Marco Silva was steadfastly refusing to discuss his future after watching his Watford side demolish Newcastle at St James’ Park.
The Portuguese has been persistently linked with the managerial vacancy at Everton in recent weeks, but remained tight-lipped in the immediate aftermath of the Hornets’ 3-0 Premier League win on Tyneside on Saturday afternoon.
Watford, an away team transformed, were our early winners of the weekend, by the way.
He said: “I don’t want to talk about speculation, this is for you. I’m here to talk about the game and I’m really happy with how we performed this afternoon. That’s the most important thing for me.”
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.
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.
Silva said: “Firstly, it was a really important win for us. We got an important result, and important three points, a second win in a row – a second clean sheet in a row as well is important for us.
“I think it’s clear we deserved the three points. We planned the match very well.
“We planned well and our players understood well and it’s a pleasure for us when we prepare something and afterwards, things happen well during the match.
“We had a lot of chances to score more goals this afternoon. We created a lot of chances to score and we could have scored more and should have scored more during the match.
“But that’s football. Sometimes we create only one chance and we score. In this game, we maybe created six, seven clear chances to score and we scored three.
“But the most important thing for us is the three points.”
It proved a sobering afternoon for opposite number 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. We knew that was the Premier League and it’s what’s happening now.”
Newcastle head for managerless West Brom on Tuesday evening desperate to stop the rot and with confidence dwindling.
Benitez said: “It’s something that we have to realise could happen, that you could lose games because we are in the Premier League and it’s another level.
“Everybody needs to know that if we want to improve, we have to work harder and better, that’s it.”