Xisco Munoz is hoping to see consistency from his Watford team after an indifferent start to the season.

Having won two and lost three from their opening five league games, the head coach is now looking to start building some steadiness in his side, starting against Newcastle United on Saturday.

The Magpies will arrive at the Vic without a win this season and the Spaniard knows it is an opportunity to claim back-to-back league victories, following an important triumph over Norwich City at Carrow Road last week, that he believes will also do wonders for his players’ confidence.

“It’s important to try to give a very good performance because it will have also an impact on our mentality,” he said.

“It’s an important moment for us to try to give a solid and consistent performance.

“We learned about the situations in the last games. We learned about this and we have the balance and I’m sure we have a big potential in attack to try to score.

“We had the balance like this and if we have this balance, I’m sure we are close to taking the points.”

While he is looking to improve his players’ mentality, Munoz insists his players are confident going into the match, particularly after last weekend’s win over Norwich.

He hopes they can rediscover the attitude that allowed them to dominate that game.

“We have high confidence,” he continued.

“I think it was a very good game, the attitude of the players was very important. They gave us very important things in our game.

“Tactically, we did very well and we have another chance in the next game, to take a step forward, it’s important for us to continue working very hard with the same attitude, we will try to keep the same mentality.”

In order to build the consistency Munoz wants, Watford will need to stop the likes of winger Allan Saint-Maximin this weekend, who is inarguably one of the visitors’ most dangerous assets.

Munoz said his players are prepared to face the French attacker, while also looking to stop the Magpies attacking on the break.

“Maxi is an important player for them. We know this and we have respect for all the players, they are a very good team, they have very good things and a very good manager. It’s a hard game,” he said.

“It’s important we have good moments in the game. And it’s important, what we spoke about the last three matches, we stay for a long time, at a good level in our games.

“They have different things, we will try to stop the transition. They’re very good in transitions. We will try to stop them and after we will try to give our options in attack.

“It’s important what we said before about the balance, that we have the balance in offence and defence. I think we can do it.”

Several of Watford’s players could be coming up against their former team this weekend, with the likes of Moussa Sissoko, Danny Rose, Dan Gosling and Rob Elliot all ex-Newcastle players.

Munoz has told them all to try and enjoy what could be a special occasion for them.

“Always when you play against the team you were at before, it’s special,” he said.

“Because always you have friends, you have a good relationship with someone, there may be players, maybe staff working at the club. But always these are special games.”