Tuesday September 18 2012
Neuton on 'long ball' English game

Udinese owned defender Neuton has given his first reflections on English football after participating in Watford's loss to Bolton.

The Brazilian made his Hornets debut in the 2-0 loss at the Reebok Stadium on Saturday, after moving on loan in August, and the difference between Italian and English football is already evident to him.

“The first half at Bolton was hard for me,” the former Gremio player told Watford's official website.

“It took time but I settled into it and got into my stride.

“It felt like we were too afraid of having the ball and we were under a lot of pressure from them, but in the second half we got much better and there are a lot of positives to take from it.”

In total, Udinese have loaned six players to the Championship Club. Fernando Forestieri came on in the second half on Saturday, while Joel Ekstrand and Marco Cassetti were on the bench.

“English football is much more 'straight' – long balls and very physical,” Neuton added.

“It's true that I am playing football that I'm not used to but that's not more difficult or harder, it's just a challenge and a different way of playing.

“It's great for me to play different types of football and to get experience from different countries. I'm a player that likes to play with the ball on the ground and to my feet.”

Neuton and the other Udinese loanees will have to brush up on their English, as manager Gianfranco Zola has imposed strict new language guidelines at Vicarage Road. Foreign players will be fined if they have not learned the native tongue by a specific deadline.

“They know there is only a certain amount of time in order for them to learn how to communicate in English, because this is an English club and the official language is English,” said the former Cagliari forward.

“After that there will be some fines handed out. This is for communication off the pitch, because on the pitch we all speak the common language of football.”

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