Rob Elliot urges Newcastle United to do the 'horrible things' needed to beat Watford

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Steve McClaren's side travel to Vicarage Road on Saturday.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Newcastle United goalkeeper Rob Elliot has urged his side to do the horrible things needed to secure a win against Watford.

Things have picked up for the Magpies in recent weeks, with a 2-1 win over West Ham last weekend taking them to within a point of safety.

It has not been going as well for the Hornets though, with a 1-0 loss to Swansea City on Monday evening their fifth defeat in a row in the Premier League.

That form has left Newcastle confident of picking up all three points in this weekend’s clash, but he has insisted his side must do the horrible things to secure them nonetheless.

“We go there with confidence, but also with caution because you have to at this level,” he told nufc.com.

“You can't take things for granted, you can't think you're just going to turn up. We’ve got to make sure we do all the horrible things; the tackles, the nitty gritty, the running back, the shape.”

“The quality we've got in the front six is enough to beat any team but we need to make sure we do the other stuff first, all the stuff that you get paid the money for - the running, the working, the heading, the kicking, set plays.”

While Elliot wants to see his side doing the horrible things this weekend, he is sure to be hoping that one player can continue to do the good things for the side.

That man is Jonjo Shelvey, with his debut seeing him at his creative best, adding the sort of incisive passing that has been missing from the Magpies midfield so far this season.

He is already looking likely to be a big part of their hopes of avoiding relegation this season, and Elliot will be hoping he can build upon the impressive start he made last weekend.

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