Daryl Janmaat says Newcastle United must take a big stride forward against Watford – after going backwards at Upton Park.
Steve McClaren’s side prop up the Premier League after a winless start to the season after they were convincingly beaten 2-0 by West Ham United on Monday night.
We need to get the balance right. There were times when we were trying to get men forward, but that left us open at the back and that cannot happen.
And the result has left the team in desperate need of a win against Watford at St James’s Park on Saturday.
Janmaat, Newcastle’s best-performer at Upton Park, feels that the players can’t dwell on what happened in east London.
“It was a really disappointing night, but we have to forget it as quickly as we can now,” said the defender.
“It’s all about looking forward to the next game now, and we know we have to put a lot of things right.
“It’s hard to take any positives out of what happened.
“In some of the earlier games, it felt as though we were making progress, but that was a night when it was hard to be positive about anything.
“Maybe we were on top for small parts of the game, but it was nowhere near good enough.
“We need to get the balance right. There were times when we were trying to get men forward, but that left us open at the back and that cannot happen.
“We didn’t create that many chances, and that definitely has to improve.”
Janmaat and substitute Siem de Jong were the only players to test West Ham United goalkeeper Darren Randolph, and the right-back admitted the team struggled in the final third of the pitch.
“I try to get forward when I can, but collectively we have to offer a much bigger goalscoring threat,” said the 26-year-old.
“I try to join in, but I am a defender and that has to be my main job.
“It is not just about the attackers when it comes to scoring goals, but as a team, we have to find a way of posing more of a threat. We have to score more.”
Newly-promoted Watford claimed their first win of the season at the weekend.
And Janmaat knows the pressure will only intensity on McClaren and his players if Newcastle fail to get off the mark at the sixth attempt.
“It’s a big game (against Watford) now,” said Janmaat.
“It’s important that we get that first win under the belt and Saturday is the next opportunity to do that. We have to win otherwise the pressure will only continue to increase.”