Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Show Us You're Good Enough to Play for Newcastle United - Never Mind Anyone Else; United Have a Great Chance to End Winless Streak Tomorrow - If Their Attitude Is Right

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Show Us You're Good Enough to Play for Newcastle United - Never Mind Anyone Else; United Have a Great Chance to End Winless Streak Tomorrow - If Their Attitude Is Right

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Byline: Lee Ryder

NEWCASTLE United go into the game against Watford having won just one of their last 16 Premier League matches.

The Magpies have not tasted victory in a top-flight fixture since way back in May, when they beat West Ham United at St James' Park, meaning the much-maligned John Carver was the last man to lead the Magpies to three points.

And that's a statistic which Steve McClaren will be keen to shake off sooner rather than later.

He won't get a better chance than this to do it.

McClaren knew there was a lot of hard work to do when he took over the job back in June.

When pre-season started there were still some players in the doldrums, not only from last season but from seasons before that, and McClaren knows that even now he needs time to build up team spirit.

Wins are a superb remedy for that, and the visit of newly promoted Watford offers United a great chance to record that elusive top-tier win for the first time in almost four months.

What Newcastle fans don't want to hear ahead of the game is: "Oh, but there are no easy wins in the Premier League these days."

That sort of stuff sounds like making excuses before a ball has been kicked.

That's certainly something you can say when you are sitting comfortably in the middle of the table, but when you are sitting at the bottom of the pile having spent PS50m you really should be seeing off a team who were plying their trade in the Championship last term.

In the build-up to the game it was slightly worrying to hear Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores splutter: "We must not underestimate Newcastle."

Well, thanks for that because it seems like the rest of the country have spent the week doing exactly that! Back here on Tyneside, it seems that some players are actually overestimating how good they are.

There's no problem with being confident in your ability in football, it's hard to play the game without it. …

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