Eddie Howe press conference: Watford message, Chris Wood arrival and injury update

Eddie Howe has bullishly claimed that we are going to win our crucial six pointer against Watford tomorrow afternoon.

Newcastle host the Hornets knowing victory could take us out of the relegation zone by a point.

However, defeat would put us in a truly perilous position – making the game the definition of a six-pointer.

Howe was confident in his press conference ahead of our clash with the Hornets.

“We’re going to win the game”

“We’re going in to win the game,” Howe claimed.

“Everybody connected with the club was disappointed with last week. 

“We were really keen to build momentum – we didn’t do that. We’ve regrouped, we’ve discussed what went wrong and we’re going to try & put it right.”

On Chris Wood’s arrival

Our manager also welcomed the much-needed arrival of Chris Wood from fellow strugglers Burnley and says he looks forward to having a striker with his credentials in the side.

Howe said: “We’re really pleased with the signing of Chris. 

“I think he’ll fit in really well to the team. 

“He’s experienced, he’s ready to play and he knows the Premier League. He gives us something a little bit different.”

“I’ve never been shy of saying I admire tall, physical strikers who can give you a platform to play and I’ve signed many down the years. 

“When you look at last week when we put 30 crosses into the box, we were crying out for someone with his strengths and his qualities.”

“I think he’s going to be hugely motivated to play well for Newcastle and help lead us out of the position we’re in. He’s got experience of that as well. He’s a person I admire as well – I’ve been hugely impressed by his character and his attitude.”

On injures & Covid

Howe revealed that the squad is still hit with Covid cases but did give a positive update on two defenders.

“We’ve still got a couple of Covid cases,” he added.

“We have testing today so fingers crossed nobody succumbs there. We have Jamal Lewis and Paul Dummett edging closer to a return. 

“We have a few knocks and niggles but nothing too serious.”

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