Newcastle defender Daryl Janmaat has admitted feeling under pressure after the Magpies' poor start to the season, and is aware that it will only increase the longer they go without a win.
“It’s a big game (against Watford) now… It’s important that we get that first win under the belt,” he told the Chronicle.
“We have to win otherwise the pressure will only continue to increase.”
The Dutchman was one of the few in black and white to emerge with any credit after Monday’s dismal defeat at West Ham United and drew praise from Gary Neville, on Sky Sports' Monday Night Football, among others.
Janmaat was one of the few bright sparks in an attacking sense, but insists defending is his priority and the team as a whole must pose a greater threat.
“I try to join in (the attack), 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,” he added.
Steve McClaren’s men currently sit bottom of the Premier League table after three defeats and two draws in their opening five games.
Defensively, Newcastle have generally shown an improvement on last season but the problems have been at the other end of the pitch, with neither Papiss Cisse nor Aleksandar Mitrovic contributing a great deal.
The Serbian’s return from suspension will be a boost, providing he manages to control his temperament in future games, and the pressure will be on the big-money signing to start proving his worth.