Gracia - Watford were deservedly beaten
Javi Gracia had no qualms as his Watford side were thrashed 5-0 by Liverpool at Anfield on Wednesday.
The Hornets went into the match having lost only one of their last 11 matches across all competitions, but they conceded two goals inside the opening 20 minutes and never really looked like getting back in the game as Liverpool consolidated their place at the top of the Premier League standings.
Gracia was full of praise for Jurgen Klopp's title challengers after the match, admitting they deserved the victory but he is also confident that his Watford side will bounce back from the setback.
"Before the game, we knew it would a very demanding game," he told Sky Sports. "After we conceded one early goal, then it was very difficult for us to compete.
"We tried, in some moments we created some chances but they dominated the game, they created more chances. They played really well and they deserve the victory that they got.
"The only thing I can say about my players is that I have big confidence in them. We are keeping a good level in all our performances. We knew [Liverpool] would be tough but we will look to the next game."
The defeat has seen Watford slip down to eighth in the standings, but they will be hoping to return to winning ways when they welcome Leicester to Vicarage Road on Sunday.
Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.