If there is anyone who has failed to grasp why Marco Silva’s reputation as a manager soars, take a look at Watford clinically dismantling Newcastle and pause for a moment to consider how easy they made it look.
How times have changed. Not just in that we come up to St.James’ Park and win, not just that such a win isn’t a smash and grab or a massive shock in itself, though both of those are remarkable. The truly monumental thing is that we can come here and not play that well, actually, and win 3-0.
The walk to St James’s Park is all uphill, but that is just the appetiser before the trek up to Level 7. As we climbed, there were posters warning about the dangers and penalties for pyrotechnics. One dire warning suggested that you could end up in A&E. I was concerned that the walk to the gods was more likely to send me there.
As I was travelling home it was revealed that we would be featured first on Match of the Day, an incredibly rare occurrence after a Watford victory. Unfortunately for me, Newcastle was so far away from my flat that I wouldn’t make it back in time for the start of the show.