after his run-in with Andy Carroll’s elbow a week ago, but there was no hint of highway robbery about this.
The points were already in the bag thanks to that own goal and Hughes’ second in a week, following his effort against the Hammers last week.
But any lingering doubts were blown away midway through the second half – again with Yedlin left in no-man’s land.
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This time Richarlison made the most of it with a clinical delivery that saw Andre Gray slide in and half volley home at the far post.
Newcastle’s bright moments didn’t extend much beyond the odd half chance here and there – but really they did little to tempt would-be buyer Amanda Staveley to up her offer to buy the club.
Facts, Stats, Goals & Lols
- The Hornets have scored 2 or more goals in every one of their Premier League away games this season.
- No player has been involved in more away goals in the Premier League this season than Richarlison.
- Watford have now won more away points in the Premier League this season than in the whole of last term.
- Watford won both league games against the Toon in the 2015-16 campaign, but they’ve never previously managed to beat them in three consecutive meetings.
- The Hornets have used the most players (26) and have the most different goalscorers in the Premier League so far
- Newcastle have the youngest starting XI on average this season in the Premier League
- The Toon have now lost two of their last 13 home games against Watford.
- Richarlison has now been involved in seven goals in his last eight Premier League appearances for Watford.